Curriculum Vitae

CHRISTOPHER L. IRVING
Popular culture historian and journalist
Curriculum Vitae
christopherlirving@gmail.com
EDUCATION
MA (Comparative Literature)
Brooklyn College
2010-2012
Thesis: A Succession of Masks: Batman’s Evolving Sexuality
BA (Art Education)
Virginia Commonwealth University
1995-1999
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Degree focus on the American comic book (Thesis subject: Reestablishing Batman’s sexuality in the 1960s via the camp genre), and its effect on both pop culture and society. Other interests include film history, trans-media of the 1980s, detective fiction of the Great Depression and WWII eras, The Blue Beetle comic book, the American comic strip, film noir, old time radio, and post-modernism in film and comic books.
ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
2013- Adjunct faculty/Travelling Lecturer, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


2003, 2005   Comic Book Art Teacher, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Summer Program (High School Age)
2001-2003    Elementary Art Teacher, Cumberland Elementary School, Cumberland, VA
2000-2001    English 10 Teacher, Cumberland High School, Cumberland, VA
1999-            Consultant, Virginia Commonwealth University Special Collections
COMIC BOOK INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
2013- Consulting Editor, Comic Book Creator
As consulting editor, discuss editorial and contribute feature articles to this magazine on the comic book industry and its history.


