Latest addition to the Lightning Sessions, the series where we pose three questions for a lightning quick view into the minds of comic artists, writers, editors, & more. Today we’re excited to host Francis Manapul, writer and comic artist living in Toronto, Canada. Name: Francis Manapul Why you’ve heard of him: Worked on titles such as Detective Comics, The Flash, Superman/Batman and Legion of Superheroes. How to connect with him: www.francismanapul.com What’s your favorite comic of all time and why? It’s tough to pick, so I’ll point to one that affected me the most in the last ten years. All Star Superman was a brilliant story by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. It was a perfect blend of science fiction, superheroics, drama, with even a small dose of humor. It was such a beautifully simple yet complex portrayal of Superman. Making him go through a series of tasks knowing his inevitable death was forthcoming made him relatable and very human. By the end of the story, this “alien” became a symbol of the human spirit. I love reading stories that inspire you to strive to be a better person. (Image Source) What about the future of comics are you most excited about? We’re now reaching a wider audience and acceptance in popular culture. I’m excited about the diversity in the stories being told, and the limitless potential for what you can do in our medium. If your life was a comic book, who would write and illustrate it? Easily Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Wishful thinking that my life could be as entertaining and smart as their stories are. Thanks, Francis!