Created by Dirk Manning

When the lovable Cthulhu Jr. and a wannabe supervillain cross paths, hilarity and hijinks ensue in this new all-ages graphic novel!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Hardcovers are here! TPBs are here! Plushies are en route!
about 2 months ago – Fri, Feb 03, 2023 at 06:57:38 PM

These books are so gorgeous...

Look upon what I now have in my possession!

So bright! So fun! So gorgeous!

Both the hardcovers and the TPBs are absolutely stunning, friends! I know we've had a long wait on these books, but let me tell ya'... the quality on these is so good that the wait has truly been worth it. I just keep picking them up and thumbing through them. Scoot's art and Sean's colors are so vibrant!

Delivery update!

I've been told the plushies are en route, and Scoot and I will be signing and remarking the bookplates that come with the hardcovers in the coming week!

I'll be getting on the road for the "20 Years of Terror" tour in March, and I would like for you to all have your books by then so you can collect extra signatures should you wish, so I'll be talking to Source Point Press and I'll be keeping you posted!

The hat pins are here too! Ain't they adorable... and awesome?!?

I probably don't say this enough, but thanks for your patience and support on this one, friends. Doing the books and the plushies at the same time -- combined with the paper shortage -- definitely caused this campaign to fulfill slower than I wanted, but, again, now that I'm getting to see the results first hand, it's certainly worth it!

THANK YOU! I'll be in touch soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

They say a picture is worth a thousand words...
3 months ago – Mon, Jan 09, 2023 at 07:31:54 PM

So let's just start with this, shall we?

Rejoice! The books are starting to be unpacked the SPP warehouse!

This photo is from the Source Point Press warehouse, friends! After several unexpected shipping delays (blame R'lyeh?) the books have arrived and are being unpacked!

Yes, these are the TPB editions... but it's the first photo I got so I wanted to send it right away! Yay! Thank you for your patience!

And about the plushies...

Furthermore, we have received word from the toy factory that the Cthulhu Jr. plushies are on a boat, so it's our hope they'll be here in about 45 days! Huzzah!

I assure you, I am as anxious as all of you are to get these books and plushies, and I'm exceptionally excited that we're now this close to making it happen!

My current plan is to head to the SPP warehouse next week, so if possible I'm going to take some more photos then and I will keep you all posted!

Again... THANK YOU for your patience! We're in the home stretch now, and I'll keep you all posted again very soon!


Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

Big Update! With photos!
4 months ago – Mon, Nov 21, 2022 at 03:04:54 AM

Our books are next!

Hello everyone! I've got exciting news!

First, I'm delighted to announce that I've been informed the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover Editions of THE ADVENTURES OF CTHULHU JR. AND FRIENDS are the next in que at the printer -- finally! As I'm sure you all know, printing has been a bit jammed-up for a while, but we're next! Yay! This means, including shipping, the books should be at the fulfillment center warehouse in about two months! I appreciate all your patience through this process, as I'm as anxious to get these books in my hands as you are... and the warehouse has assured me they'll start to be (carefully) packaged and shipped out to you as soon as they arrive!

Plushie Proof!

Furthermore, we got the final model for the Cthulhu Jr. plushie... and look at this cute little guy!

He looks so cuddly!

The plushies are going to be shipping from a different factory than the books (of course), and we're waiting on a final-final timeline on their arrival... and you'll have another update shortly when I get THAT date.

That being said, we're discussing possibly shipping the plushies and the books (and all the other stretch goals) separately in order to best maintain the shipping integrity of the books... but, again, I'll keep you posted on that.

Thanks, all! I appreciate you all very much, and I'll have another update for you soon! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please drop me a message!

Oh... you wanna wrestle?

Before I go... have you seen the newest book I'm writing for Source Point Press?I'm honored to have co-written ARN ANDERSON: MY LIFE AS THE ENFORCER with legendary wrestler (and founder of The Four Horsemen) Arn Anderson! This is the true story of Arn's life leading-up to -- and then forever changing -- the landscape of professional wrestling and is gorgeously illustrated by the tag-team talents of Colm Griffin and Shawn Daley:

Love professional wrestling? Know someone who does? If so, get this new graphic novel!

