Author Archives: Ken Parille

About Ken Parille

Ken Parille is an Assistant 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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Event Watch — Justice League #1: Nothing Will Ever Be the Same Again. . .

They’ve hyped the new Justice League #1 as a “Game-Changer.” But is it? The Comics Journal investigates. Continue reading

 
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Steve Ditko — HA! / AH! — Laughing at Death.

Ditko is a satirist — Ditko creates Black and White Black Comedy with Sick Humor. Ditko’s Creeper: Performance, Heroism, and Mania. Ditko is the single most innovative artist/humorist to come out of the Mainstream Comics Industry. Discuss. Continue reading

 
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Drawing Sex and Paying for It.

K asks, “Is there a right way to draw IT?” X, Y and Z answer, arguing about “The Libertarian Aesthetic.” Continue reading

 
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Bedlam and Baby: Parables of Creation in Jack Kirby and Chris Ware

A look at scenes of creation, drawing, and comics-making. Continue reading

 
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“Nothing Good Can Come Out of Dishonesty”: An Interview about Teaching with Ivan Brunetti

Cartoonist and teacher Ivan Brunetti discusses his new book with Ken Parille. Continue reading

 
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Moto Hagio’s “Bianca”: Against Culture

Ken Parille takes a close look at Moto Hagio’s “Bianca” and finds something sinister. Continue reading