William H. Foster III obtained his B.A. from the University of Massachuesetts and a Masters from Wesleyan University in Middletown CT, and he is currently a Professor of English at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, Connecticut. Foster is revered as a long-time comic collector and leading scholar of comics. His knowledge of comics lead to his role as an expert commentator for CNN News and National Public Radio, as well as a consultant for the Words and Pictures Museum of Fine Sequential Art in Northampton, MA on the history of Blacks in comic strips and books. In 2001, Foster lectured in Leipzig, Germany at the bi-annual conference of The International Association for Media and History, and in 2002 he spoke at Conference on Analyzing Series & Serial Narrative at John Moores University in Liverpool, England. Two years later he consulted on Connecticut's Historical Society's "Heroes, Heartthrobs, and Horrors: Celebrating Connecticut's Invention of the American Comic Book" exhibit. Foster compiled his research in a book, "Looking for a Face Like Mine", which was published by Fine Tooth Press in 2005. In 2007, Foster was a guest speaker for Central China Normal University's International Symposium on Langston Hughes. More recently, Foster has traveled the country lecturing on comics and was featured in PBS's 2013 comic documentary Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, where he examined the political and social impact of some of his favorite characters.