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The Patron Saint of Superheroes

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

When does a photograph of me become not a photograph of me? Rather than trying to draw consistent (but almost certainly arbitrary) lines of division, I find myself increasingly evoking individual viewer perception in my comics scholarship. Here’s a test case. Which image in this sequence of digital adaptions ceases to represent me? And, since the later images reverse the level of facial distortion, do any become self-portraits again?

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