Archive for September, 2012

chalkboard photo post: jerry nelson and nintendo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 30, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

The rest of the chalkboard drawings are behind the cut, but this one is different from the rest and got a pretty great reaction from the kids. Jerry Nelson’s work with the Muppets was a HUGE part of my childhood. I didn’t realize how big a part of my students’ childhood he was as well. I’m glad I could share the guy’s life with everyone.

The rest of these are Nintendo themed.

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thrift store finds: cincinnati comic expo finds!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Ok, this is going to be a long one, folks. I’m just warning you of that now. Last weekend was the Cincinnati Comic Expo and I spent two days visiting the con; on Saturday I went solo and on Sunday, Ellen and the boys came to spend the morning. I thought this year’s convention built on the momentum CCE had coming off of the 2011 con quite nicely.

Let me walk you through some of my purchases!

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odds and ends: new fall tv season, roadwork

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

The new fall TV season is here and… yeah, whatever. I’ve fallen out of watching television in a big bad way in the last few years. My favorites are either criminally underwatched (Parks and Recreation) or getting a little long in the tooth (How I Met Your Mother, PLEASE let this be the last season). Most of the new offerings from the networks aren’t filling me with excitement, but I’ve sampled a couple.

Partners (CBS): A lousy show with gags that feel like they were pulled from a 1995 Joke Book. Still… despite its’ lousiness, I think the show will be a success. Quality has never been a requirement for a CBS sitcom and Partners is a very familiar riff on stuff that’s been done a thousand times before. I won’t watch it again, but I expect it will have a decent run.

The Mindy Project (FOX): As weird as it sounds, I was looking forward to Mindy Kaling’s solo series this year for a simple reason: Kaling, for her last three years on The Office, has insisted on writing that show’s holiday episodes. I find that fact very telling; the type of TV she enjoys creating would likely be the type of show I’d be interested in watching. I know it’s a silly reason to give The Mindy Project a shot… but there it is.

The pilot of The Mindy Project was WAAAAAY too busy for me. Just… stuff going on left, right and center. The main character is revealed in a flashback, she’s in jail, she goes on a date, she does surgery, she has office banter… it’s a ridiculous amount of stuff to cram into one episode. I think the show has some potential and the scenes where the actors are given a moment to breathe show promise. I’m going to keep watching.

Ben and Kate (FOX): What The Mindy Project got wrong, Ben and Kate got right. The show paces itself and feels lived-in. The titular relationship between a wayward older brother and a responsible younger sister has a quality about it that makes the viewer feel like there’s backstory here to be explored. The concept isn’t so overwrought that it takes 22 minutes to explain. I could see good things from this show and I’m interested in continuing to watch.

It’s sort of ironic however: though I genuinely think Ben and Kate is the best of these new sitcoms… I also think it stands the least chance of being a success. It doesn’t have a great timeslot to support it, it doesn’t have the “WOW” factor that The Mindy Project has. I hope I’m wrong and that it gets a chance to do some episodes; I’d watch them.

I haven’t sampled many dramas this season but I have the first two episodes of NBC’s Revolution saved on my laptop- maybe I can get to them this weekend.

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Finally finished It this week and the book… man, I’ve changed a lot since I read that book as a 7th grader. What once seemed well thought-out and majestic now just feels awkward and strange. The best parts about the book on this revisit were Stephen King’s world building. As a kid, I never appreciated how fully realized the town of Derry was. King bends over backwards to give the place a history and a presence many fictional towns do not possess. I was impressed by that.

Also on the King front, I’ve been listening to Roadwork, one of his earlier novels written under the nom de plume Richard Bachman.

It’s a sour little novel about a guy whose world is turned upside down when the laws of eminent domain lead an interstate to being built through both his home and his place of work. As a character piece Roadwork is a decent thing – Bart Dawes’ slow descent into madness/victimization of circumstance is rolled out in a way where the reader remains sympathetic with him, all the way to the end. King/Bachaman does some artful things where the reasons for Dawes “insanity” aren’t always spelled out, but can be deduced through context.

It doesn’t change my feelings about the book, however. You spend half your time genuinely wishing Bart would just go to a fucking therapist and get over it… and the other half of the novel, you’re dealing with ridiculous things like King’s use of an underground mafia character named Sal Magliori. The Magliori sections of the book are just so tone deaf and silly it’s hard to get past them. I can’t recommend the book but I guess it’s an interesting stop-gap on King’s early years. It’s a little on the nose that at one point Dawes describes himself (I’m paraphrasing here) as a character in a bad writer’s book. At this point in King’s career… Dawes is exactly that.

2012-2013 school year – i said yes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 27, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

2012-2013 school year – pros and cons

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 26, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Carrying a “full load” means I would have NO breaks for the entire year, save for 25 minutes for lunch everyday. I’d start a 7:05… and I’d work through 2:15.

2012-2013 school year – full load

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 25, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Selena has appeared in a bunch of comics before. I like drawing her hair.

2012-2013 school year – packed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on September 24, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

chalkboard photo posts : week one

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 23, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Here’s the first week’s worth of chalkboard drawings. Later in the year, I’ll try and do theme weeks where all the drawings have something in common… but for the first week, I try to keep it fairly straightforward.

For this last one, I did something I NEVER do. A kid asked me to include him in a birthday drawing. My rules for drawing caricatures of students are fairly ironclad, but I thought I could violate it just this once for reasons I don’t even really understand.

 

thrift store finds: kre-o battleship – chopper combat

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

This week, we’re looking at another deeply discounted modern toy I found for a pittance, Hasbro’s Kre-O Battleship Combat Chopper.

I promise I’ll get back to the thrift store shoppin’ real soon. In the meantime, let’s check this thing out!

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odds and ends: cincinnati comic expo 2012

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , , , on September 21, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Fast becoming an annual geek tradition, I’ll be spending Saturday and Sunday at the Cincinnati Comic Expo.

As regional comic shows go, the CCE has been growing like crazy in the past three years and 2012 promises to be the biggest yet. The Guest of Honor include four of the artists (Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, John Totleben, Thomas Yeates) who worked with Alan Moore on Saga of the Swamp Thing, a comic I loved as a teenager. It’s a nice get for the show and I’m looking forward to getting all four gentlemen to sign my hardcover collection of these comics.

Geoff Darrow is also going to be in attendance at the show. Darrow’s probably best known for his work with Frank Miller on Hard Boiled or his own creation, The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot. Back in 1995, I met Darrow at a comic convention in New York where he signed a “suitable for framing” poster print for me.

Now, this print’s been through a LOT in the past seventeen years. It’s hung on walls in Western New York, Boston, and Ohio. Ellen and I hung it on Elliot’s wall when he was a baby! I’m pretty attached to it, and my kids are too. I’m hoping I can get Darrow to add Elliot and Henry’s names to mine at the margin at the bottom.

Of course, those of you who read here regularly already know, the real reason I like going to comic shows is the shopping; those dollar back issue bins are like catnip for me. I’ve also a few “holy grail” comics I’ve been looking to acquire for years. They’re always ridiculous things though, with no real monetary value. For example, this CCE, I’m hoping to locate a copy of DC Comics Presents #67

…the issue where Superman teams up with Santa Claus. I realize that is a pathetic “holy grail” but it fits perfectly within my spectrum of interests, no?

I will, no doubt, regale you with my finds next week.