thrift store finds: aliens novelization

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2016 by Christopher Pearce

So today, April 26th is apparently Alien Day; the numerical date (4-26) is a nod to LV-426, the planet where both the movies Alien and Aliens largely take place. Normally I give this kind of corporate shilling a pass; I don’t care at all about that May the Fourth Be With You/Star Wars thing. However, Aliens was bar non my favorite movie when I was growing up. I was obsessed with it.

So now for your reading pleasure, let me re-present a Thrift Store Finds post I did back in 2011 where I reread and gave commentary on the novelization of the movie Aliens. The post rated a comment from the author of the novelization himself, Alan Dean Foster!

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Less a review and more a trip down memory lane, today’s (and next week’s) thrift store finds are a couple of novelizations based on and around the 1986 movie Aliens.

This week, let’s look at the novelization. Next week, the novelization of a novelization.

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Photos of My Big Fat Notebook!!!

Posted in 2015-2016 school year with tags , , on April 25, 2016 by Christopher Pearce


Hey here are a bunch of cool looking pages from Everything You Need To Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide, coming to bookstores this August by the fine folks at Workman Publishing. I did the doodles!

Teachable Moments at the Gem City Comic Con

Posted in Uncategorized on April 2, 2016 by Christopher Pearce

I thoroughly forgot to plug this! This weekend I’ll be on a panel at the Gem City Comic Con where I’ll be discussing comics, teaching, and where the two intersect in my classroom! Come on by and you’ll have the chance to hear my yammer!

Teacher Comics: You take the test, you pass the test

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2016 by Christopher Pearce

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My favorite moment of the entire week. I’ve never seen anyone so excited to know what second person point of view was in my life!

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Teacher Comics: Lending Library

Posted in Uncategorized on March 22, 2016 by Christopher Pearce

My current teaching assignment doesn’t allow me to focus attention on my classroom’s lending library as much as I would like, but you still do get those moments where young people who are excited to read find out they have access to great books in my room. Those moments are wonderful.

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Students are allowed to read a book after they are finished with the Ohio Graduation Test, so my book nook did a brisk business over the past week.

I’m enormously proud of my classroom’s lending library. I’ve worked pretty tirelessly over the last five years to create a space full of awesome books for teenage readers, including a sizable section of graphic novels. I scour thrift stores, secondhand shops, and yard sales to either find good books for my classroom, or books I can sell at a profit and use the cash I get for those books to buy better ones for my classroom. Our school’s media center has not received any funding from the state of Ohio for almost TEN YEARS, people. It’s a travesty I try to combat a little with my collection of books.

It’s so rewarding when I have kids who took classes with me…

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Teacher Comics: It’s that time of year again!

Posted in Uncategorized on March 21, 2016 by Christopher Pearce

I’ve been feeling a little off this year and recently I realized… one of the reasons (weird as it sounds) is that this is the first year in about 8 years where I’m not teaching Romeo and Juliet. Oh, I did Shakespeare of course, my 10th graders took a run at Julius Caesar I feel was pretty successful. Still, I found I missed teaching something I know SO well… and enjoyed quite a bit.

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Greatest Hits begins tomorrow…

Posted in 2015-2016 school year on March 21, 2016 by Christopher Pearce

Hey everyone… I just thought I’d let folks know, over the next few weeks I’ve decided to do sort of a “greatest hits” thing on the blog. I’ll be reblogging some of my favorite comics over the past few years with perhaps some additional commentary about the whys and wherefores of the strips themselves.

Yes, this is sort of a stop gap until I can get around to putting up new strips… of which I have a bunch, I swear! I just need some time to ink them. Maybe over our upcoming Spring Break.

At any rate, enjoy the reruns, I hope to be back to posting brand new stuff really soon.


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