Archive for December, 2014

Back this Kickstarter: Plaid Room Records

Posted in Uncategorized on December 24, 2014 by Christopher Pearce

Anyone out there who has a moment: Please check out my buddy Terry’s Kickstarter. He’s opening a record store/live music venue here in Southwest Ohio.

Moving to the Buckeye State from NYC, I can tell you that record stores are few and far between out here. There are two good ones in Cincinnati and a decent on in Dayton, but in-between those two metropolises, vinyl stores are few and far between.

Terry’s a guy who has a ton of experience in the record industry, not only in selling records… but producing them for his own label. Take a moment and check out his proposal. I bet you kick a few shekels his way.

Chalkboard drawings: The “Here comics Santa Claus” edition

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , on December 21, 2014 by Christopher Pearce


The last chalkboard drawing of 2014! I don’t draw on the board during midterm exam week.

This post coincides with my holiday hiatus, during which I will be enjoying two weeks off from school with my kith and kin. I’ll also be working on comics for the second semester. I’ll likely pop on here now and then, but no new teaching comics until 2015.

Speaking of the new year, I’m hoping to have a small print edition of all the comics from the last four months ready for sale sometime in the first week of 2015. All of you folks who have said you’d like to own a print version of the comics over the years better get ready!

Christmas Comic Cavalcade: The Batman Adventures Holiday Special (DC Comics, 1995)

Posted in christmas comics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2014 by Christopher Pearce


This week, we’re looking at The Batman Adventures Holiday Special, published by DC Comics in 1995. Cover price was $2.95. I picked this up for $5 dollars at a comic convention this past April.


When I would shop for presents for my family as a teenager, I’d often treat myself to a comic book from the spinner rack at Waldenbooks. If possible, I would try to find a comic that was reflective of the holiday season. Indeed, some of my favorite comics of all time are collections of yuletide stories featuring superheroes (I’ve talked about many of these books before here on the Cavalcade). This comic was one of those purchases and it’s a great one.

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Teacher Comics: Goodbye Ms. Magee!

Posted in 2014-2015 school year with tags , , , , on December 19, 2014 by Christopher Pearce


Back in college, I’d often draw one-off comics for friends of mine who were graduating or leaving school for some reason. I’ve always wanted to do a few for my teaching colleagues but for the most part, it’s kind of impossible. Teachers make decisions about leaving their positions over the summer months and a lot of times, educators I admire and appreciate will just be gone come August/September. There’s no real chance for goodbyes. In this case, I had ample warning so I wanted to draw a little something up for Jess.

In a lot of ways, the Selena character has a bit of Jess in her, in that she’s a personable math teacher who I’m friendly with outside of my discipline. Like I said in the comic, she will be greatly missed!

So long Chewie

Posted in comics with tags , , , on December 18, 2014 by Christopher Pearce

I waited a bit to mention this but as it’s been almost a month, I think it’s time.

Longtime readers of the comic might remember comics about Chewie, my longtime feline companion.


Chewie was an indoor cat for his entire life, from Brooklyn to our move to Southwest Ohio. Over the last six months, Chewie developed a pretty intense interest in getting the hell OUT of of the house – he’d sneak out if we left a door open for a minute. Usually he’d make his way around the yard and then come back… but about a month ago, he disappeared and we haven’t seen hide nor hair of him since.

Chewie was a big part of the comic when it focused solely on my personal life through the mid-2000’s. I always joke that Chewie was the reason I was able to lure Ellen back to my bachelor’s pad when we were first tentatively interested in one another.


It’s sad. We loved him. I’ve heard stories of cats wandering back to their owners’ after months, sometimes years of being out in the world so I’m not completely giving up hope… but I thought it was time to let everyone know.


Behind the cut are a couple more Chewie-centric comics from the early days of this effort. They make him seem like kind of a butthole… which he totally WAS sometimes… but he was also as sweet at a cat can be.

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Holiday doodles for students

Posted in illustration with tags , , , on December 17, 2014 by Christopher Pearce

I get students asking me for drawings a lot. The way I manage these requests: On the last day of classes before mid-semester exams, I allow students the period to prepare an index card full of whatever materials they think they might need for the upcoming test. While they work on that, I pass around a clipboard and have them write down something they want me to draw for them. I like to joke that these quick doodles are their holiday gifts.





day sixty nine through seventy four.

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2014 by Christopher Pearce

An oldie from 2010, but everything about it still stands… except I don’t dress formally for exam week anymore. Tee shirt and jeans all the way.

Teachable Moments

…and to my great surprise, this brings us to the END of the first semester of classes. While there are only sixty-odd strips posted in the past five months, if you add in the strips I “held back” on my four-a-week schedule, you get something like 85 comics drawn in the past few months. Since a school year is 180 days, I’m just about to my halfway point.

I thought about doing one comic a day for all of our testing days, but quite honestly there just isn’t a lot going on.

So no comic tomorrow and next Monday begins Semester Two.

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Comics: The Force Awakens

Posted in 2014-2015 school year with tags , , , on December 15, 2014 by Christopher Pearce




Here’s a thwarted attempt at doing a comic on a somewhat-current pop culture thing! I sketched this out IMMEDIATELY after watching the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, intending on getting it up here on the Monday following the trailer’s premiere. If you’ve a good memory, that means I should have posted this on December 1st.

I’ve been fortunate enough to get some nice press on the comic of late so although I did want to post this comic, I thought it was a better idea to keep up with strips themed around teaching for most of the month… since that’s what most people would be coming here looking for.

Since we’re ramping up for my annual Christmas hiatus, this seemed as good a time as any to put it up.

Chalkboard Drawings: The Bard edition

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , on December 14, 2014 by Christopher Pearce

I draw a picture of myself on my classroom’s chalkboard every day. I collect those pictures as camera phone photos and post them on Sundays. See the rest here.


Only one this week (all the rest got lost on my cellphone somehow). This is the drawing in the background of the piece Local12 did on me this past week.

Teaching Comics: Holiday PSA

Posted in 2014-2015 school year with tags , , , , on December 11, 2014 by Christopher Pearce


A repost from last year around this time, but the sentiment remains as true as it was then. As we start moving into Midterms Week here at my high school, I ask you all to remember those less fortunate, in any way that you see fit.