2012-2013       Producer/Host, The Drawn Word TV
                    This four-episode video talk show takes a classic approach to interviewing comic book luminaries.
2012-2013       Editor-in-Chief, The Drawn Word
                    This digital comics magazine features a combination of essaying about comics, creator profiles, classic comic reprints, and original comics.
2008-2012    Editor/Writer, Graphic NYC (www.nycgraphicnovelists.com)
                    This website project features interview-based profiles with dozens of comic book creators and reviews, and is coming out in book form in April 2012.
2000-2006    Associate Editor, Comic Book Artist
                    Wrote regularly and developed historically-themed issues for this comics journalism magazine. CBA received five consecutive Eisner Awards for “Best Comics Related Periodical” during my tenure.
2000-2004    Editor/writer/inker/letterer, Hot Lead Studios
                    Packaged original comic book stories with different artists for a variety of publications, from independent superhero to educational comics.
1997-            Comic book journalist and historian, freelance.
Have written for a variety of trade publications, from print to web, on different aspects of comic book history.
REFERENCES
Available upon request.
PUBLISHED WORKS
GRAPHIC NYC (www.nycgraphicnovelists.com)
Interview-based journalistic essays with cartoonists and graphic novelists
“Bryan Lee O’Malley on Genre-Blending and Indie Comics”, 5/24/13
“Robert Kirkman and the Creative Life of Walking Dead”, 3/26/13
“Evan Dorkin: On Defying Genre”, 1/25/13
“Pete Bagge feels the Hate!”, 6/27/2012
“Chris Ware on Building a Better Comic Book”, 3/6/12
“Getting Scary, Cheery and Chatty with Jill Thompson”, 1/30/12
“Paul Levitz: The History of the Past and Future”, 1/4/12
“Alex Ross: Making the Old Guard New”, 11/21/11
“Brian Azzarello on Crime and Superheroes”, 10/26/11
“Dan Didio: Comics and Controversy”, 10/10/11
“Grant Morrison: Of SuperGods and Supermen”, 9/8/11
“Chris Claremont on Evolving the X-Men”, Part One and Part Two, 6/13/11 and 6/22/11
“Jeffrey Brown, the Incredible Changing Artist!”, 5/10/11
“Stan ‘The Man’ Lee: ‘Nuff Said!”, 4/5/11
“Dwayne McDuffie: A Career of Diversity”, 3/3/11
“Kyle Baker: From Bullpens to Self-Publishing”, 1/31/11
“Frank Miller, Part 2: On Pastiche, Directing and the Future”, 12/7/2010
“Frank Miller, Part 1: Dames, Dark Knights, Devils, and Heroes”, 12/1/10
“Art Spiegelman: Still Movin’ with Comix”, 11/17/10
“Micheal Kupperman and Tales Designed to Thrizzle”, 10/29/10
“James Sturm: Modern Storytelling in a Period Setting”, 9/21/10
“Jim Shooter’s Secret Origin, In His Own Words”, Parts 1 and 2, 7/20/10 and 7/26/10
“Jaime Hernandez: Love, Rockets, Punk Rock, and Comix”, 5/11/10
“Gene Colan: On Vampires, Shadows, and the Industry”, 5/3/10
“Dick Giordano: It Had to Be For Love”, 4/6/10
“Jason Little: Improving Comic Art”, 3/30/10
“Knockin’ One Back with Ben Templesmith”, 3/23/10
“Will Eisner: The Spirit of Comic”, 3/9/10
“Talking Comics with Scott McCloud”, 3/1/10
“Jack Kirby: The King of Comics”, 2/8/10
“Brian Michael Bendis Takes Siege of New York”, 2/2/10
“Larry Hama: All About Character”, 1/19/10
Kabuki and Daredevil’s David Mack: Breaking Panel Borders”, 12/8/09
American Splendor’s Inimitable Harvey Pekar”, 11/30/09
“Madman’s Mike Allred: Rock Out Flying an Atomic Red Rocket 7”, 11/23/09
“Diario de Peter Kuper: From World War 3 to Spy vs. Spy”, 11/13/09
“Joe Quesada: Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Without Fear”, 11/2/09
“Neal Adams: Evolving Comics from Print to Motion”, 10/19/09
“Tom Hart: From Hutch Owen to Saying Everything”, 10/13/09
“Matt Madden on the Intuition and Experimentation of Comics”, 10/5/09
“The Creepy, Funny, Absurdist World of Playboy’s Gahan Wilson”, 9/22/09
“Nick Bertozzi: The Perpetual Student of Comics”, 9/14/09
“Fighting Northlanders in the DMZ…or the Incredibly Talented Mr. Brian Wood”, 9/9/09
“Ruling the Night with Kevin Colden”, 8/15/2009
“Comics and Philosophy with Michel Fiffe”, 8/10/09
“The Pen is Mightier than the Revolver: Chatting with Jimmy Palmiotti”, 8/3/09
A.D.'s Josh Neufeld on Comics and Collaborations”, 7/28/09
“Jules Feiffer: The Great Comic Hero”, 7/14/09
“Carmine Infantino's Final Interview? No way.”, 7/2/09
“Casting Gotham's Shadow: A Visit with Jerry Robinson”, 6/17/09
“Mike Dawson and Me: The Artist on Being More Than Just ‘The Queen Guy’”, 6/9/09
“‘If you're lucky’: Joe Simon on Life and Comic Books”, 5/30/09
“Becky Cloonan and Her Arsenal of Styles”, 5/26/09
“Firing Off with Tim Hamilton”, 5/18/09
“Daring to be Different with Joe Infurnari”, 5/11/09
“Kat Roberts and the Online World”, 5/5/09
“The Political Evolution of Denny O'Neil”, 4/27/09
“Around the World with Simon Fraser”, 4/20/09
“Walter Simonson and How He Became the Man Who Fell Into Comics”, 4/13/09
“Keeping current with Joe Kubert”, 3/22/09
“Love, Death, and Rock 'n' Roll with Mike Cavallaro”, 3/16/09
“Getting Mythological with George O'Connor”, 3/9/09
“Love and Style: Christine Norrie on Romance and NYC”, 3/2/09
“The New York Life with Bob Fingerman”, 2/16/09
“Bleeding Hipster Ink: A Chat with Dean Haspiel”, 2/2/09
“Evolving Comics: Dan Goldman on 08”, 1/26/09
“Irwin Hasen on New York Dreams”, 1/19/09
“On the Fringe with Paul Pope”, 1/13/09
“Al Jaffee's Amazing Fold-In Life”, 1/9/09
“Howard Chaykin: The Reinvented Man”, 12/31/08
“The Bottomless Depths of Dash Shaw”, 12/27/08

BOOKS

Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origin of the American Comic Book, comics journalism/art book, 2012—powerHouse Publishing
Graphic NYC Presents: Dean Haspiel The Early Years, comics journalism/art book, 2010—IDW Publishing
Comics Introspective, Volume I: Peter Bagge, comics journalism/art book, 2007—TwoMorrows Publishing
The Blue Beetle Companion: His Many Lives from 1939 to Today, comics history research book, 2007—TwoMorrows Publishing
Modern Masters, Volume 11: Charles Vess, Interview/art book, 2007—TwoMorrows Publishing
The First Movie Superheroes, comics and film history research book, not yet published
HISTORICAL ESSAYS
Golden Age Western Comics, comics reprint book, 2012—powerhouse Publishing
The Phantom: The Complete Comics: The Charlton Years, Volume 1, comics reprint book, 2011—Hermes Press
Land of the Giants, comics reprint book, 2010—Hermes Press

