Greg Carpenter

Greg Carpenter is a writer, teacher, and recovering coffee addict. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Mississippi and has published essays on a variety of writers including Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Jerry Robinson, August Wilson, and Tennessee Williams. He is currently writing a book on comics for Sequart and is a frequent contributor to PopMatters. He has taught a wide variety of classes, including Comics, Modern American Literature, Shakespeare, and Screenwriting/Playwriting. He currently teaches at a university in Nashville. He also holds an M.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.A. from Arkansas State University. You can follow him on Twitter @tgregcarpenter.

MAGAZINE CONTENT BY GREG CARPENTER (18 TOTAL)

Charlie Gibson and Sarah PalinThe Politics of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

CHARLIE GIBSON:  Do you agree with the Bush doctrine? SARAH PALIN:  In what respect, Charlie? GIBSON:  The Bush — well, what do you — what do you interpret it to be? PALIN:  His world view. GIBSON:  No,… [more]

A Small Killing, CoverAlan Moore, Oscar Zarate, and One Killer of a Graphic Novel

I was reconnecting with some of my former professors at a reception this past weekend when one of them asked what I was working on.  I said I had almost finished writing a book about… [more]

From Uncle Sam, art by Alex RossCaptain America, Alan Moore, Alex Ross, and the Truth

I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus.  The Captain America film is coming out, but I’m not happy.  I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel.  I just don’t understand Captain… [more]

Xerxes becoming a god300 Things I Hate about 300: Rise of an Empire

[NOTE: the following essay contains spoilers.  As to whether a film that’s already rotten can be “spoiled” … well, that’s a debate for another time.] You know it’s a bad sign when you only have… [more]

Edison vs. TeslaJeff Smith Delivers the Old Rasl Dasl

One of the running gags I used to enjoy on The Simpsons was the dreaded educational filmstrip.  Whenever Bart or Lisa’s class would settle in to watch one of these out-of-date filmstrips, the faded color,… [more]

Understanding Comics, CoverUnderstanding Comics on the Wabash Cannonball

I took the last “left” to Clarksville because, contrary to popular belief, there is no train.  Driving up the Interstate from Nashville, I wondered idly how many other people had been disappointed to learn that… [more]

CARPENTER To the Heart of the Storm, CoverTo the Heart of Will Eisner

Some of you may remember that back in January, when I first started writing this weekly column, we conducted a poll of Sequart contributors who ranked the greatest works and most important creators in comics… [more]

CARPENTER Batman Odyssey CoverIn Praise of Bad Batman

“Bless me Father Jack, for I have sinned.  It’s been . . . well, this is my first confession.  Actually, I’m not even Catholic.” Father Jack puffed on a cigar and squinted.  “Well, this ain’t… [more]

John Lewis, Presidential Medal of FreedomAin’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: John Lewis’s March

The story begins on the Edmund Pettus Bridge with a long line of marchers in the center of the top panel.  They walk two-by-two on the left side of the road, hugging the railing, prepared… [more]

Michel FoucaultThe Foucault Gospel: Grant Morrison, French Philosophy, and One Mangy Coyote

William Shatner has said that one of the secrets to a fulfilling life is learning to say “yes.”  Sure, you sometimes make mistakes, but if you say “yes” enough times you wind up recording albums… [more]

CARP Trial of Sherlock HolmesThe Curious Case of the Omnipresent Consulting Detective, Part 2: An Interview with Leah Moore and John Reppion

You’re in for a special treat this week.  In my last column, I talked about the flurry of Sherlock Holmes projects that have appeared over the past five years.  This week I wanted to turn our… [more]

The Koch BrothersThe Curious Case of the Omnipresent Consulting Detective, Part 1

He’s one of the most popular characters in literary history, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a time when Sherlock Holmes was more visible than the past five years.  Offhand, I can’t think of another… [more]

Will EisnerOn Canons, Critics, Consensus, and Comics, Part 3

This week marks the final installment of our search for a comics canon.  As I mentioned in the first column, I recently conducted a survey of the people who contribute to Sequart.  A total of 25… [more]

Dark Knight ReturnsOn Canons, Critics, Consensus, and Comics, Part 2

As I explained in last week’s column, I recently asked my fellow Sequart contributors to answer the following question:  “What are the 10 greatest works in the history of the comics medium, and who are the… [more]

1753719-kingdomcomehdOn Canons, Critics, Consensus, and Comics, Part 1

The semester was nearly over.  As a class, we had spent nearly four months reading and discussing comics, and now, in the final two weeks of the term, each student was delivering an oral presentation… [more]

The Goon ChinatownConfessions of a Suburban Criminal or: How I Nearly Got Busted and Why I Blame Eric Powell

As I wheeled my Honda minivan into the parking lot of the Kustom Thrills Tattoo Studio, I didn’t realize I had a cop on my tail. I had come for the opening of Eric Powell’s… [more]

Fast Forward #1Romantic Reflections in “A Glass of Water”: Morrison and McKean Unplugged

When you do research for a book, you often find yourself searching through the more obscure work of a writer or artist, naively hoping that between all the usual awkward experiments and routine exercises in… [more]

Violent CasesPeeking from Behind the Sofa: The 25th Anniversary of Violent Cases

Violent Cases is the greatest comic ever written about an osteopath.

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Total Words for All Magazine Content: 37,670