Fetish artist Michael Manning was born in Queens, New York, and he studied film and animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He started out self-publishing erotic comics in 1987, while working as an animator of short films and music videos. He moved to the West Coast in 1991, where he focused completely on comix and erotic illustration. He has published several collections of his work, like 'Cathexis' and 'Lumenagerie', as well as the futururistic graphic novel series 'The Spider Garden'. He has worked with Patrick Conlon on the 'Tranceptor' series since 1998.