MAGAZINES

Alter Ego, Volume 3
“Monster Mash! Jeff Smith on Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil”, Interview, Alter Ego [Fawcett Collectors of America #126] #67 (April 2007) 82-84
“‘I'm Responsible For The Silver Age’: Robert Kanigher on many subjects - including (very briefly) Showcase #4”, Alter Ego #60 (July 2006) 18-24
“Life From A Flash Of Lightning: The significance of Showcase #4”, Cover feature, Alter Ego #60 (July 2006) 5-8 "
“ ‘X’ Marks The Sprocket: The 1984 X-Men movie that might have been”, Cover feature, Alter Ego #58 (May 2006) 9-15
“Children Of The Atom: How The X-Men mutated to become the nucleus of Marvel Comics”, Cover feature, Alter Ego #58 (May 2006) 3-8 "
"Gil Kane on Comics--Past, Present, and Future", Interview, Alter Ego #5 (Summer 2000) 16-20
Back Issue
“Gotham City’s Other Dynamic Duo: Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle”, Interview, Back Issue #22 (June 2007)
“The Genesis of Hellboy: Mike Mignola”, Interview, Back Issue #21 (April 2007) 3-5
“The Swivel-Arm Battle-Grip Revolution: How G.I. Joe recruited a new generation of comic-book readers”, Cover feature, Back Issue #16 (June 2006) 15-31
“Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye”, Back Issue #16 (June 2006) 8-14
“War in Space: Goodwin and Williamson's Star Wars Strip”, Essay, Back Issue #14 (February 2006) 65-69

Comic Book Artist, Volume I

“Western CIV 101: Unlocking the Mystery of Gold Key Comics”, Cover feature, Comic Book Artist #22 (Oct 2002) 16-31
"CBA Retrospective: The Life of Legendary ‘Big John’ Buscema", Essay, Comic Book Artist #21 (Aug 2002) 4-B - 13-B
"In Memoriam: ‘This Was a Man!’”, Essay, Comic Book Artist #17 (January 2002) 48-55
“Endgame: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Strikes Twice!”, Essay, Comic Book Artist #14 (July 2001) 100-105
“Ric Meyers Interview: The Atlas Age of Comics”, Interview, Comic Book Artist #16 (December 2001) 102-107
“Dan Reed Interview: An Offer They Couldn't Refuse”, Interview, Comic Book Artist #12 (March 2001) 102-103
“Closing the Books: Charlton's Twilight and Afterlife”, Interview, Comic Book Artist #12 (March 2001) 104-108
“Towering Achievement: The Rise and Fall of Tower Comics”, Cover feature, Comic Book Artist #14 (July 2001) 12-17
“Joe Gill Interview: Mr. Prolific”, Interview, Comic Book Artist #9 (August 2000) 22-24
“Charlton's Action Hero Line: A Piece of the Action”, Comic Book Artist #9 (August 2000) 25-29
“Charles Santangelo Interview: The Half-Dollar Man”, Interview, Comic Book Artist #9 (August 2000) 12+13
“History Lesson: The Charlton Empire”, Article (with Jon B. Cooke), Comic Book Artist #9 (August 2000) 14-21
Comic Book Artist, Volume 2
“Irving on the Inside: Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey”, Comic Book Artist #4 (September 2004) 14
“Irving on the Inside: [Greg] Land's Lady”, Interview, Comic Book Artist #3 (March 2004) 22
“Irving on the Inside: Flying high with Rags Morales”, Interview, Comic Book Artist #2 (October 2003) 22
“Irving on the Inside: Catching Up with Michael Lark”, Interview, Comic Book Artist #1 (July 2003) 26


Comic Book Creator
“Irving on the Inside: An Evening with Denny & Neal”, Comic Book Creator #1 (September 2004) 22-31
“Making His Mark: Joe Kubert”, Comic Book Creator #2(September 2004) 10-18
Comic Book Marketplace
“Victor Fox’s Blue Beetle!”, Cover feature, Comic Book Marketplace #79 (June 2000), 20-26

Comics Buyer’s Guide

“Out Here in the Stars: DC celebrates six decades of Starman”, Cover feature, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1433 (May 4, 2001) 38-42
“Discover the Magic: Celebrate a decade of Jeff Smith’s Bone!”, Cover feature, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1421 (February 9, 2001) 22-25
“Justice for All: 60 years of the Justice Society of America”, Cover feature, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1419 (January 26, 2001) 24-29
“Seeing Stars: Roy Thomas unveils The All-Star Companion”, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1419 (January 26, 2001) 22-23
“American Revolution: 60 years of Captain America”, Cover feature, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1419 (January 19, 2001) 38-44
“Fighting for Captain America’s rights – or rights to Captain America”, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1419 (January 19, 2001) 46
Static Shock invades the Airwaves”, Cover feature, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1402 (September 29, 2000) 22-24
“The Eternal Glow: DC celebrates Green Lantern’s 60th Birthday”, Cover feature, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1396 (August 18, 2000) 22-27
“Assembling Again: The Avengers lead Marvel’s latest crossover”, Cover feature, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1397 (August 25, 2000) 22-25
“Getting the truth from comic books”, Cover feature, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1393 (July 28, 2000) 40-42
“Childhood experiences influence Streetwise”, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1393 (July 28, 2000) 44-45
“Behind the Scenes: The ‘Josie’ lawsuit”, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1390 (July 7, 2000) 6
“‘Backpack Marvels’: new format for new readers”, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1387 (June 16, 2000) 6
“Archie Comics fires DeCarlo following lawsuit”, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1387 (June 16, 2000) 6
“Slinging ink for ‘The Man’”: Joe Sinnott looks back at a half-century of work on The FF, Treasure Chest, and more”, Cover feature, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1385 (June 2, 2000) 26-28
“The Rest of the West: AC Comics brings companies back from Boot Hill”, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1384 (May 26, 2000) 42
“A Gallop and a roar – A brief palaver on Western comics”, Cover feature, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1384 (May 26, 2000) 38-41
“Hawkman’s flying high: DC plans revival of character, series”, Cover feature, Comics Buyer’s Guide #24 (May 12, 2000) 24-25
“The work habits of a Madman (creator): Mike Allred faces the challenge of getting Madman back on track”, Cover feature, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1368, 22-24

The Comics Journal

“Shades of Gray: The Life and Death of the Oft-overlooked Master: An Essay on Gray Morrow”, Essay, 10/22/2012

Comics Scene 2000

“Those Damned Detectives: Creator Mike Allred investigates making G-Men from Hell into a heavenly movie”, Comics Scene 2000 #3 (Sept 2000) 72-76
The Drawn Word
“Brian Wood Profile”, Interview essay, The Drawn Word #1 (Spring 2012) 9-32
“Space Oddity: Captain Marvel”, Historical essay, The Drawn Word #1 (Spring 2012) 38-41
“Bill Sienkiewicz: The Abstract Artist’s Abstract”, Interview essay, The Drawn Word #1 (Spring 2012) 66-83
“Getting Thrillbent with Mark Waid”, Interview essay, The Drawn Word #2 (Summer 2012) 8-28
“Vader’s Day with Jeffrey Brown”, Interview essay, The Drawn Word #2 (Summer 2012) 29-38
“Baby’s in Black: Interview with Arne Belstorf”, Interview essay, The Drawn Word #2 (Summer 2012) 39-46
“No Fear of Failure! An Interview with Jimmy Palmiotti on Creator Owned Heroes”, Interview essay, The Drawn Word #2 (Summer 2012) 47-62

The Jack Kirby Collector

“Reimagineers: John Romita, Jr. interview”, Interview, The Jack Kirby Collector #47 (Fall 2006) 22-23
“Doing his Damnedest: Walter Simonson interview”, Interview, The Jack Kirby Collector #26 (Nov. 1999) 39-44

COMIC BOOK WORK

Sally Vane, Writer, (2012), monthly comic book
The Fourth Wheel, Plotter/inker/editor, Hot Lead Studios/Homeward (non-profit) (2004) 4-page educational “ashcan” comic book
“Miss Scarab”, Writer/inker/letterer, Femforce #122 (2003) 28-34
“Whizzards”, Breakdowns/layouts, Big Bang Comics: Whiz Kids #1 (April 2003) 22-40
Blackbird, Writer/inker/editor, Hot Lead Studios (self-published) (2002) 40-page comic book

