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A. David Lewis Wikipedia
Aaron "A." David Lewis (born 1977 in Boston, MA) is an American comic book and graphic novel writer. He is also a comics scholar focusing on literary theory and religious studies.
Raised in Framingham, Massachusetts, Lewis is the founder of the Caption Box comic book imprint. He has also served as an instructor at Georgetown University, Northeastern University, MCPHS, Bentley University, and Boston University (as a Teaching Fellow for Frank Korom, Stephen Prothero, and Steven T. Katz). Additionally, he has given lectures at conferences such as WizardWorld, the San Diego Comic-Con, and the New York Comic-Con, among others. He is an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Comic Art under editor John Lent.
In the late 2006, Lewis started a PhD program studying religion and literature at Boston University. There he also helped organize the "Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels Conference" and co-edit its later text Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels published in 2010. He completed his PhD in 2012 and revamped his dissertation work into the book American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion: The Superhero Afterlife published in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Lewis's 2005 work, The Lone and Level Sands (written by Lewis, and illustrated by Marvin Mann and Jennifer Rodgers), won a Howard E. Day Prize and has been nominated for three Harvey Awards in 2007. His 2002 creation, Mortal Coils, was named one of the winners of the 2003 Cinescape Literary Genre Competition, and in 2004 it was given the Paper Screen Gem Award for Mystery/Suspense. It was republished as a hardcover, color edition by Archaia Comics; Mann and Lewis collaborated again through Archaia with Some New Kind of Slaughter, or Lost in the Flood (and How We Found Home Again): Diluvian Myths from around the World in 2009.
In 2011, Lewis became co-editor of Muktatafaht: A Middle East Comics Anthology initially through the Harvard University Center of Middle East Studies' Outreach Center but, due to administrative circumstances, shopped elsewhere. He is also the organizer of the Chain World Freeform Comics Experiment and its customized book The Tome, and, in 2014, a founding member of Sacred and Sequential, an organization of religion & comics scholars.
In 2015, Lewis's co-edited volume with Christopher Moreman, entitled Digital Death: Mortality and Beyond in the Online Age, was a winner of the Ray at Pat Browne Award for "Best Edited Collection", and his American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion: The Superhero Afterlife was nominated for "Best Scholarly/Academic Work" in the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.