Questions from Readers: Chalkboard Origins

Wendy asks:

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I normally turn these questions into comics, but I racked my brain and couldn’t figure out a good way to talk about this in sequential art. Hopefully you’ll forgive my response thusly.

I started with the chalkboard drawings when I was a substitute teacher. I needed a quick, visually arresting way of getting students’ attention… as well as showing them I had a bit more of a vested interest in their world than many of the other subs working the building.

Here are a few examples of those drawings which are now TEN YEARS OLD.

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…see, vintage early 2000’s there.

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Eventually, I became known as “that sub who draws.” Students would find out their teachers were going to be at a conference or something and they’d say “Miss So and So, can you get the sub who draws?” That’s a nice calling card to have, especially as I was considering applying for a permanent position in this district. Ultimately I opted to move down to Brooklyn and work in urban schools, which has been my passion for awhile now.

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(This is not a drawing of me, but rather a teacher/mentor who specifically requested being drawn as a witch. She was terrific.)

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