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The Patron Saint of Superheroes

Chris Gavaler Explores the Multiverse of Comics, Pop Culture, and Politics

The full title is What If? Philosophical Thought Experiments of Superhero Comics. I co-wrote it with Nathaniel Goldberg, and we’re now entering production stage with Iowa University Press for a fall 2019 release. That means copyedits, indexing, proofs, and–my favorite–cover design. For my first book with Iowa, I found a photoshopped image of Napoleon in a Batman mask. It turned out the artist lived in Iran and was thrilled to have his art featured on the cover. This time I’ve discovered an even more obscure digital artist: me. Instead of Photoshop, I’m working in archaic Word Paint, using an idiosyncratic collage technique I’ve been slowly developing over the last year. Most of these wouldn’t work for cover art, but it’s a fun experiment. Each combines multiple sources digitally scissorsed into gridded strips and layered over and over.  My favorite is the last, which I sent to Iowa. We’ll see if they like it enough to put it on the cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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