Archive for November, 2012

odds and ends: the intercept, holidays rule

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , , , , on November 30, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I’m currently reading The Intercept, the new novel by Law & Order creator Dick Wolf.


I snagged an advanced readers’ copy from GoodReads in one of their giveaways.

I suppose GoodReads expects me to write a review of this book, which is sort of unfortunate because it’s not all that good. Presumably the first in a series of novels featuring NYPD Intelligence officer Jeremy Fisk, The Intercept is a pretty flat potboiler. Fisk is another in a long line of authority figures who don’t play by the rules but he has very little characterization to make him appealing. I suppose I’m supposed to care about him because of little details like his love of playing basketball but those small nods to character didn’t quite take hold.

To make a sweeping generalization, this reads like an episode of Law & Order, all plot and very little depth of character. I am positive there are millions of readers in the world for which this is EXACTLY what they are looking for… but I like a bit more to my protagonists than “He’s good at his job and likes basketball.” I’m reminded of Michael Connelly, who writes very similar plot-driven mystery and thriller stories but still manages to make Detective Harry Bosch a wonderfully complex and conflicted character.

At any rate… The Intercept. Comes out December 26th, according to Amazon.

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As we’re beginning to get into the swing of the holiday season, I picked up a copy of Holidays Rule, a collection of new versions of familiar yuletide songs from a diverse number of contributors including The Shins, Andrew Bird, and Paul McCartney.

In truth I picked this up for the McCartney cover of The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) but my favorite in the collection is Black Prairie‘s take on (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man with the Bag. They manage to make the song sound poppy, mournful, and childlike all in three minutes. It’s pretty fun stuff.

2012-2013 school year: typical?

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags , on November 29, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

…and so ends this thing I was doing this week. Again, I’m hoping this is something other teachers see and deal with at some point. It’s not the norm but something I’m seeing a lot more often in the past few years.

2012-2013 school year: best laid plans

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags , on November 28, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

It’s always amazing to me how students think we teachers have everything ready on demand. I guess it’s something I used to think about my own teachers… but I’m sorry to say it’s not really the case. I can barely keep ahead of my lesson plans these days!

2012-2013 school year: vomit = day off

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags , on November 27, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I’m hoping this is a relatable problem for teachers because it’s something that’s become nearly epidemic for me in the past few years.

2012-2013 school year: vacation, all i ever wanted

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags , on November 26, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

The first in a four day epic! I’m hoping this is a relatable problem for teachers, as it’s something I’ve been dealing with a lot over the past few years.

christmas comic cavalcade: terror inc. #8 (marvel comics)

Posted in christmas comics with tags , , , , , on November 24, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

This week at the CCC, we’re looking at Terror Inc. #8, published by Marvel Comics in 1993.

Cover price was $1.75.

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attention! attention!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 24, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

As is my custom for this time of year, I put Thrift Store Finds on hiatus for the weeks leading up to Christmas. It will instead be replaced with…

The Christmas Comic Cavalcade! You can click back here to read the past two years’ worth of yuletide  comics. There are some good ones there… and some really good ones coming up!

happy thanksgiving!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 22, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I drew this a couple of years ago, when Elliot was a toddler.

 

odds and ends: the christmas creep and awful holiday commercials of 2012

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

Personally, I don’t care very much about the “Christmas creep” which seems to drive a percentage of our population bonkers. Yes, I dislike seeing Christmas trees being stocked next to jack o’ lanterns but I understand the impulse on both the parts of the retailers and the consumers at large. What I cannot stand this year are the Christmas commercials. Complaining about commercials has become a small hobby of mine on Twitter, where people seem to go for inane discourse.

Let the record show, there have been a lot of holiday themed commercials I’ve enjoyed in recent years! The Target ads featuring Maria Bamford were really fun. I liked the Hyundai commercials featuring YouTube musicians Pomplamoose. I’ve even come to enjoy the rank stupid excess of the Zales Jewelers and Lexus ads. This year, however… oh boy, this year is something else.

Let’s start with this incessantly annoying K-Mart commercials:

I’m very much afraid the constant loop of “The lights, the lights the lights, the lights the lights the lights” is going to force me to kill someone before December 25th.

…or how about this miscarriage of good taste, brought to you by Macy’s:

I don’t get it, honestly. Macy’s has always been such a careful protector of the Miracle on 34th Street brand. When that flick was remade in the 1990’s, Macy’s refused to play ball, sticking with the nostalgia attached to the classic. To see Edmund Gwinn talking to Donald Trump like that? It sort of breaks my heart a little bit. I mean, I know the executors of Gwinn’s estate signed off on the ad but it just seems so… crass. It’s crass and entirely against the theme of the original flick.

what I’m doing over thanksgiving break

Posted in comics with tags , on November 20, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Today’s our last day of class before break, so I thought it was time to look forward.

Seemingly over the course of time I’ve been doing this comic, I’ve become one of those guys who wakes up early and goes and waits in line outside a retailer on Black Friday. I’m somewhat comforted in my choice of store. I love Half-Price Books Black Friday deal – the first 100 people into the store get at $5 dollar gift card and everything’s 15% off. I don’t even have to elbow a lot of people out of my way when I go as most of the shoppers there are looking for deals on DVDs and BluRays.