chalkboard photo post #30

A brief word before the chalkboard drawings this week: If the incredibly angry person from Columbus, Ohio would e-mail me, I would be happy to address your admittedly quite valid point. It’s a shame, because I’d love to think we could talk. I’m fairly certain you missed my intent, but that in no way excuses my unclearness in that Tweet last night.

Despite that, I will not publish your comments as they stand now. There was too much cussing and they were left anonymously. E-mail me though.

Now, on with the chalk scratching, featuring a guest artist this week!

Ignore the date- this was drawn on Monday instead of two Thursday’s ago. I forgot to change the date. It’s supposed to be Circe from The Odyssey, the book the 9th graders are reading right now. My only visual reference for Circe are Bernadette Peters and old comic books.

And although this is somewhat generic, this is supposed to be The Land of the Dead section of the story.

I was out sick on Thursday, and when I came back to work, I found this. Drawn by one of my terrific students, it’s a little embarrassing how much more accurate this drawing is of me than my usual character. I loved it so dearly that I left it up on Friday, with some additions.

2 Responses to “chalkboard photo post #30”

  1. Not As Angry As I Was Says:

    OK, point taken, but I really still think it was kind of ill-advised to make a post that could easily be construed as a thinly veiled dig at, let’s just say, your high school’s band (I have no idea if your high school has a band). I mean, it just seemed like a real lapse in taste to me. And I think my parallel about describing teenagers’ (whether they’re the ones you grew up with, the ones you teach, or whomever’s) cartooning as poor in some way still holds some water. Maybe to you they stink now, sure, but they could get better with some encouragement. Build up, don’t tear down. That goes for the high school band you were actually critiquing — think about the amount of time at least some of them put in practicing, and what describing their efforts as abjectly worthless says to an audience who may not get your point. Think about it. That’s all I’m saying.

    • Christopher Pearce Says:

      This comment is still anonymous but you shown good grace by coming back a bit more level-headed… and honestly? You are 100% right and you’ve got me dead to rights on some stuff.

      I’ll say this in my defense: My tweet was about the television show Friday Night Lights, in which one of the characters has a LUDICROUSLY bad band called Crucifictorious. The abject horribleness of Landry’s band is a continuing plot point on the two seasons of the show Ellen and I have watched, and the three seasons we haven’t. THAT’S the “bad band” to which I was referring. I could name half a dozen other TV shows/movies that employ the same trope.

      Now keeping my clarification in mind, I can absolutely see how you or anyone could look at that Tweet and think I was having a go at ALL high school bands, be they school sponsored or grown out of a garage. It’s poorly written. Although the idea of drafting tweets sounds kind of nutty to me, I can say, after looking at is, that tweet would not have gotten out of a first draft.

      So you had a really good point and I’m glad you dialed back your rhetoric from apoplectic to what you posted earlier. I wish this had been the comment you left at the beginning. I take my responsibility to my job pretty seriously… and although my comic’s probably about as good as Landry’s band, I take that seriously too. I like to think my “record” stands, and I think it was a fairly innocuous thing to say, but it’s always good to be reminded of the need to be careful about what you say or do online. If you’re absolutely intent, you can go back into my Twitter feed and find TONS of positive tweets about my high school’s talent, musical or otherwise- the most recent one is from March 16th, but there are a bunch of others.

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