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W&L Professors Beavers and Gavaler Publish Textbook Professors Leigh Ann Beavers and Chris Gavaler recently published a textbook titled “Creating Comics: A Writer’s and Artist's Guide and Anthology.”

Creating-Comics-234x350 W&L Professors Beavers and Gavaler Publish TextbookW&L’s Chris Gavaler and Leigh Ann Beavers recently published “Creating Comics: A Writer’s and Artist’s Guide and Anthology.”

Washington and Lee University’s Chris Gavaler, associate professor of English, and Leigh Ann Beavers, instructor of art, recently published “Creating Comics: A Writer’s and Artist’s Guide and Anthology.”

“Creating Comics” markets itself as a “guide to the creative process, with practical drawing exercises throughout and an anthology of comics demonstrating the eclectic possibilities of the form.” The textbook reviews images to conceive and develop characters and stories, the complete range of possible relationships between two images, and a step-by-step structure of visual narratives to name some of its content.

Gavaler is also the author of “On the Origin of Superheroes,” “Superhero Comics,” “Superhero Thought Experiments” (with W&L’s Nathaniel Goldberg), “Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith: A Philosophical Account” (with Goldberg) and “The Comics Form” (forthcoming). Since 2009, he has taught a class at W&L about superheroes and comics that has examined the superhero character type and comics elements as an art.

Beavers is a visual artist whose work combines reconciliation ecology with multi-media drawing installation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in graphics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and she teaches drawing and printmaking at W&L.

Beavers and Gavaler have previously co-taught a Spring Term class on how to write and illustrate a 14-page comic book, and they plan to offer the course again in Spring Term 2021.