Femforce

“Night of the Goddess”, Writer/inker, Femforce #125 (2004) 15-27
“An Immaterial Love Story”, Writer/inker/letterer, Femforce #125 (2004) 37-43
“Untitled She-Cat story,” Writer, Femforce #126 (2004) 17-23
“Mission Prometheus: Part One”, Writer/inker, Femforce #132 (2005) 1-5
“Mission Prometheus: Part Two:, Writer, Femforce #133 (2005) 24-29
“Generation Gap”, Writer, Femforce #134 (2006) 1-24
“Love Hurts”, Writer, Femforce #135 (2006) 13-19
“Death of the Goddess!”, Writer, Femforce #136 (2006) 1-8
“Starcrossed”, Story, Femforce #137 (2006) 1-6
“Jungle Love”, Story, Femforce #137 (2006) 7-13
“Dagger Quest”, Story, Femforce #137 (2006) 14-21
“My own worst enemy”, Writer, Femforce #138 (2007) 1-9
“Shadowhunt”, Story, Femforce #138 (2007) 11-17
CONFERENCE PANELS AND TALKS
“Young Adult Graphic Novels”, Panel, Heroes Con, moderator, 6/8/2013
“All Ages Comics”, Panel, Heroes Con, moderator, 6/9/2013
“The Humor Panel with Frank Cho, Peter Bagge, Tim Rickard, and Evan Dorkin”, Panel, Heroes Con, moderator, 6/9/2013
“Walter Simonson Spotlight”, Panel, Jim Hanley’s Universe, moderator, 9/19/12
“Leaping Tall Buildings”, Panel, Jim Hanley’s Universe, moderator, 7/25/12
“Social Relevance in Comics with Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams”, Panel, Housing Works Bookstore, moderator, 7/17/2012
Comic book and graphic novel guest lecturer, Kent Worcester, Marymount Manhattan College, 7/19/12
“Social Relevancy in Comics with Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams”, Panel, Housing Works, moderator, 7/17/12
“Hero, Villian, Yeti: Tibet in Comics” Art unveiling, Rubin Museum, moderator, 4/18/12
“Leaping Tall Buildings: Behind the Pictures”, Powerhouse Books Leaping Tall Buildings release party, moderator, 4/14/12
“Comics to Film”, Powerhouse Books Leaping Tall Buildings release party, moderator, 4/14/12
“Autobio and Semi-Autobio Comic Books”, Powerhouse Books Leaping Tall Buildings release party, moderator, 4/14/12
“New York: Real and Imagined”, Columbia University, moderator, March 2012.
“Jerry Robinson Spotlight”, Barnes and Noble in NYC, moderator, 6/29/11
“The Creativity and Business of Cartooning”, Pratt Institute, panelist, 4/7/10
“Kyle Baker Spotlight”, King Con, moderator, 11/6/10
“Graphic NYC Panel”, King Con, moderator, 11/7/09
“Two MAD Men: Al Jaffee and Peter Kuper”, King Con, moderator, 11/7/09
“The Blue Beetle: The Definitive Mysteryman”, San Diego Comic Con, Presenter, 6/00

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

20/20
“Tragedy in Colorado: Movie Theater Massacre”, Studio interview, 7/20/12
48 Hours Mystery
“Tragedy in Aurora”, location interview, 7/21/12
The Drawn Word TV
“Peter Kuper”, Studio interview, host, 2/20/2012
“Larry Hama”, Studio interview, host, 2/20/2012
“Dash Shaw”, Studio interview, host, 2/20/2012
“Chris Claremont”, Studio interview, host, 2/20/2012
Secret Identity: Teacher Dons Cape, Cowl”, by Jason Norton, The Farmville Herald v112, #25 (February 13, 2002) Front page
Artist Lets Hot Lead Fly: Irving’s Comic Book Company Expands”, by Jason Norton, The Farmville Herald v114, #14 (January 7, 2004) Front page
The Artist’s Craft, by Stacey Cochran (September, 2007) Video interview
Superhero Nation: A Documentary, by Ian Fischer (interviewed 2009) Video interview
Collected Comics Library, by Chris Marshall (May, 2011) Podcast interview

Trip City Podcast
“The Origin of Leaping Tall Buildings”, Podcast interview, 7/13/2012
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
2006-2008, 2012-    Pop Culture Association
2012-                       Author’s Guild
2012- Comic Book Legal Defense Fund