Email #338: Congratulations on your retirement, Congressman

I began writing you daily letters almost a year ago. Although I have several more letters drafted on a range of issues that you will continue to influence until you leave office in December 2018, I will forego sending them. Since you have announced that you are retiring, I am retiring my personal letter campaign. Despite our differences, please accept my sincere wishes for a happy retirement.

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.

5 thoughts on “Email #338: Congratulations on your retirement, Congressman”

  1. Best news from Badlatte in years. Will miss the daily letters though. They became like my daily “scripture” reading


  2. One problem with being rational is that it prevents one from believing in Karma (in the pop-cultural sense of the word.) Goodlatte will have wonderful Health-Care, a sweet government pension, honoraria for speaking in front of the numerous special interests he’s served so well, and other perks we can only imagine. So, wishes, thoughts, and prayers aside – it is as close to a guarantee as one could hope for the Gentleman from Virgina will have a “happy retirement.”


  3. Thank you Chris for your daily efforts to shine a light on the actions, and inactions, of our “representative”. Your thoughtful and informative letters made me more informed and I am sure contributed to his retirement decision. Thank you and keep up the good fight!


  4. Thank you so much, everyone. The outpouring on Facebook has been so uplifting, some 200 likes on this final post, and so so many kind comments. When I started, I thought of the blog as just a personal journal. But it has over 20,000 views now, with this last week the second biggest since March. That’s tiny in the big picture, but I’m happy to be a drop in a very big bucket. And it’s great to step away at such a positive moment. Thanks to everyone who has ever stopped by.


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