Conversations: Larry Hama
University of Mississippi Press, 2018
To my knowledge, this is the first academic work on Larry Hama, the comic book creator responsible for G.I. Joe, The 'Nam, Wolverine, and more. Beyond his vast body of work, Hama is a leading Asian creator trained by a handful of comic book legends throughout the 1960s and '70s. It was an honor to compile my interviews with Hama alongside those of my collaborators. This project allowed me to think of Larry's career as one that touches on several different media--and that thought has further informed my approach towards transmedia studies.
University of Mississippi Press, 2015
I first interviewed Michael Allred in 1997, when he was in the middle of his successful creator-owned comic book Madman, and right after creating artwork for Kevin Smith's cult film Chasing Amy. This volume collects several of my interviews with Allred from over the years, and focuses on his work across media, with pastiche and kitsch, as well as his identity as a member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. It's also the first academic work on Allred's existentialist pop culture comic book work.
This is the second and last collaboration between myself and photographer Seth Kushner, with photograph contributions by his friends after his untimely death from cancer. Created for a French publisher, it is only published in French and available overseas. It focuses on the locations in New York City that have played an important part in comic book history and storytelling. I hope to reuse the material (now reverted to myself) in a future study on New York City and comic books.
Started in 2008, the Graphic NYC website by myself and photographer Seth Kushner allowed me the chance to experiment in writing creative non-fiction about comic book history, through interview-based critical essays with dozens of comic book luminaries. Graphic NYC is where I began thinking about comics history as a narrative and is a key part of my own creative and critical growth. I took the website down after Seth's passing.