Author Archives: Ken Parille

About Ken Parille

Ken Parille is an Associate Professor of English at East Carolina University. His writing has appeared in The Best American Comics Criticism, Children's Literature, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Papers on Language and Literature, The Boston Review, Comic Art, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, and The Believer. He has also published a guitar instructional book as well as a number of instructional articles in GuitarOne magazine. His monograph Boys at Home: Discipline, Masculinity, and ‘The Boy-Problem’ in Nineteenth-Century American Literature was published by the University of Tennessee Press, and , along with Isaac Cates, he edited Daniel Clowes: Conversations.

Hope I Die Before I Get

It’s the air we breathe. Continue reading

 

The Plight of the Superhero Comic Book

Working his way through a stack of recent mainstream and alternative superhero comics, Ken Parille finds many drowning in clichés and a few that get it right. Continue reading

 

Ghost World at Twenty: Daniel Clowes’s Dialogue

Innovation in the 1990s: a comic book in which people talk like people. Continue reading

 

Everything Sells Everything

A Not-So-Secret History of Superman, Wonder Woman, and the American Superhero. Continue reading

 

Leslie Stein: A Brief Appreciation

Leslie Stein makes great comics! Continue reading

 

Lichtenstein and the Art of Letters     

Roy Lichtenstein is one of the twentieth-century’s most important artists. He’s far from one of its best letterers. Continue reading

 

Gag Cartoons with Naked People: Abner Dean’s What Am I Doing Here?

Revisiting the “Brave Nude World” of philosopher, psychologist, psychiatrist, anthropologist, and cartoonist Abner Dean. Continue reading

 

Error Report?: Comics, Text, and Editing

Words, punctuation, and “orthographic consistency” on the comics page: theories and practices. Continue reading