Graphic NYC first started as Seth Kushner's untitled cartoonist portrait book project in early 2008. Through cartoonist Dean Haspiel, Seth was introduced to writer Christopher Irving and together they launched Graphic NYC as a web-to-print project in December, 2008. The site received major media linkage and culminated in the publication of their book, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics (powerHouse Books).

Leaping Tall Buildings has been called "nearly as epic as the field's history itself," (Publisher's Weekly) and "a living history" (The Wall Street Journal).

The pair continue to celebrate the comic book medium in their own independent projects, while still coming together for their Leaping Tall Buildings: Independent Spirit profiles in the pages of Creator Owned Heroes by Image Comics and on Graphic NYC.

Photo by Christian Guzman.
Christopher Irving firmly believes that writing about pop culture should be made accessible to the uninitiated while still giving an insightful look at the parallels between popular culture and society. He first cut his teeth as a journalist and historian in the pages of trade publications like Comics Buyer's Guide and Comic Book Artist magazine, before authoring a handful of books on comics and their creators. He continues to run Graphic NYC with Kushner while also contributing to his blog and digital magazine at www.thedrawnword.com. His work can also be found in the pages of editor Jon B. Cooke's latest magazine, Comic Book Creator, through TwoMorrows Publishing.

Seth Kushner’s photography has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, L’Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker and others.  He was chosen by Photo District News magazine as a three-time winner of their Photo Annual Competition.
Seth’s first book, The Brooklynites, (with Anthony LaSala) was published by powerHouse Books in 2007. 
In 2011, Seth co-founded the Brooklyn-filtered literary arts salon TripCity.net, which is home of Seth’s profile series CulturePOP Photocomix, his autobio “comix neurotoica” SCHMUCK, and his prose series, First-Person POP.

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