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

 

SELECTED WORK HISTORY

Editor at The Artful Editor - July 2017 to present - Naomi Long Eagleson, Editorial Director

www.artfuleditor.com

  • Edit and critique graphic novel manuscripts for this prestigious literary editing company.

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 weekly video program for Nerdist's online Alpha subscription channel. Actor and media personality Tiffany Smith was the co-host.

  • Produced 12 episodes breaking ground for a new type of content for the channel (instructional), that explained and showed art techniques for drawing comics.

  • Interviewed artists, students and professionals, like publisher Dave Elliot and visual development master Poe Tan. 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 been a valued consultant with quality publishing companies such as Vertical Inc. and The Devastator and start-ups such as Comicsfix.

  • 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.

  • Acquire and discover talent, edit, art direct and design, do pre-press, production, and distribution.

  • Published the New Thing anthology, which was featured in Print Magazine for its use of award-winning illustrators.  Working on the new volume for 2020.

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.

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

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

  • Regularly write ad and promo copy, press releases, and social media.

Writer, Comic Book Consultant - Renaissance Man Films - September 2011 to January 2013

Kevin Reem, David Iglesias Producers - 310-384-5817

 

  • Wrote and packaged a story for a graphic novel prequel.  Co-wrote the screen story for a genre film franchise in development. 

  • Contributed to all aspects of the stories as well as advising on how to successfully reach and utilize the comic book reading audience.

 

Comic Book and Anime Consultant - Stallion Media LLC - September 2010 to July 2011
Oliver Hengst, Elizabeth Wang-Lee Producers - 323-822-1188

 

  • Advised producers of a live-action adaptation of a Japanese anime property and helped them focus on reaching the target audience. 

  • Developed a comic book adaptation of part of the script and assisted in developing the marketing plan that aided in attracting investors and studio interest.

 

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

Otis College of Art and Design - September 2010 to present

Harry Mott, Dept. Chair - 310-665-6800

The Society of Illustrators of LA - June 2015 to present

Scott Gandell, head of educational programming

Pulp Fiction Comics - September 2016 to present

Kriss Meier, Owner

 

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

Dan Hansen/ Maija Burnett, Dept. Chairs - 661-255-1050

 

The School of Visual Arts - September 1998 to August 2007

Akiko Aubel, Asst. Dept. Head - 212-592-2000  

 

  • Teaching writing and drawing and visual storytelling as it applies to the art of comics.

  • Consistently received excellent evaluations from both students and supervisors.

Legal Assistant - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom - October 2000 to September 2001

Jon Rosenblatt, Supervisor - 212-735-3312

 

  • Proofread and copy-edited contracts, agreements, briefs, relating to corporate law. 

  • Prepared documents and planned projects with the associates and partners. 

  • Maintained high standards of accuracy for all tasks.

 

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.

  • Supervised and guided writers and artists in the development of scripts and artwork. 

  • 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.

 

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