film, comics and media scholar


  • Movie Comics: Page to Screen/Screen to Page

    An analysis of adaptations from comics to film, and from film to comics. Available December 2016, Rutgers University Press.

  • The Battle for the Bs: 1950s Hollywood and the Rebirth of Low-budget Cinema

    The history of the B-movie with special focus on the 1950s. 2012, Rutgers University Press.

  • The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art

    Contributor to the Eisner Award-winning anthology about racial identity in comics. 2015, Rutgers University Press.


    Undergraduate and Graduate courses at DePaul University in the department of Media and Cinema Studies, College of Communications.

    Chicago, Illinois


    A focus on the history, theory and aesthetics of film and comics, and how they intersect with other media.


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    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Converse All Star Comix!

    A gift from my lovely wife... customized Converse All Stars!

    ...wear what you love, love what you wear!

    Sunday, May 7, 2017

    Comics Studies Society

    I'm honored to have been recently elected to the executive board of the Comics Studies Society by its membership. As your new Member At Large, I will strive to promote comics studies at the institutional level, at conferences and conventions, comic shops and web forums, in the streets and on all planes, trains and public transportation (where I have often discussed comics with the curious strangers looking over my shoulder at what I'm reading).

    Thank you for your vote of confidence, and I look forward to serving the CSS over the next two years!

    To join the Comics Studies Society, visit our website:

    Wednesday, May 3, 2017

    iNKS Vol. 1, No. 1 - Comics and Methodology

    I'm very proud to be a part of the debut issue of iNKS: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society.


    In it, I moderate a roundtable discussion entitled “Comics and Methodology” between Bart Beaty, Scott Bukatman, Henry Jenkins and Benjamin Woo. The discussion first took place at the 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, and was then edited (by both Woo and myself) and expanded for the first issue of iNKS. The panelists discuss the various methods involved in both teaching and researching comics as well as how interdisciplinarity is involved, the state of the field of comics studies and academic publishing therein, different audiences targeted by comics scholarship and more.

    The roundtable can accessed via Project Muse (access required): 

    To join the Comics Studies Society:

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    Batmen & Robins on Forklifts!

    Sometimes when you're playing with your three-year old son, things just get goofy.

    Fisher Price forklifts + Batman '66 toys + Kenner-Super-Powers Robin + Who-the-Hell-Knows Batman = fun for the whole family... or really just the Y-chromosome-bearers of my household...

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Watchmen 'In Focus'

    Cinema Journal Vol. 56, No. 2 features an 'In Focus' section devoted to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's Watchmen, which I edited and wrote an introduction for.


    In Focus is a regular feature of Cinema Journal in which several short essays examine a case study from multiple perspectives. Mark J.P. Wolf, Aaron Taylor, Drew Morton, Kathryn Frank and Dana Polan look at Watchmen's role within film, media and comics studies, with ideas about canonization, world-building, transmedia, adaptation, digital comics, authorship and academia. 

    The full section can be found here:

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    Support Your Local Library...

    I don't geek-out very often. Having lived in Vancouver for so long you get used to seeing famous actors filming scenes in the streets, where you work, etc. But when I opened up my local library's newsletter and saw the notice about my 'Meet the Author' talk about Movie Comics, imagine my fanboy-ish surprise to see my face next to Gene Yang's for his (absolutely guaranteed to be so much better attended) talk.

    I just saw Gene do a great talk this past summer at the Children's Literature Association conference in Columbus, Ohio, and we even crossed paths in the hallway of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library (but he was busy heading somewhere so I continued on my way).

    If you ever get a chance to see Gene talk about his work, you should jump at the chance. If you ever have to choose between seeing Gene talk about his work or me talking about mine, choose Gene. If you ever see him in in a hallway, he seems like he'd be cool with you saying hello.

    Saturday, July 23, 2016

    MOVIE COMICS - Featuring Movie Comics #1, 1939

    In my new book Movie Comics: Page to Screen/Screen to Page I cover the early history of how films adapted comics along with how comics themselves regularly adapted films (and television too!). The biggest example that I came across some years back, which really inspired me to write this book, was Movie Comics #1.

    Published by All-American Publications (which a few years later was part of merger that formed what would become known as DC Comics), the series only ran for six issues in 1939, but remains a fascinating example of how comics remediated the movies and offered a souvenir of the film for eager fans. While home video would allow viewers to go back to a film once it left theatres, in the Classical Hollywood era you had only your memories of a film's imagery once it was gone from your local theatre.

    In their opening editorial, Movie Comics #1 stated how they hoped the book will “serve as a permanent record of the pictures you have enjoyed, which you can refer to again and again with pleasure and entertainment.” Similarly, the second issue’s introduction states, “we want to make Movie Comics a permanent record of the outstanding pictures you have seen or will see in your neighborhood theatre, so you can enjoy them over and over again.”

    The third issues describes how "we hope you will enjoy reading it before you see these pictures and again, after you see them in your neighborhood theatre,” while the fifth suggests, “We hope you will read Movie Comics, before and after you see the pictures, so you can get triple the enjoyment out of them!"

    The six-issue run of Movie Comics from 1939 is an important example of how film and comics intersected in this era. For a full overview of the series, please see Movie Comics: Page to Screen/Screen to Page