Joey Manley

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Joey Manley
Joey Manley 2009.jpg
Manley in 2009
Born Joseph Manley
July 1965[1]
Died November 7, 2013(2013-11-07) (aged 48)
Louisville, Kentucky
Nationality American
Area(s) publisher; writer
Notable works
Modern Tales
The Death of Donna-May Dean

Joey Manley (1965–2013)[2] was an online publisher, known as the founder of the webcomics site Modern Tales,[3] as well as numerous other web-specific entertainment properties (including the subscription webcomics sites Serializer, Girlamatic, and Graphic Smash, and the webcomics hosting service Webcomics Nation).

Starting in 2001, Manley hosted TalkAboutComics, which began as a podcast in which Manley interviewed webcomics artists; it later became a webcomics forum and blog. Manley co-hosted the "Diva Lea Show" podcast with Lea Hernandez starting in 2003.

He worked on the Webby-winning, which he helped start in 1995. He was the author of one novel, The Death of Donna-May Dean, published by St. Martin's Press in 1991. At the time of his death he was serializing a new novel online called Snake-Boy Loves Sky Prince.


Manley died of pneumonia at age 48; survived by his long-time companion Joe Botts.[4]


  1. ^ Spurgeon, Tom. "Joey Manley, RIP," The Comics Reporter (Nov. 8, 2013).
  2. ^ Johnston, Rich (2013-11-08). "Joey Manley Passes, Aged 48". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on 2013-11-11. Retrieved Nov 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ Walker, Leslie (June 16, 2005). "Comics Looking to Spread A Little Laughter on the Web". Washington Post. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ Melrose, Kevin. "Modern Tales founder Joey Manley passes away," Comic Book Resources: Robot 6 (Nov. 8, 2013).