Nathan Vernon Madison is an Eisner Award-nominated author and historian. In 2014, his first book (and revision of his VCU M.A. thesis), Anti-Foreign Imagery in American Pulps and Comic Books, 1920-1960 (McFarland, 2013), was nominated for an Eisner for best scholarly/academic work; the following year, a four-volume encyclopedia to which he contributed, Comics Through Time – A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas (ABC-CLIO, 2014) was similarly nominated. He also writes on local industrial and economic history; in 2015, he wrote the first full history of an icon of Richmond’s industrial past—Tredegar Iron Works – Richmond’s Foundry on the James (History Press, 2015). Upcoming and in-progress books include a history of pulp-era science fiction to be published in a collection by Routledge; a book chronicling the history of the Richmond Locomotive Works; an edited collection of essays on the history of anime fandom in America; and a history of science fiction magazines from their inception to today.
In 2017, Nathan served as a consultant on director James Cameron’s documentary series The Story of Science Fiction on AMC and has consulted on programs for C-SPAN and the BBC, as well. In 2018, Nathan co-produced a PBS documentary, detailing the parallel histories of the British and Virginia iron industries.