Christopher Irving

Freelance Copywriter

Brooklyn, NY, USA
Writing is communication, and great writing communicates to the reader without the baggage of verbal bells and whistles--but with the same level of honesty gotten out of a conversation with a friend.

Work Experience

Capital One Financial


Working in a contract capacity, I write and edit outgoing customer email communications at both build and execution stages.
April 2014 - Present Richmond, Virginia, United States

Fresh Monkey Fiction

Copywriter and Social Media: Amazing Heroes

Developed story and wrote all copy for the successful Kickstarter campaigns for the Amazing Heroes superhero action figure line. Also worked as liaison to established comic book artists to produce original card art and utilized current relationships to engage the license for an established comic book character. Producing all copy matter for Amazing Heroes packaging, including an original comic strip for the back.
May 2014 - Present Los Angeles, California, United States

Lionheart Film Works

Screenwriter and actor

I write historical documentaries for this production company, in both feature-length and as video series. Past projects include: The Battle of Olustee, The Battle of Bull Run, the Vietnam 7-episode series, The Battle for Atlanta: Summer of Fire. I am also writer/coproducer/codirector on Monsters Among Us, a 7-episode DVD series on the history of monsters in myth, literature, and popular culture.
December 2013 - Present Richmond, Virginia, United States


Freelance copywriter

My freelance clients include Stauer (for their line of catalog-order jewelry), Elevation Advertising, Marvel Comics (back cover copy), DC Entertainment (Special Projects). I also handled all press and social media for small publisher Hermes Press from 2011-2012, getting their books reviewed in publications and websites MTV Geek, The Village Voice, and LA Times.
March 2007 - Present Richmond, Virginia, United States

Graphic NYC

Writer and Editor

With my photographer partner, launched Graphic NYC, a website that features magazine-style profile essays and portraits of comic book creators. Launched in early 2008, Graphic NYC has been noted in such major publications as New York Times, LA Times, and Wired. GNYC launched two separate book projects: Graphic NYC Presents Dean Haspiel (IDW) and Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics) powerHouse Books).
June 2007 - Brooklyn, New York, United States

Circuit City Stores

Web Copywriter

Coordinating with store buyers and vendors, wrote consistent web copy for several product categories, including Blu-Ray players, home entertainment, and MP3 players. When I came on at Circuit City, I overhauled the entire set of categories. I also maintained consistency and quality of products on store website through proprietary Content Management System and worked with HTML and graphics.
October 2007 - March 2009 Richmond, Virginia, United States

Royall And Company

Direct Mail Copywriter

I wrote direct mail for print and online campaigns for various colleges and universities and also conceived and edited fulfillment packages for students
March 2005 - November 2005 Richmond, Virginia, United States


Editorial Assistant

Working as the sole employee of this small publisher, I proofed magazines and books and coordinated with a group of editors and contributors. I also handleed all trade show and convention appearances and sales, while also contributing to TwoMorrows' digital presence by producing an NPR style podcast for the company’s website and fielding review copies of their books and magazines.
July 2006 - July 2007 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States


Popular Culture Historian

As an expert in the American comic book, have written and edited several books on the topic, including Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics, which was just featured in news outlets L.A. Times and Wired. I have also appeared as an on-air consultant for both 20/20 and 48 Hrs. Mystery.
November 1997 - Brooklyn, New York, United States


Virginia Commonwealth University

BFA: Art Education

August 1995 - December 1999 Richmond, Virginia, United States

Brooklyn College

MA: Comparative Literature

Graduated with honors. Thesis topic was "An Evolution of Masks: Batman's Ever-Changing Sexuality," which paralleled gay rights and the sexual revolution with Batman's own sexual evolution in the comic books and television show.
August 2010 - June 2012 Brooklyn, New York, United States


Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Blogging, Copywriting, Direct Marketing, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Powerpoint, Publishing, SEO, Social Media Marketing, Social Networking, Transcribing,