If you're a fan of professional wrestling (or know someone who is) please head over to and check it out! Real talk... the first five pages of this book are among the favorite openings to a graphic novel I've ever written... EVER!

Thanks again, all! I hope you're all doing well and I'll be in touch again soon with more CTHULHU JR. updates! In the meantime, rejoice, he's almost here!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

The stars are entering their proper alignment...
5 months ago – Sun, Oct 16, 2022 at 11:24:32 PM


Hello friends!

I just finished doing a final proofread on the print-ready files THE ADVENTURES OF CTHULHU JR. AND FRIENDS... and it felt good. Really good!

Once this final PDF is approved it gets sent right to the printer, who will then print and deliver the books to the warehouse, who will then pack and ship your books and Stretch Goal bonuses, as well as your plushies and anything else you may have ordered.

Because we're now this close, the BackerKits will be closed and locked in the next few days, with all ordered considered finalized. So...

  • If you haven't completed your BackerKit yet, please do so immediately! 
  • If you want to add any additional add-ons to your pledge, please do so immediately!

You can check your BackerKit and make sure everything is as you'd like it at

Thanks all! I appreciate all your support very much! Looking through the whole book like this makes me more excited than ever for all of you to get this one in your hands... and I'll be in touch with another update soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

The Big Apple beckons... then production begins!
6 months ago – Sat, Oct 01, 2022 at 09:21:41 AM

The last chance...

Hey all!

With New York Comic Con on the horizon, I wanted to give you all a quick update on the status of production of The Adventures of Cthulhu Jr. and Friends as we enter the final stretch towards production!

As many of you know, I'll be at New York Comic Con (Artist Alley Table H8) this weekend, as will Source Point Press (Main Floor, Booth 2343). SPP is doing a major push for their Kudlee Kaiju line of plushies at the con (seriously -- I've seen the bag and bags of them... and it's A LOT)... so we decided to keep the BackerKit open until after the convention in order to give people one last chance to get in preorders for the Cthulhu Jr.  TPB and a plushie.

In full transparency, supply chain issues continue to be a minor factor, and this little extra time is also part of the process of us just getting "in que" with the companies who have the supplies we need to get our stuff!

Keep in mind, though, that all of YOU get the KS Exclusive Hardcover edition of the book if you ordered it -- and all the other KS Exclusive Stretch Goals, so by backing this campaign you got the most swag for the lowest price. So again -- sincerely -- THANK YOU.

And speaking of BackerKit...

Speaking of the BackerKit, huge congratulations on most of you filling out your BackerKit so quickly! Y'all rock!

There's a few of you out there who haven't completed your BackerKit yet, so if you haven't and you're reading this, please do so HERE:

Also keep in mind that the BackerKit is open to the public, so if you know someone who missed the campaign but may want the TPB and/or the plushie feel free to share that link with them! After all, who among us doesn't need a little more Cthulhu in our lives, right?

And speaking of Cthulhu...

The Great Old one has always had a looming presence (to say the least) in my horror noir series TALES OF MR. RHEE, and that is especially the case in the brand new and latest installment of the series TALES OF MR. RHEE: "Rock Star Paranoia" by me, illustrator Austin McKinley, colorist/letterer Alessandro de Fornasari, and editor Drena Jo.

Well, I'm excited to announce that both Austin and Drena Jo will both be joining me at New York Comic Con next week! If you're coming to the show -- or know someone who is -- send them by to come say "Hello!" and maybe get a signed book or two, yeah?

Again, who among us doesn't need a little more Cthulhu in our lives, right?

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Again, friends, thank you so much for all your support on this campaign. Once NYCC is over production on this book is expected to proceed pretty quickly, so expect more updates soon!

In the meantime, THANK YOU for your support... and know I very much look forward to seeing some of you at New York Comic Con! If you're there, be sure to swing by the Source Point Press booth, too!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning