Archive for April, 2010

not teaching comics: sketchbook page

Posted in sketchbook with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

I haven’t been getting any actual comics done this week, but I did do a bunch of doodling in my sketchbook. Here’s a page.

I was just going through my current stack of comics and drawing some of the characters in them. I’m a big fan of The Muppet Show Comic Book that BOOM Studios has been putting out, especially when Roger Langridge┬áis doing the art. I’m also really digging DC Comics’ Jonah Hex book… it’s the only “straight” superhero book I’m buying regularly right now, and I guess it’s not even a superhero book, really. I picked up Image Comics’ Invincible last week on a whim, but I usually stick to reading that in trades.

The Return of the Jedi speeder-bike is just something I felt like drawing. Elliot’s been playing with a lot of my old Star Wars figurines this month.

Hey! Don’t forget! Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day! If you go to your local comic book store, they should have tons of free comics for you to buy! Elliot and I are going to our LCBS, Up Up and Away Comics, tomorrow… bright and early. If you’ve never been, it’s a lot of fun and worth checking out.

day one hundred fourteen

Posted in comics with tags , , on April 29, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

day one hundred thirteen.

Posted in comics with tags , , , , on April 28, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

I’ve done the “draw myself into a story we’re reading” comic before, but I felt like this one was different enough not to make it repetitive.

day one hundred twelve.

Posted in comics with tags , on April 27, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

Axe Body Spray is an epidemic in middle and high schools. I personally don’t like the smell, but I must be an old fogie.

Hey, just a few more days to vote for my classroom’s project on PepsiRefresh. Please take a moment and vote, if you have the time and the inclination.

day one hundred eleven.

Posted in comics with tags on April 26, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

The seams are showing a bit insofar as one aspect of this project. While there were only 33 days left when this comic was created, if you look at the title of this entry… well, that tells a significantly different story, doesn’t it?

The reason for the discrepancy has everything to do with my “four comics a week” schedule. By the time school is actually finished (barring any missteps), I’ll probably top out at posting somewhere around 140 comics for a year that has 185 days. I have quite a few other comics that, for one reason or another, were held back from posting. I figured I’d just save those strips for the inevitable print collection of these strips and use the inclusion of new material as a selling point.

Lately however, I’m realizing that collecting almost 200 comics in one volume is quite a lot to ask a potential reader… and it’s especially a lot to ask from a potential comic buyer. I’m looking at this year potentially as a “dry run” for next year, as I learned a lot about the comic (as pretentious as that sounds) as I got more and more into drawing it.

I haven’t decided exactly what I plan on doing yet. One option is to release smaller mini-comics based around the various semesters and quarters of a school year. I might just do a “best of” collection… something like all my comics about teaching Romeo and Juliet. I guess it’s also possible that I will not do any kind of print collection. It’s still really up in the air.

I just thought I’d address the weirdness between today’s comic’s content and the title of the strip, before anybody else did!

chalkboard photo post

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

It’s that time again!

We’re currently knee-deep in The Odyssey in my classroom, so a lot of my chalkboard drawings relate to that classic. For example, this one references the bag of wind that Aeolus gave Odysseus that would (if unopened) help him to make his way back to Ithaca. The pig is a reference to the encounter that Odysseus’ men had with the goddess Circe. We read both encounters on the same day, so it seemed fitting to cram ’em together.

…and similarly here, we were reading about Odysseus’ descent into the Underworld.

This one has nothing to do with The Odyssey, I’m just a gigantic fan of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time With Finn and Jake. It’s probably the most wonderful looking animated series I’ve seen in a decade.

not teaching comics: random drawing done in a meeting

Posted in commentary with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

A doodle I drew in a meeting that went late yesterday.

As any obsessive child of the 1980’s remembers, there were TWO Ghostbusters cartoons for us to enjoy. Most (including myself) preferred The Real Ghostbusters, a direct adaptation of the 1984 horror/comedy movie starring Bill Murray… however Filmation (the animation studio responsible for Fat Albert, He-Man, and She-Ra) also produced their version of Ghostbusters.

Filmation was able to do this in a roundabout fashion due to the fact that the name “Ghost Busters” originates from a live action TV series from the 1970’s starring Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch. As this cartoon was an adaptation of that live action show and NOT the movie, Filmation was able to capitalize on the success of Ghostbusters without paying for the rights to make a series out of the movie.

WOW! Confusing!

Anyhow, it was all the same to me and I watched both cartoons. While I preferred The Real Ghostbusters, I also enjoyed Filmation’s version, although it was very clearly done on the cheap. These Ghost Busters had a big gorilla that helped them bust ghosts… so I guess that was cool. Also, Filmation’s Ghostbusters had a pretty great theme song, as did most of Filmation’s properties:

day one hundred ten.

Posted in comics with tags , , , , on April 22, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

I know there’s not a lot of crossover between the many teachers who read this comic and other comic strips, but I found Sam Spina’s journal comics a few days ago. In a crowded field of “slice o’ life” journal comics, Spina’s strips stand out as some of the best I’ve read in years. Click over there and check ’em out!

Also, if you’ve got a few minutes, don’t forget about the PepsiRefresh project. Tell your friends about it, if you would. We have some really great momentum going, but I’m afraid that if we don’t get some new voters, we’ll stall out at around 90th place. Your help is appreciated!

day one hundred and nine.

Posted in comics on April 21, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

It’s been awhile since I asked folks to vote for me on PepsiRefresh. Please do if you haven’t already. I could earn $5,000 dollars for my school that will buy badly-needed reading materials for kids who deserve them. We’re currently in the top 100, but we need to move to the Top Ten if we’re going to take the prize. Thank you so much for taking the time out of the next few days to vote.

day one hundred and eight.

Posted in comics on April 20, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

I avoid going negative with this comic but we’re in the fourth quarter (with only a handful of days left in the year) and I am very tired of being a bathroom warden. I’ve had more issues with the bathroom and passes to that fabled destination in the last few weeks than I have had the ENTIRE YEAR… and it’s frustrating!