The image-text sequence “the right of the people peaceably to assemble” combines digitally manipulated photography, graphic design, and found language in a hybrid form that suits the technical definition of comics while violating comics’ conventions and connotations. The eight-piece sequence is part of a larger book-length project, Words Fail.
Black Lives Matter
My Pussy My Rules
You have the right to remain silent
About Chris Gavaler
Chris Gavaler is an associate professor of English at W&L University, where he serves as comics editor of Shenandoah. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and four Business Relationships on comics: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), and Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2020). His sequential art appears in Redivider, Split Lip, The Ilanot Review, Aquifer, Hair Trigger 2.0, Sonder Review, Two Cities Review, and Sequentials.