Archive for May, 2013

Summer Journal Comics: Free LEGO build

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , , , , on May 30, 2013 by Christopher Pearce


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.

Summer Journal Comics: Ninja turtle party dude.

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , , , on May 29, 2013 by Christopher Pearce


Summer Journal Comics: Quick as an egg

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , , , on May 28, 2013 by Christopher Pearce


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.

Summer Journal Comics: Made-up words Henry uses

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , , , on May 27, 2013 by Christopher Pearce


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.

the mr. pearce art gallery: week one

Posted in Uncategorized on May 26, 2013 by Christopher Pearce


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!

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Teacher Comics: Cliffhanger?

Posted in 2012-2013 school year with tags , , , , on May 23, 2013 by Christopher Pearce


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.

The Island of Misfit Toys – Azeem from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Posted in island of misfit toys with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2013 by Christopher Pearce


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.

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Island of Misfit Toys: Skeleton Warriors – Baron Dark

Posted in island of misfit toys with tags , , , on May 4, 2013 by Christopher Pearce


This week on the Island of Misfit Toys, we’re looking at Baron Dark from Playmates Toys’ Skeleton Warriors line of action figures.


Skeleton Warriors was a property that filtered quietly through pop culture in the mid-1990’s. They were featured in a 13 episode animated series and some ancillary merchandise (comic books, trading cards, and so on). The concept seems pretty unremarkable, a retread of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe featuring more skeletons this time around. The concept seems like something that was brainstormed in committee rather than any real artistic intent but I guess that’s how it is with most children’s toys.

I was interested to see Playmates Toys’ name attached to these figures. Playmates became a BIG toy company in the 1990’s. They had the stewardship of two of the biggest properties going in toy aisles at the time – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Star Trek. While TMNT were toys primarily for the kiddies, Star Trek was one of the first modern lines I remember to become INSTANTLY collectable amongst adult collectors. Trekkies all over the world were looking to complete their Enterprise Away Crew or whatever. While Skeleton Warriors is firmly aimed at children, there are some aspects of Playmates’ approach to the concept that lead me to believe they were also hoping to hook in older toy enthusiasts as well.

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