Archive for June, 2011

sketchbook: gus, buddy, and some ugly sketches

Posted in sketchbook with tags , , , , , , on June 30, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

I recently read the first two trades of the DC/Vertigo series Sweet Tooth, and I’ve really been enjoying it. Written by Jeff Lemire, it’s sort of a post-apocalyptic Road Warrior type drama, only with half-man/half-animal hybrids and WAY more flannel. Recommended.

Hate is easily my favorite comic series ever and while I know there are some fans who aren’t into cartoonist Peter Bagge’s “new” Buddy Bradley look, but I think it’s hilarious. It’s driving me crazy, knowing the newest annual is out there in the world and I haven’t read it.

summer journal comics: henry’s learning

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , on June 29, 2011 by Christopher Pearce


summer journal comics: who is cool

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , , , on June 28, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

As I’ve mentioned a time or two before, I’ve become a fan of the new Doctor Who series. Ellen has alternately rolled her eyes and been intrigued by my newfound nerdy interest, and I made her promise to give Series 5 a shot with me. Turns out, she LOVES it.

I am a little surprised by S.5 in that I’ve also been enjoying it. I expected to feel quite a bit more resistance to Smith’s turn as The Doctor considering how much I loved David Tennant’s turn in the role. Smith is decently winning though, and while I have a feeling the 10th Doctor will always be the one I think of as the character, I’m willing to give this guy a shot. Ellen and I are already scheming Doctor/Amy Pond costumes for this Halloween.

summer journal comics: co-written by elliot

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , on June 27, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Elliot’s been making up a whole bunch of little songs lately, but this one is my favorite. I have no idea where he got the idea, but I do know that Henry and Elliot like to dig for worms behind the shed.

students draw me, part four

Posted in student drawings with tags , , on June 26, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

See more of “the lumberjack” behind the cut.

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thrift store finds: an old church lectern, take two

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Back in April, I wrote about one of my stranger thrift store finds, an old church lectern that I happened upon.

It was a pretty awesome thing just to come across and I was looking forward to bringing it into school. Unfortunately, I didn’t think the gigantic cross on the front there was a great compliment to the rest of my classroom. I decided to make rectifying this a small project this summer. Unfortunately, when I removed the cross, I found that it has been inset deep into the wood on the front of the thing. I needed to figure out a way to cover up the cross easily.

Using a bunch of old Silver Age DC comics, I cut out a bunch of individual sections and decoupaged the front panel with them. My uncle died a few years ago and left me a massive garbage bag full of vintage comic books. Most I saved, but some were coverless or torn. I didn’t feel too badly about taking my scissors to these books… and visually, they were just what I was looking for.

Lots of gigantic sound effects and pleasingly goofy word balloons, when taken out of context. Most of these came from old issues of Legion of Super-Heroes, World’s Finest, The Brave and the Bold, and Superman, although the eagle-eyed among you might noticed I cheated a bit by including a few panels from a more modern comic. I never noticed this until I was cutting them up like so much confetti, but older superhero comics are really constricted in their storytelling- you get like nine to twelve panels on some pages! I needed to use some bigger panels to cover some areas, so I hacked up an old issue of Alpha Flight. I actually thought about putting some Todd McFarlane-era Spider-Man panels on here, but I’m glad I didn’t because the juxtaposition of classic and modern styles would have looked weird.

Anyhow, that’s what I did. It looks a little goofy and slapdash, but I think it fits me and my personal interests. I expect it will be a source of conversation in my classroom for years to come.

odds & ends

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

I don’t think I mentioned it, but I’m currently in Northeast Ohio with my family; we’re visiting Ellen’s parents for a few days. I’m normally able to “appropriate” a wireless Internet connection from one of the neighbors around her, but nothin’ doing this go-around. As such, I’m on Alice & Ken’s big old computer. I apologize in advance for any typos.


