Archive for June, 2011

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.

summer journal comics: the animal name game

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , , on June 20, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

I know I’ve been remiss in posting comics here, so we will now have three uninterrupted weeks of summer journal comics. I will once again apologize for these not having much teacherly content- I know many folks who read the comic come here specifically for strips written and drawn about that subject. It’s summer vacation though!

students draw me, part three

Posted in student drawings with tags , on June 19, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

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thrift store finds: a year in provence audiobook

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , on June 18, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

I decided to spend my first summer away from home when I was twenty years old.

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odds and ends

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 17, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

I MUST take an opportunity to geek out about this. I’m on an incredible run of good reading in the past few weeks- you can become my friend on GoodReads if you’re interested in a more in-depth take, but trust me friends… the last FIVE books I’ve read this summer have been fantastic. Perhaps my favorite of the lot is 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America by Albert Brooks. Brooks is, to me, one of the pillars of American comedy. I’ve loved his movies ever since my parents took me to see Defending Your Life, causing me to go back and rent all his older stuff. The man is Hank Scorpio, for God’s sake!

2030 is an engrossing “what if” scenario for America’s future, equal parts bleak and hopeful, featuring a huge cast of characters and some very prescient thoughts about the next twenty years and I loved it. When I noticed Albert Books had a Twitter profile, I had to say:

@AlbertBrooks The accolades may not even register anymore, but 2030 was terrific. My favorite book of the year. Thanks.

To which, not ten minutes later:

@capearce81 Are you kidding? I have never had an overabundance of accolades. Thanks!

I swear to God, this made my day.


As of last week, I am finished with the David Tenant/10th Doctor episodes of BBC’s long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who.

I started watching Season Two sometime back in March and two and a half months later, I’m done. That strikes me as both fantastic and weird. Folks who experienced this television show first-hand had YEARS of enjoyment and anticipation of new episodes, where as I just slotted them in whenever I had a free afternoon.¬† I can’t tell if this heightened my enjoyment of the show (which, for the record, I absolutely love) or if perhaps I lost something in the experience. I never got the chance to sweat out the time between the final four “special” episodes… I just binge-watched them all.

Going on a TV show binge can be fun, but I think there’s something to be said for watching a show in the way its creators expected you to watch.


Last thing: A few days ago, I received an e-mail from one of my former students. As I’ve mentioned before, I tend to collect the kids who have an interest in comic books… they flock to my classroom when they hear about my library.

 Pearce: What do you think of all the new DC Comics comics?

He went on from there a little bit, but I think you can catch his drift if you’re a comic book fan: This past week, DC Comics announced a huge new publishing initiative, including day-to-date digital publishing AND a line-wide relaunch of ALL their major superhero titles with brand new #1 issues. I’ll put some of my thoughts behind a cut.

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