Email #9, Subject: New Cold War

I read in the Washington Post that the CIA has now officially concluded that Russia “intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.” This is a massive fact. A foreign power, the former “Evil Empire” that battled the U.S. in a half century of Cold War conflicts, hacked our country and then used its hacked information to elect the candidate who made repeated pro-Putin statements against the candidate who made repeated anti-Putin statements. If this had happened in the 50s or 60s or 70s or 80s, it would have been enough to start World War III. It certainly would have gotten GOP leaders talking openly about direct retaliation, military and otherwise. The GOP will now run every branch of our government, so it’s up to you to act. How are you responding to this extraordinary act of Russian aggression? How are you going to fight this New Cold War?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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