Parallel: Pekar gets fired again because he horses around instead of doing his job properly, much like he did with all of his past jobs.
Contrast: After he was laid off from the brewery that he worked at, Pekar says,"I had a reaction then I had never had before. i got to feeling real dependant." Now that he had a girlfriend he did not feel alone and discouraged when he failed. In fact the next panel shows him proposing to what would be his wife.
Contrast: After he starts working for the government, he starts reading comics. Since he hates the superhero ones, he decided to write his own instead, this being the first thing he does not quit unlike all of his past endeavors.
Parallel: Him getting fired from his job because he was making fun of his boss. This is a lot like his other firings in which he is shown doing something stupid or silly that leads to his firing.
2. Images: I like the pictures in which the shadows or the colors depict the mood. When there is a shadow, usually shown when he is smug after beating someone up, or depressed about something, there are shadows covering the majority of his body in the panel. They attract my attention because they sit his mood and how he feels about the situation, as it is a graphic novel. When he is happy or when the mood of the panel is good, it is often a light color with very few shadows. Close up shots are shown when the expression of the person is important in the panel. Pekar has a couple of panels where it just shows a facial expression of his to get his mood across to the reader through the picture. There are some low angle moments, after he beats people up, to show his authority. Distance shots are used when a large scale event is occurring, such as having a lot of people in his frame or when a lot of dialogue occurs in one frame, such as when he debates with someone about McCarthy.