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:

Did you fill-out your BackerKit? Also, some HOPE-full news!
7 months ago – Thu, Sep 01, 2022 at 06:04:06 AM

Hey all!

It looks like about 90% of you filled-out your BackerKit! Yay! If you haven't yet, please take a moment to go here to do so:


Also, if you know someone who may have missed the campaign, feel free to share the BackerKit link with them so they can still get the TPB (and more, such as the plushie) with free shipping:

That aside, if you don't mind me offering you a little cross-pollination, I wanted to make you all aware that Source Point Press is offering a "Special Edition" reprint of my graphic novel HOPE Volume 1: "Mother" that's now available for pre-order through comic shops everywhere! If you have a local comic shop, I encourage you to ask them to pre-order you a copy so you can get it day-of-release this November HERE.

Thanks again, everyone! I appreciate you and will be in touch again soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

The BackerKit is LIVE! Complete it to finalize your order!
8 months ago – Sat, Aug 13, 2022 at 04:12:20 AM

Here's the BackerKit link if you didn't get it yet!

Hey all!

As of earlier today you should have all gotten a link to the CTHULHU JR. BackerKit, which is where you need to go to verify your address and finalize your order.

If you didn't see (or get) the email, you can access your BackerKit HERE:

As mentioned a moment ago, through BackerKit you'll also be able to  provide us with  your shipping address and specify any other details...  including adding on any bonus items you may want.

You can also share the BackerKit link if you know anyone who perhaps missed the initial campaign but may want to get a copy of the book, the plushie, or more. (Fear not, the hardcover edition and the Stretch Goals are NOT being made available to anyone who didn't preorder it through the Kickstarter Campaign. Only YOU get those numerous perks for preordering!)

What You Need to Know About BackerKit (Especially if You've Never Used it Before)

Your BackerKit will be pre-populated with the rewards you pledged for during the campaign. After you answer the  questions related to your   pledge level (if applicable), BackerKit will take you to the Add-Ons  page. The Add-Ons  page is set up just like a web store where you'll be  able to include any  Add-Ons you may have wanted by adding extra money  to your pledge during  the campaign. Basically, it's just like you're  shopping online -- if you want anything extra.

Otherwise, just confirm your pledge and shipping address and you'll be good to go!

If you have any questions, please send a message through the BackerKit page -- or send me a Direct Message through this platform -- and I'll be in touch soon!

(Give me a few days, though, as I had C2E2 this past weekend and now I'm doing a signing at a library comic con tomorrow!)

Here's the BackerKit link one more time:

Enjoy, all!

Production Update

That aside, the book is done, the prose story is written, and next week I have a meeting at Source Point Press headquarters where, among other things, I'll be working with the production team to layout the bonus prose story and do the final production work we need to finalize to send this book to the printer!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

BackerKits should be launching this week!
8 months ago – Mon, Aug 08, 2022 at 09:19:03 PM

The  "Smoke Test" is coming this week... then all the BackerKits launch!

First and foremost, it was nice to see several of you at C2E2 this past weekend!

The intent was to get the BackerKit surveys launched before I left for the show, but we've been working with BakcerKit over the weekend (usually before and after show-hours) to iron-out a few final kinks in the survey process to make sure it will run smoothly.

I *think* we've got everything sorted, and if they sign-off tomorrow, we'll then be able to send the "Smoke Test" to 5% of you to make sure it's working without a hitch before then launching the full BackerKit for everyone.

For those of you who've never used BackerKit before, I like using it because (once we get the back-end kinks worked out) it provides a smooth and seamless way to finalize your order, including per-populating your cart with everything you ordered and allowing you to make any final add-ons should you so choose. After all, the holidays will be here before we know it, you know?

Point being, watch your email for the BackerKit link this week (especially if you're one of the random 5% of people who get the "first wave" of links as the final protocol check), and rest assured that I'll also be providing you all with the link via an update like this when it's live, too!

Thanks all! If you have any questions, please reach out and let me know! Otherwise, I'll be in touch in a few days!

Your friend in comics,


P.S. -- In exchange for your patience, here's a previously unseen (and spoiler-free) preview sneak peek from the book! Enjoy!

Preppin' for BackerKit...
9 months ago – Thu, Jul 07, 2022 at 09:17:14 PM

Still waters run deep! We've been keepin' busy...

Hello everyone! I hope this message finds you well after a restful holiday weekend!

Since the CTHULHU JR. campaign ended the team of me, Scoot, Sean, and Leah have been doing final reviews of both all the colors on the whole graphic novel...

And the bonus prose story you unlocked for the book has also been written, edited, and the spot illustrations have been finalized, too!

I don't want to spoil anything, of course, but I will tell all of you that the prose story is officially titled "YOU URN'ED IT!" and it largely focuses upon a certain blue, flaming, floating skull.

I also enjoy the opportunity to add to content to the books in the form of these bonus prose stories, and I can't wait for all of you to see this one!

BackerKits are coming soon!

Along with all the final creative prep, I've also been working with Source Point Press to finalize the BackerKit, which will help expedite finalizing your orders -- and giving you a chance to add anything else on should you want to treat yourself or a friend to a little something extra.

(Fear not, though, the KS Exclusive Hardcover orders have been locked -- keeping all of yours exclusive and extra-special!)

I'm at Florida Supercon in Miami, Florida this weekend (Artist Alley Table F-10), and Source Point Press is at Fan Expo Chicago, but my hope is that we'll have the BackerKit finalized and sent out to you all towards the end of next week... so keep an eye on your emails, and I'll also be in touch via another update -- perhaps even with a spoiler-free peek (or two) at some pages from the book, soon!

Thanks for your support, everyone! If you're in the Miami area, c'mon out and see me, and if you're heading to Chicago, be sure to swing by Fan Expo to support Source Point Press!

Talk soon!

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning

Short and Simple: THANK YOU.
9 months ago – Wed, Jun 29, 2022 at 02:54:24 PM


That's how much money we raised in preorders for THE ADVENTURES OF CTHULHU JR. AND FRIENDS from Source Point Press.

This graphic novel not only marks the my first genuinely all-ages co-creator-owned graphic novel, but also has enabled the creation of the first-ever mass-market toy based on a comic I've written.

On behalf of myself, the whole team, and my publisher... THANK YOU, friends. Truly.

I'm going to take the weekend to recover from the campaign and start prepping setting-up the BackerKit to make your fulfillment of this campaign as smooth and easy as possible.

If you want to get in touch before then, please send me a direct message... otherwise, I'll be in touch again soon.

Thank you, friends. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I remain exceptionally humbled by and grateful for your support.

Your friend in comics,

Dirk Manning