Chris Gavaler is an associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University, where he teaches creative writing, fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I’m Not Here (Harper Collins 2002) and School for Tricksters (SMU 2011); two books on comics, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017); and two forthcoming, co-authored books, Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019) and Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2020). He is also the comics editor of Shenandoah.