The Superhero Decoded online class at VCU

Thanks to a VCU grant, I was able to develop an online course on the superhero genre. Working through the VCU Alt Lab, we made several video lectures that combine my media-based approach to comic books--and the superhero as a figure created through several storytelling media. 

GalaxyCon Talks with Christopher Irving

Before COVID hit, I was fortunate to moderate panels for my friend Mike Broder's GalaxyCon traveling comic book convention. Having he and Patty interview me for their video podcast was a real treat.

Monsters Among Us Interview

Monsters Among Us is a low budget docuseries I wrote and produced a few years ago. Imagine my surprise when Gregory Watson, a student in a Vampire Film class, approached me for an interview: it seems Monsters is required viewing in his course.

San Diego Comic Con Online: Teaching Graphic Novels

It was an absolute treat to be part of this panel with friends and colleagues that include Ed Catto and Paul Levitz, sponsored by the largest popular culture convention in the world.

Virginia Currents

Amy Lacy from Virginia Currents interviewed myself and Comm Arts department chair about my Star Wars Decoded course offered Fall, 2018.  The segment starts at the 14:00 mark.

The Drawn Word comic book interviews

In 2012, I got my friend Christian Guzman, a modest budget, a small TV studio, and the generosity of comic book creators Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine), Chris Claremont (X-Men), Dash Shaw (Body World), Al Jaffee (Mad Magazine), and Peter Kuper (Mad Magazine, World War 3), I produced this comic interview show. It was my first time really working in front of the camera and was truly a learning experience.

The Cartoonist in Comics, a panel at Housing Works in New York City

Housing Works is a non-profit charity in New York, dedicated to fighting homelessness and helping those living with AIDS/HIV. This was a chance for me to discuss varying levels of autobiography in comics, with four of my favorite people: Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma), Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage), Ethan Young (Tails), and Laura Lee Gulledge (Will and Whit). Video courtesy of Trillian Media.


Comic New York Symposium at Columbia University:
New York, Real and Imagined

Karen Green, the graphic novel librarian at Columbia University is a rock star, so when she asked me to be part of the library's first ever symposium on comic books and graphic novels, how could I resist? When she told me that I'd be interviewing a panel that included both legendary Romitas, I couldn't help but feel like a rock star myself. Do, however, forgive that I don't look like one in the screen capture below:

The Artist's Craft

I met Michael Graziano when I was living in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2007. We were in a coffee shop and I recognized the Republic Pictures logo on his baseball cap as the movie studio who produced rock 'em sock 'em movie serials in the '40s. We became pals and he invited me to come on a local interview show hosted by his friend and cohort Stacey Cochran. It was a torrentially rainy day when I made it into the studio but luckily, the interview was the complete opposite of the miserable weather, and I still count this as one of my favorites.