Greg Carpenter has a Ph.D. in English and has taught classes in a variety of subjects, including Comics, American Literature, Creative Writing, and Shakespeare. He has published essays on Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, August Wilson, Tennessee Williams, and Eric Bogosian, among others. He currently teaches at a university in Nashville and is writing a book on comics to be published by Sequart. You can follow him on Twitter @tgregcarpenter.
We Can Be Heroes: Talking 'Supergods' with Grant Morrison | 28 Jul 2011 // 7:00 AM
Grant Morrison’s ability to make connections between seemingly humdrum events and grandiose ideas becomes infectious. Reading Supergods and immersing in his ideas gives one as much kick as a radioactive spider bite.
Have Yourself a Counter-Culture XMas: Red-Nosed Misfits, Elven Outlaws & Bearded Marxists | 23 Dec 2010 // 3:00 PM
The TV versions of Rudolph, Santa, and Frosty are chaotic, freewheeling, and anarchic -- closer in spirit to Heath Ledger's Joker than to Bing Crosby's Father O'Malley.
O Captain! My Captain! Going Where No Octogenarian Has Gone Before | 15 Dec 2011 // 3:00 PM
As "Bill" explores the meaninglessness of celebrity, "Shatner" embraces the shallow and the superficial like an Andy Warhol soup can come to life.
And Here's to You, Mr. Robinson: 'Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics' | 25 Oct 2010 // 4:00 PM
In a conversation with Jerry Robinson, the man who created the Joker, we learn he is much like the superheroes with which he will forever be identified; his career reflects a lifetime of pushing boundaries, challenging conventions, and fighting for artistic integrity.
Diving for Memories in Neil Gaiman's 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' | 9 Jun 2013 // 5:15 PM
The best-written book of Neil Gaiman’s career is focused, lyrical, and profoundly perceptive in its exploration of childhood and memory, and it’s also quite frightening—like one of Truman Capote’s holiday stories by way of Stephen King.
Cogito, Ergo Sum (or Thereabouts): 'Neil Gaiman and Philosophy: Gods Gone Wild!' | 10 Sep 2012 // 5:10 PM
For readers with only a cursory understanding of Western philosophy, this book might seem intimidating, but there's no need for worry. When the primary philosophers on call are Plato, Descartes, Nietzsche, and Sartre, it’s pretty clear we’re only coloring out of the Crayola box of eight.