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.
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Lulu Hitchcock Apocrypha!

Tim Hensley’s astonishing Sir Alfred #3, in which Alfred Hitchcock becomes what he already was: a comic-strip character. Continue reading

 
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Black Panther #1: 31 Thoughts

Perhaps the critic had unrealistic expectations. Continue reading

 
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“Unholy Momentum”: Daniel Clowes’s Patience

Digging into Clowes’s masterpiece with commentary and annotations on everything from the comic’s obscure allusions to its cosmic themes. Continue reading

 
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The Truth about America’s Superheroes; Or, Real-Life Revisionism. 

In one image, Daniel Clowes defeats the superhero. Also: Eugenics, Fetishes, Word Games, Race, Feminism, Fredric Wertham, Corporate Branding, Libertarians, Pajamas, Stan Lee, Graffiti, The Austrian School of Economics, and much more! Continue reading

 
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Daniel Clowes and Eightball, 1988-1998: Highlights, Mysteries, and Fun-Facts

To mark the release of Daniel Clowes’s The Complete Eightball #1-18, we look at the cartoonist’s career and comics from 1988 to 1998. Continue reading

 
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Cartoon Solitude

A look at sentimentality in an Ivan Brunetti image and time in a Charles Schulz strip. Continue reading

 
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2014: Comics, New and Old (Part II)

More reflections on “the state of the art.” Along the way we talk Lichtenstein, meta-characters, the ideal format, page orientation, Spidey vs. Spiderman, “philosophical nihilism,” cat sneakers, and the like. Continue reading

 
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2014: Comics, New and Old (Part I)

Reflections on the “state of the art.” Along the way there’s talk of editorial malfeasance, lyrical ambiguity, feminism, fannish-ness, Kirby, Byron, motorcycle comics, etc. . . . Continue reading