Chris Gavaler’s Superhero Comics is forthcoming from Bloomsbury (2017), On the Origin of Superheroes: From the Big Bang to Action Comics No. 1 was published by the University of Iowa Press (2015), his novel-in-stories School for Tricksters by Southern Methodist University Press (2011) and his romantic suspense novel Pretend I’m Not Here by HarperCollins (2002). His scholarly essays on superheroes and comics appear in Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of American Culture, Political Science, ImageText, Image [&] Narrative, Foundation, and International Journal of Comic Art. His short fiction appears in over three dozen national literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, New England Review, Hudson Review, and Witness. He is also a five-time winner of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival’s Outstanding Playwright award. He received an MFA from the University of Virginia and is an Assistant Professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA.