Although I do like LEGO, happening upon The LEGO Store’s monthly free build was pure happenstance. The boys got to build a Star Wars droid of some kind. Elliot’s a bit indifferent to LEGO, but Henry’s really been enjoying the Ninja Turtles set his grandparents got him for Easter.
Archive for May, 2013
I don’t want to give you the idea that this entire run of summer comics will be about the weird things my youngest son says… but at this rate, it MAY BE.
Also, this is the last comic in my sketchbook I did in the rectangular, left to right format. Over the past year I’ve come to realize I much prefer the up and down style I’ve been using. It’s better for web posting anyway.
For new readers: I spend most of the school year drawing comics about teaching because I love my job. During the summer months, I draw comics about my wife and children because I love my family. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting some of last year’s summer journal comics on Fridays in a long-winded ramp-up to new comics featuring Ellen, Elliot, and Henry.
Every year on my class’s final exam, I give my students the same bonus question. For two extra points on the exam, they have to draw a picture of me on the back of their test booklet. I take my favorites out of all those drawings, frame them, and hang them in the Mr. Pearce Art Gallery.
Every Sunday for the next few weeks, I’ll be presenting my students’ work to Tumblr as an attempt to curate these wonderful works of art. The rest of this week’s are behind the cut!
Apologies for being away from comics for so long, folks. If you’ve been following me on Tumblr, I’ve been regularly posting older content from this site for a new audience and I’ve been generally pleased at how well-received they’ve been. I took that step because frankly, teaching 7 classes with no break had finally gotten the better of me and I was starting to feel a bit burned out. I don’t believe my work was suffering but my hobbies definitely suffered… ergo, the lack of posts for most of the last month.
This comic should easily lead into next year’s run of strips though, which should pick up in September. In the interim, I will continue my tradition of posting summer journal comics featuring my wife and children starting this Monday.
This week on The Island of Misfit Toys, we find Azeem from Kenner’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves toy line. Released in the summer of 1991, Prince of Thieves was a pretty laughable summer blockbuster starring Kevin Costner doing a weird faux-English accent as Robin Hood. I’ve never been a big fan of the film, but I will admit Prince of Thieves has some nice moments. Most of them are provided by Alan Rickman (doing a twisted take on the Sheriff of Nottingham) and Morgan Freeman’s wise, stoic Moor.
The Prince of Thieves toy line harkens back to a simpler time when toy companies could get away with more to save money. The entire line of Robin Hood toys is a Frankenstein creation whereby Kenner Toys took existing parts and pieces of previously successful toy lines and retrofitted them awkwardly into a new brand. It seems the majority of pieces for these toys and vehicles were pieced together from Kenner’s Super Powers and Star Wars lines.