I was born in 1962 and have been reading comic books since I was eight-years-old. I worked in the animal protection movement from 1989 to 2007, and have worked in the Office of Communications of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration since 2008.
From January 1999 to September 2006 I served as Director of the Comics for Compassion program of the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF). This program sought to produce and distribute comic books that promoted humane values to children. In 2000 I worked with DC Comics to produce Superman for the Animals, in which I was credited as “Creative Consultant,” and in 2003 with Marvel Comics on X-Men Unlimited #44, which contained the Genesis Award-winning story, “Can They Suffer?”.
In March 2005, my article “Of Mice and Vermin: Animals as Absent Referent in Art Spiegelman’s Maus,” was published in the International Journal of Comic Art. In April 2005 I gave a presentation, “Images of Liberation: Comics, Cartoons, and Graphics,” at the Grassroots Animal Rights Conference in New York City. Part of this presentation was the basis for my article, “United Animal Kingdom: Grant Morrison’s All-Species Comics,” that was published in the May 2005 issue of Satya magazine.
I have been married since April 1994 to Vicki Stevens. We live in the Washington, D.C., area where we share a house with our rescued cats.