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, February 20, 2018

    Black Panther TV Interviews - Voice of America & ABC-7

    I've done numerous media interviews over the past week about the cultural impact of Black Panther. Here are two TV spots that I'm very proud to be a part of:

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    Voice of America, “Black Panther Sets Hollywood Records as Crowds Pack Theaters Around the Globe” -

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    ABC-7, “CPS Students, Families, Churches Pack ‘Black Panther’ Showings” -


    Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: The Animated Series!!

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    I've championed Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur for a couple of years now, being an early fan of the series.

    Nine-year old Lunella Lafayette is a super-genius with a pet dinosaur. She's officially the smartest person in the entire Marvel universe. She mind-swaps with said-dinosaur when the moon is full (it causes problems, as you'd expect!). She's by-far the best thing going on at Marvel right now... and she's my daughter's favorite super-hero, which is hard not to be contagious about.

    Now Disney has announced they will produce an animated series:

    Amazing. Joyous. Moon-tastic. I want a feature-film now!

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    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Black History Month - Black Panther Panel at Baker Mckenzie

    On Friday February 16th, 2018 I will be part of a panel for Black History Month about Marvel's Black Panther film at Baker McKenzie in Chicago. The panel will be followed by an opening-night screening of the film.

    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    Short Run Comix and Arts Festival

    As part of my trip to Seattle last weekend for ICAF, the International Comics Art Forum, I made my way out to Seattle Center for the Short Run Comix and Arts Festival.

    I was amazed and delighted at just how many independent comics creators were there selling their work, and thoroughly pleased to see such a huge turnout of people checking out the event.

    The highlight for me was the artists' talks, starting with Emil Ferris and Leela Corman. I'm a big fan of Ferris's My Favorite Thing is Monsters, so it was great to get some insights into her creative process.

    This was followed by a talk with Joe Sacco and Jesus Cossio about comics journalism, which was fascinating.

    I also managed to get my copy of Bitch Planet signed by Kelly Sue DeConnick before her talk, which has the best inscription ever:

     ...All in all an amazing event. I've always loved Seattle! So if you ever get a chance to visit while Short Run is on then you simply have to swing by.

    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Spirit of Inquiry award

    I'm thrilled to have received DePaul University's 2017 'Spirit of Inquiry' award for excellence in research. The award honors "the spirit of creative inquiry, which we endeavor to inspire in our students," and I'm truly proud to have been given this award in recognition of my scholarly work. Thank you to my nominees, the College of Communication and DePaul's University Research Council for this great honor.

    Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    VHS... Nevermore!

    I've had a hard time letting go of my VHS tape collection the past few years... I have so many films on tape, some that took years to find in the pre-internet-shopping era, that I hoped to keep playing them for years to come. Some of these films aren't even available on DVD... many were special orders from private collectors. But the time has come to accept that I can't play my VHS tapes anymore... because the machine in my office has started 'eating' them.

    Here's a pic of my circa-2010 combo-deck DVD/VCR player feasting on a copy of the rarer-than-rare 1915 silent proto-horror movie The Raven: The Life of Edgar Allan Poe.

    Now I need to track down a bootleg DVD which will surely be of the same print-quality as my now-chomped tape... Sigh.

    I used to love playing VHS clips in class. You cue the clip up beforehand, pop it in and then you're instantly watching the film. No DVD start-up menu, no navigating through a choose-a-scene menu... no ads before a Youtube video starts playing (..."your education brought to you by: these fine corporations...").


    Double sigh.