Archive for July, 2011

a 3 AM update

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

An early good morning to all you folks out there. I thought it was about time to post a quick update as to what’s going on with comics in the next few weeks. You may have noticed posting has slacked off in the past week- I hit my usual Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday entries, but the rest of the week has been shot. The fact of the matter is, I have a pretty terrible ear infection in my  left ear and I’ve been all but incapacitated for the last few days.

My doctor said, and I’m quoting here, that it’s the worst ear infection he’s ever seen. I have no idea how I came to such a dubious distinction, but I do know it’s been absolute hell for me. I’ve not been getting ANY sleep during the hours where a body normally sleeps. I’ve been useless around the house. I’ve been grumpy and irritable. It’s been no picnic, although I suppose I need to keep in mind that it could be worse. I could have an infection in both ears.

At any rate, that’s what’s going on. I have dozens of sketchbook comics finished, I just don’t currently have the patience or fortitude to sit down at my scanner and get them ready for you. I apologize and hope to God that I’m feeling better sometime next week.


summer journal comics: spinner shirt, part two

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , , on July 19, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Here are some negatives to Elliot’s spinner shirt obsession:

summer journal comics: spinner shirt, part one

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , , on July 18, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Just FYI: I’m not going to be doing any comics about my vacation to Disney, although I may do a longer post about it somewhere down the road.

students draw me, part five – the poptart edition

Posted in student drawings with tags , , on July 17, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

A handful of students decided to immortalize one of my more embarrassing moments this past school year- In the time between Homeroom and 1st period one day, I decided to make a Pop Tart in one of the ancient toasters in our teachers’ lounge. The yahoo who used the toaster before me cranked it up to 11, and when I (stupidly, I admit) pulled the breakfast pastry out of the toaster, the thing was BURNING hot. My thumb sunk into the thing through the icing… wherein, the icing, exposed to cool air immediately hardened on my thumb.

You would not have BELIEVED the blister I got from this silly Pop Tart. You also wouldn’t believe the amount of whining and complaining I did that day. To be sure, a lot of it was in jest… but damn, that Pop Tart KILLED my thumb!

Anyhow, a lot of my students remembered this wound and immortalized it:

I like this one for the variety of things it brings to the table- the personified Pop Tart, the Bat-Signal, my burnt thumb… it’s awesome.

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wdw in review: my disney loot

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 15, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Ellen, the kids and I returned home from a week of fun and sun in Walt Disney World yesterday. Even with grandparents and an aunt in tow, WDW with a one year old and and an (almost) four year old is pretty challenging… but we had a fun time! I thought I’d take today and tomorrow to talk a little about my vacation, fully recognizing that this has little to nothing to do with teaching or comics. Thanks for indulging me.

First let me show you the loot I brought back from the Mouse House. I picked up a couple of fun “exclusive” toys for my knickknack shelf; exclusive is, of course, a relative term since hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to Disney World every year. Still, I wanted pick up some things that I couldn’t easily scoop up in the toy section of a Target on any given day of the week. By and large, I think I succeeded.

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thrift store finds: babysitter’s guide by dennis the menace

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , on July 2, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

(Thrift Store Finds is a mostly-weekly “column” of sorts where I discuss some of the cool books I’ve happened upon in my neighborhood’s St. Vincent DePaul store. Please don’t mistake me for an expert on any of the things I am writing about… I’m just a fan of a bargain.)

Last year, I wrote a couple hundred words about Dennis the Menace, and to be perfectly frank, I didn’t expect to ever revisit him here in Thrift Store Finds. I had said my piece, as it were. Although I continue to find Dennis paperbacks during my thrift store runs, nothing unique sang out about them; nothing new occurred to me to the point where I felt like devoting an second post to Hank Ketcham’s ornery little mischief maker.

That is, until I came across this week’s Thrift Store Find.

Babysitter’s Guide by Dennis the Menace, published in 1961 by Fawcett Crest Books is a bit of an oddity. Written and drawn by Ketcham and Bob Harmon, from the onset this looks like the standard collection of Dennis gag strips… but the majority of the comics in Babysitter’s Guide are themed around (you guessed it) Dennis terrorizing his various babysitters.

Obviously, I’ve been reading a lot of these old comic paperbacks in the last year and a half and I’ve often wondered why I didn’t come across the idea of theming more often. Most paperbacks I look at are a random mish-mash of strips, collected with very little rhyme or reason to their sorting within collections. It’s understandable why both publishers and cartoonists might prefer cherry-picking the best strips for book publication, but it occasionally makes for strange gaps within a collection.

Ketcham was a gag man, however. There was no strict continuity within his Dennis strips, no sweeping stories. As such… Dennis the Menace was a good choice for a book culled together as this one is.

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we’re goin’ to disney world!

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , on July 1, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

My family and I will be spending next week in the capitalistic, childlike wonderland that is Walt Disney World.

The last time I was at Disney World was back in 1993. In the eighteen years since that visit, surely there are now better things to do in Orlando than gawk at the the cars from the live action Flintstones movie, yes?

To that end, it hasn’t escaped my attention over the years that quite a few of you are connoisseurs of all things Disney. Some of you live near the House of Mouse, some of you have worked there… others are just regular visitors. I’m looking for any advice or tips for having a good time. We’re staying at the Saratoga Springs hotel from July 6th through to the 12th, and we’re going to have access to all the theme parks at WDW.

Is there anything we HAVE to do with Elliot and Henry? We’re familiar with most of the age-appropriate rides, but anything else special?

Any food we MUST sample?

After the kids go to bed, any suggestions for where to spend our nights? We are restricted to the Disney compound, but besides that, anything goes.

I’m open to any and all good advice and suggestions!