Christopher “Mav” Maverick is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, United States. He holds a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing and Literary and Cultural Studies and a Masters degree in Literary and Cultural Studies, both from Carnegie Mellon University. His field is 20th Century American Literature. His primary research interests include issues of race, class, gender and sexuality in 20th and 21st century American popular culture, especially television, movies, professional wrestling and comic books and he is the 2018 recipient of the Lent Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies in Comics. As an avid believer in active participant observation, he has written the web comic Cosmic Hellcats since 2008, has been an avid blogger and media critic since 2002, and from 2003 until 2010 he competed as a professional wrestler… no really!