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Background[edit]

Dr. Travis Langley is a Wikipedia sysop and a Henderson State University distinguished professor of psychology[1][2] who teaches courses on mental illness, social behavior, forensic psychology, and mass media, including a course titled Batman. He received his B.A. from Hendrix College and then his M.S. and Ph.D. from Tulane University,[3] all in psychology. During graduate school, he was an undefeated champion on the Wheel of Fortune game show even though none of the puzzles they gave him were about psychology or superheroes.

He authored the book Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight and is the editor and lead writer for Sterling Publishing's Popular Culture Psychology book series.Cite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page). [4] According to the British Psychological Society, Travis Langley is one of the ten most followed psychologists on Twitter.[5]

At fan conventions such as San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon, New York Comic Con, and Wizard World, he regularly conducts panels on the psychology of media and heroism with other comics scholars such as Will Brooker[6], Peter Coogan[7], and Bat-Films executive producer Michael Uslan[8]. Comic book creators on these panels include artists (e.g., Neal Adams[9], Greg Capullo[10][11], Jerry Robinson[12]), editors (e.g., Danny Fingeroth[13], Bob Schreck), and writers (e.g., Devin Grayson[14], Steve Englehart[15][16], Dennis O'Neil[17][18], Gail Simone[19], Scott Snyder[20], Len Wein[21][22], Marv Wolfman[23]). Other media professionals on these panels include actors (Anthony Michael Hall[24][25], Lee Meriwether[26][27][28][29], Brandon Routh[30], Adam West[31][32]), reality television performers, journalists, novelists, and non-fiction authors. He has moderated convention panels for celebrities including Scott Bakula[33], Billy Boyd[34], Dean Cain[35][36], Kevin Conroy[37][38], Robert Englund[39] Jason David Frank[40][41], Evanna Lynch[42], Christian Kane[43], Kevin Sorbo[44], and Sir Patrick Stewart.

Family[edit]

His mother read comic books to him, which motivated him to learn to read. His father is a Methodist minister. Looking through his baby book recently, his father saw that one of Travis's earliest words really was "Batman."

Travis and his wife, Rebecca, met during their freshman year at Hendrix College. She and their oldest son, Alex, also teach psychology.[45] Alex is the author of four books and a graphic novel.[46] Their younger son, Nicholas, has illustrated three books, created art for a graphic novel, and written and drawn the official Dig Dug webcomic,[47][48] and he teaches life drawing in Dallas.[49]

Books[edit]

As author:

As editor and lead writer (Popular Culture Psychology series, Sterling Publishing):

Translations:

  • ЗВЕЗДНЫЕ ВОЙНЫ. ПСИХОЛОГИЯ КИНОВСЕЛЕННОЙ. Moscow, Russia: Eksmo. [Star Wars Psychology in Russian, 2016.]
  • Psicología de Star Wars. Anzures, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico: Endiciones B. [Star Wars Psychology in Spanish, 2016.]
  • Psicología de The Walking Dead. Anzures, Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico: Endiciones B. [The Walking Dead Psychology in Spanish, 2016.]
  • 權力遊戲的極限生存法則. Tainin City, Tainin, Taiwan: ACME. [Game of Thrones Psychology in Complex (Traditional) Chinese, 2017.]
  • 陰屍路的黑暗療癒. Tainin City, Tainin, Taiwan: ACME. [The Walking Dead Psychology in Complex (Traditional) Chinese, 2017.]
  • A Psicologia da Mulher-Maravilha. São Paulo, Brazil: Única Editora, Editora Gente. [Wonder Woman Psychology in Portuguese, 2018.]

Film appearances[edit]

Langley appears as himself in documentary films.

Note[edit]

Although I've have fun posting this information in article-like format, I actually put it here in order to declare my areas of potential conflict of interest.

From Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight, p. 303:

While wikis are tricky, they're still valuable sources for helping find back issues and a great starting point for discovering additional resources, so we must thank the many volunteers who, often anonymously, edit.... Wikipedia's WikiProject Comics helped the hunt in ways they may never know.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Psychology Faculty, Henderson State University.
  2. ^ Travis Langley, Professor of Psychology.
  3. ^ Tulane University Graduate School. Doctoral Dissertations 1990-2000.
  4. ^ Why Do Supervillains Fascinate Us? A Psychological Perspective. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  5. ^ http://digest.bps.org.uk/2015/11/the-100-most-followed-psychologists-and.html The 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter! November 6, 2015.]
  6. ^ The Geeks Shall Inherit the Con: Saturday's SDCC Panel Highlights. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2013 Programming
  8. ^ Comic-Con panel: Is Batman broken—or is Bruce Wayne crazy for dating Catwoman?/ Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  9. ^ Chicago Comic-Con 2013: Superman at 75. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  10. ^ Programming Highligh​ts At Wizard World S​t. Louis Comic Con​. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
  11. ^ The Geeks Shall Inherit the Con: Saturday's SDCC Panel Highlights. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  12. ^ Is the Joker a Psychopath? Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  13. ^ Chicago Comic-Con 2013: Superman at 75. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  14. ^ Comics Arts Conference, Session #6: Spotlight on Devin Grayson.
  15. ^ Comic-Con panel: Is Batman broken—or is Bruce Wayne crazy for dating Catwoman?/ Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  16. ^ AICN COMICS: So you missed Comic Con? Part II: comiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital! Focus on Steve Englehart! Comic Book Entrepreneurs! Will Eisner and the Graphic Novel!. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  17. ^ Full Comic-Con 2010 Schedule for Saturday July 24th!. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  18. ^ New York Comic Con (October 15, 2011). Comics Studies Conference 4: Batman vs. Iron Man: Can a Person Truly Become Either?
  19. ^ ‘When You Come Into The Industry, Bring Your Principles With You’ – Gail Simone At Wondercon
  20. ^ Programming @ Chicago Comic Con.. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  21. ^ Comic-Con International rolls out Sunday programming. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  22. ^ Wednesday And Thursday San Diego Comic Con Programming Goes Live!. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  23. ^ Wizard World New Orleans offered real life experiences with sci-fi icons. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  24. ^ Wizard World Philadelphia Day 2. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  25. ^ Wizard World Philly Comic Con 2012 Day 2. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  26. ^ SDCC '11: Psychology of the Dark Knight with Grant Morrison. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  27. ^ Comic-Con panel: Is Batman broken—or is Bruce Wayne crazy for dating Catwoman?/ Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  28. ^ Dissecting Batman. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  29. ^ The Geeks Shall Inherit the Con: Saturday's SDCC Panel Highlights. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  30. ^ Chicago Comic-Con 2013: Superman at 75. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  31. ^ Is the Joker a Psychopath? Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  32. ^ Liveblogging San Diego Comic-Con: Day 4. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  33. ^ Scott Bakula Dean Stockwell Quantum Leap Philadelphia Comic Con Panel Part 1. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  34. ^ All in the Family: Wizard World Comic Con returns to Tulsa, uniting geeks of all stripes
  35. ^ Dean Cain Panel at Wizard World Philly 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  36. ^ History of the Superman Portrayals - Part 2. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
  37. ^ Kevin Conroy Voice of a Generation! Who Might YOU Meet at Dallas Comic Con? Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  38. ^ Kevin Conroy WILL Be Voicing Batman In Batman Arkham Origins – Dallas Comic-Con. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  39. ^ Wizard World New Orleans Programming. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  40. ^ Jason David Frank (Green Ranger) Q&A Session - Dallas Comic Con 2013 Part 1. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  41. ^ Jason David Frank (Green Ranger) Q&A Session - Dallas Comic Con 2013 Part 2. Retrieved May 20, 2013.
  42. ^ All in the Family: Wizard World Comic Con returns to Tulsa, uniting geeks of all stripes.
  43. ^ Programming. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  44. ^ Kevin Sorbo pt. 1 (New Orleans Comic Con 12/1/12). Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  45. ^ Psychology Faculty, Henderson State University.
  46. ^ [https://www.amazon.com/Alex-Langley/e/B008Q5WAIG/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1486329682&sr=8-1 Alex Langley (Amazon author page).
  47. ^ Shifty Look Lines Up Webcomic Stars for Dig Dug.
  48. ^ ShiftyLook celebrating 30 years of 'Dig Dug' with anniversary webcomic collaboration.
  49. ^ Artist Showplace Events!
  50. ^ "Comic Book Literacy" Wins "Best Documentary" at the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  51. ^ Latest Shoot: Wizard World University. Retrieved February 23, 2013.
  52. ^ ReedPOP's Fandom Film Festival
  53. ^ Kick-Watcher: Not-for-profit inspirational Batman documentary. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  54. ^ Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics Review - Holy Rogues Gallery!.
  55. ^ SDCC 2013: Necessary Evil Trailer - Exclusive First Look.