Charles Hatfield of California State University, Northridge, has published widely in comics studies, most notably in his books Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby (UP of Mississippi, 2012) and Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature (UP of Mississippi, 2005). His academic articles have appeared in the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, The Lion and the Unicorn, ImageTexT, English Language Notes, Transatlantica, and SubStance; in addition, he has contributed chapters to Teaching the Graphic Novel (MLA, 2009), Keywords for Children’s Literature (NYU Press, 2011) and the Oxford Handbook of Children’s Literature (2011). As a teacher, Charles specializes in comics, children’s culture, and popular culture studies. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to The Comics Journal, The Jack Kirby Collector, and other magazines, and has also blogged at Thought Balloonists (2008-2010) and The Panelists (2011).
Charles served on the executive committee of the International Comic Arts Forum from 1997 to 2009. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of ImageTexT, the International Journal of Comic Art, the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, and several academic book series. He is currently co-writing a book about cartoonist Eddie Campbell with longtime collaborator Craig Fischer, and co-editing, with Jeet Heer and Kent Worcester, The Superhero Reader.
Charles’ term of office with the Discussion Group is from 2010 to MLA 2014.