New Thing Vol. 1: Identity

I edited and published this international anthology of comic book stories.

RESUME

Jim Higgins

jim (at) newsuit.net  917-488-8669, www.newsuit.net

SELECTED WORK HISTORY

Adjunct Instructor, Writing and Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels at:

Otis College of Art and Design - September 2010 to present

Harry Mott, Dept. Chair 

The Society of Illustrators of LA - June 2015 to present

Scott Gandell, head of educational programming

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) - September 2008 to May 2013

Maija Burnett, Dept. Chair

  • Teaching and have taught classes on writing and drawing comics, ink drawing, how to get into comics, how to be a comics editor, and others. Have received excellent evaluations from students. All classes were created and designed by me.

Host of, "Crafting Comics With Jim Higgins" - Legendary Digital Networks, Alpha channel

December 2016 to May 2017 - Brendon Schulze, producer - www.projectalpha.com

  • Created, wrote, and hosted a 12-episode weekly video program for Nerdist's online Alpha subscription channel. Actor and media personality Tiffany Smith was the co-host.

  • Interviewed artists, students and professionals. Exceeded the expectations of the network in terms of quality and presentation.

Freelance Writer, Editor, Consultant, Speaker - May 2000 to present 

  • Have edited hundreds of comics and graphic novels for new and established creators.

  • Have spoken about comics for a wide variety of organizations, including the New York Public Library, Dreamworks, San Diego Comic-Con, Wonder-Con, and the French Consulate in Los Angeles.

Editor and Publisher - New Suit – A Unique Comics Company - September 2000 to present

  • Operate a small independent comic book company that publishes original comics and anthologies by both American and international creators.

  • Published the New Thing anthology, which was featured in Print Magazine for its use of award-winning illustrators.  Working on the new volume for 2023.

Program Director - Meltdown University, Meltdown Comics - September 2008 to June 2016

Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, Owner - 323-851-7223

  • Created a program of weekly classes to train students in all aspects of comic book creation.

  • Oversaw the expansion into a mini-school to include classes on writing and drawing, inking and coloring, making comics for the web, and a comics class for kids.

  • Taught the core classes on drawing comics and writing comics scripts.

  • Taught at an annual workshop for 50+ visiting Japanese art and manga students.

Assistant Editor, Editor - DC Comics - May 1994 to May 2000

Andy Helfer, Group Editor - 212-636-5400

  • Managed the development and release of mystery and fiction graphic novels, a series of non-fiction comics anthologies, and periodical comics including Road to Perdition, A History of Violence, The Big Book of the ‘70s, and Hellblazer.

  • Assigned and line-edited scripts and artwork, proofread, managed timelines under tight deadlines and maintained on-time delivery of products.

  • Built strong relationships and coordinated the delivery of assets across departments that inspired confidence in my judgment regarding the quality of the material.

FREELANCE WRITING

I’ve written short stories for literary journals, stories for comic books, and articles on film, television, and comics for various magazines and websites.

MEDIA APPEARANCES

Have appeared as a guest or expert on ABC News Nightline, Storage Wars, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, the documentary The Independents, and “Comics, Media, D.I.Y. and the L.A. Effect,” on 89.3 KPCC, and more.

EDUCATION

The City University of New York, The College of Staten Island

Master's Degree in Cinema Studies - GPA 3.75 – Graduated August 1989

The City University of New York, The College of Staten Island

Bachelor's Degree in Cinema Studies - GPA 3.76

4.0 Average in major - Graduated August 1987

New York University, Journalism Program. 

Attended September 1981 to January 1984.

References upon request.