Hey all!

I don’t think there’s anything in the comic industry that matters more than numbers, whether it be the number of issues a comic has out, the number of pre-orders a comic receives through PREVIEWS, or the number of books a creator can sell at a convention or signing appearance.

Comic titles — and by proxy, comic creators — live and die by numbers.

This past August I started what I knew would be the biggest book tour I’ve ever done. I wasn’t sure exactly how big it would get at the time, but I knew it would be at least 18 shows in 18 weeks if for no other reason than to take back my imaginary championship belt from Victor Dandridge due to him conquering my former “road warrior” status of doing 15 shows in 15 weeks by doing 20 shows in 17 weeks.

As the tour went on it looked like I would be settling on 23 shows in 18 consecutive weeks — which is pretty crazy in and of itself.

But 23 shows… it just didn’t sit quite right with me.

Numbers are important, after all.

Given this — and through a little bit of the stars entering their proper alignment — I was able to line-up one more signing appearance, resulting in a total of 24 appearances in 18 consecutive weeks.

I don’t know if there’s a world record for such things, but if there is, damn, I’d like to think I’ve set the bar pretty high.

Either way, I’ll know I’ve beaten Victor after he beat me, right? Ha! Take THAT, dude!

Point being, my “Signing and Appearances” section of this website is updated to reflect my December appearances, which will consist of one final appearance in Michigan in 2014 and then a few scattered about Ohio. If you’re in the area when I’ll be around I encourage you to swing by… and if not, hey, I’m already lining-up a pretty nice number of convention appearances scattered throughout the Midwest in 2015.

Oh… and you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be doing a massive write-up (or series of write-ups?) about this whole tour over at www.BleedingCool.com in January… which, if all goes according to plan, is we’ll be running a Kickstarter for a TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” collection.

If we don’t speak on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or the like before you celebrate whatever winter holiday(s) you partake in, I hope they’re merry and joyous, and I look forward to seeing you online and/or on the road soon!

Your friend in comics,
Dirk Manning

P.S.– Just for kicks, here’s a sneak peek at the cover to TALES OF MR. RHEE: “Karmageddon” #4. As you might suspect based on what you see, it’s a pretty brutal conclusion to the series.

SPOILER: It's quite possible, yes.

It can’t really all end like this, can it?