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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“Red People for a Red Planet”: Acme Novelty Library #19, Color, and the Red Leitmotif

Things are not going well on Mars or on Earth. Chris Ware tells these tales with the help of a cartoonist’s best friend: the circle. Continue reading

 
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Two Questions Answered about ‘The State of Comics Criticism: 2013’

Grid asks and Grid answers, sort of . . . Continue reading

 
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Friendly Ghosts and Comics Form

Greatness and minimalism in a disposable kid’s comic . . . Continue reading

 
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Secret Loves: A Short History of Two Panels in Charles Burns’s The Hive

Mind-blowing kisses, bitter tears, manic desperation, luxurious eyebrows, and comic book history in Charles Burns’s new graphic novel. Continue reading

 
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Steve Ditko’s Cartooning: Abstraction / Word vs. Picture / Motion

Grid explores the innovative visual techniques of artist Steve Ditko. Continue reading

 
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Construction Manual * John Hankiewicz’s “The Kimball House”

A close reading of an unusual comic by the innovative cartoonist John Hankiewicz. Bonus: the full comic is included! Continue reading

 
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Six Observations about Alison Bechdel’s Graphic Archive Are You My Mother?

Working through the new book. Continue reading

 
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“This Man, This Monster”: Super-Heroes and Super-Sexism.

Ken Parille looks at Super-Ugly Muscles and Male Superhero Outfits. Continue reading