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Greg Carpenter
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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.


Features

Thursday, July 28 2011

We Can Be Heroes: Talking 'Supergods' with Grant Morrison

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.


Thursday, December 23 2010

Have Yourself a Counter-Culture XMas: Red-Nosed Misfits, Elven Outlaws & Bearded Marxists

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.


Columns

Thursday, December 15 2011

O Captain! My Captain! Going Where No Octogenarian Has Gone Before

As "Bill" explores the meaninglessness of celebrity, "Shatner" embraces the shallow and the superficial like an Andy Warhol soup can come to life.


Monday, October 25 2010

And Here's to You, Mr. Robinson: 'Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics'

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.


Reviews

Sunday, June 9 2013

Diving for Memories in Neil Gaiman's 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane'

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.


Monday, September 10 2012

Cogito, Ergo Sum (or Thereabouts): 'Neil Gaiman and Philosophy: Gods Gone Wild!'

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.


Tuesday, June 12 2012

'Bruce Springsteen, Cultural Studies, and the Runaway American Dream'

Since nothing kills street cred like unsolicited love from the establishment, news of a collection of scholarly essays on Bruce Springsteen might provoke skepticism, even fear. It needn’t. As awkward shows of affection go, this one is actually pretty good.


Thursday, March 8 2012

Notes Written in the Sand: Neil Gaiman, Leslie Klinger and 'The Annotated Sandman'

The Sandman takes readers through the kingdom of dreams, and Neil Gaiman, like a magnificently deranged Gnostic tour guide, spends as much time off-road, exploring the diversions, back roads, dives, and alleyways of his story, as he spends on the main highway.


Monday, October 31 2011

The People Could Fly: 'Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes'

Even though a contemporary eye can find both amusing and offensive stereotypes in many of these comics, compared to the nadir of TV's “Ghetto Man”, they seem like they could have been written by Ralph Ellison.


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