While I’m here in NE Ohio, I took an afternoon to walk around downtown Kent. I’ve driven through Kent a few times, but never had the opportunity to check the place out. It’s a fairly standard college town, replete with dilapidated concert space, several bars, and to my happiness, a nice sized used book store, Last Exit Books. I always enjoy used book stores in college towns, because often college students get a bit silly with their book collections and decide, in a fit of desperation, to sell their prized books for beer money. I did something similar with my record collection when I was a soon-to-be college Freshman.

Anyhow, I wasn’t looking for any big purchases (truth be told, I’m kind of light in the wallet until payday) but Last Exit did have a fair selection of used comic books, and I bought a couple.

Now, I picked these three books for three different reasons. Lethargic Comics is a superhero spoof book I enjoyed quite a bit when I was heavily invested in superhero comic books. Prez is (I guess) a spin-off of the first issue of The Sandman I ever bought. Father & Son just looked like the type of alternative humor book that doesn’t get made very often these days. Three random picks, three random dollars.

I was a little surprised to find out, after getting back to my in-laws, that the three books also share another thing in common: All three books came out in 1995. I don’t know what this says about me, or the comics, or my taste, but I thought the randomness was pretty fun.


Movies. I saw some movies this past week.

Super 8 was a fun flick; I liked the way it paid homage to the “days gone by” of Spielbergian kids movies. It hit all the notes well: ragtag bunch of kids, single parent woes, military involvement; I could go on but I won’t. I wish it had done a little less benedition toward those old Amblin flicks and struck out on its’ own a bit more… but like I said, I liked the movie.

Green Lantern was a mixed bag. I should say right off, I enjoyed the movie. I thought it was fine. It didn’t blow my socks off, but not many of these superhero movies do. I didn’t like Iron Man the same amount as everyone else, nor was I completely wowed by Spider-Man when it first came out. GL was OK. That being said, this devistatingly brutal piece on Topless Robot zeroes on exactly EVERY flaw the movie has (and there are many). Well worth reading if you’ve seen the flick.

sketchbook: random scribblings from june 13th

Posted in sketchbook with tags , , , on June 23, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

I recently found Scott Morse’s awesome Magic Pickle trade at Half Price Books and unreservedly love the thing. I wish I had heard of the series before last week!

Oh, I also received a HORRIBLE haircut at SportsClips the other day. I’m awful about getting my haircut since getting married- my hair is fairly simple, and to save money, I’ll go pretty much anywhere Ellen finds a coupon for to get a trim. SportsClips though? Jeez. Firstly… I’m not a huge fan of sports in general, so I don’t need eight TVs blaring the results of last night’s football game at me while someone clips my curls. Secondly… the woman shaved off the part of my beard that connects my beard to my hair! I look even stupider than usual now!

summer journal comics: go in our backyard

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , , on June 22, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

I’m pretty sure this happened in For Better or For Worse once. There was a week-long storyline where Elizabeth took a dump on the the Patterson’s lawn, right? Am I misremembering?

summer journal comics: i’m almost finished, erica!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 21, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

In point of fact, this project I’m working on didn’t even require a TON of research into my high school experience… it just involved me THINKING about my high school experience, which I’ve spent some significant brainpower avoiding for years. I didn’t have a great time in high school.

Of course, you’re probably thinking “If you were so unhappy in high school, why on Earth did you become a high school teacher, Chris?” It’s a fair point, truly. When I was in grad school, I had a professor who explained it rather well. I’m paraphrasing here, but he basically said, “There are two types of people who become teachers. The first type is the person who had a terrific experience in school. They loved every second of it and they want to replicate what they loved. The second type of teacher is a person who had a HORRIBLE experience in school. They hated it, and they go back because they never want anyone to suffer as they did.”

I didn’t suffer at the hands of any teachers or administrators- most of my pain was entirely self-inflicted. Still, I always liked the way that professor termed the experience. It made me feel like I was Rambo.