Archive for February, 2015

Teacher Comics: Temporary Reprieve…

Posted in 2014-2015 school year with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


Teachable Moments in Ohio Schools Magazine

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 26, 2015 by Christopher Pearce



Here’s a cool thing: Ohio Schools Magazine reprinted the piece NPR did about my comic in their February issue. If you’re an Ohio teacher, you probably have something about me in your mailbox as you read this! Take a moment to peruse while you comb through your Publishers’ Clearinghouse sweepstakes and chinese restaurant coupons.

…for serious though, it’s a very cool thing and the magazine has a circulation of over 120,000. I’m pumped.

Teacher Comics: Wind Chill Factor

Posted in 2014-2015 school year with tags , , , , on February 25, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


…and then that kid comes to school with no coat and I have to teach them about gerunds and Langston Hughes.

People who ignore poverty as the most major factor in student success probably aren’t thinking about students in my district who don’t have warm parkas when the temperature dips below freezing.

Teacher Comics: A Holy Referendum

Posted in 2014-2015 school year with tags , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


Teacher Comics: PARCC Prep?

Posted in 2014-2015 school year with tags , , , , , , on February 23, 2015 by Christopher Pearce



I reference a fun, outside the box “party” summative project I do with my 9th graders in this comic based around the novel Code Name Verityand here are some comics about that project.

Chalkboard Drawings: The “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” edition

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , , , , on February 22, 2015 by Christopher Pearce

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



Hey, here are a few chalkboard drawings from before the extreme cold shut down education in Southwest Ohio!

Teacher Comics: Principal’s Academy Travelogue

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2015 by Christopher Pearce

Last week, my school sent me on a trip to Nashville, Tennessee to attend a Principal’s Academy being given by The International Center for Leadership in Education.

I’m not a principal, but I was sent in the capacity of “lead teacher” which was a nice thing for my district to do.

Instead of doing comics the entire trip, I tried to keep a looser, more doodle-inspired travelogue of the experience. Trip1







My Gilda Radner story

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 16, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


Here’s my Gilda Radner story. I’m barely in it but I play a pivitol role.

I was born in 1981. My parents still lived in New York City at that point and they were walking to my mother’s doctor for my six week checkup… so this must have happened in the middle of March. Their doctor had his office down by Central Park on 80th Street.

So my Mom and Dad are walking down the street, mid-March in the freezing cold… and who should they see but Gilda Radner and she’s walking toward them.

You should probably understand before I tell you the next part of this story that my father’s a fairly reserved person. I’m not saying that he’s not gregarious or anything just… he’s not the type of guy who would normally accost a celebrity on the street as she was going about her daily business.

Dad yells out, “Hi Gilda! This is my son!”

Because of tonight’s 40th Anniversary special, I’ve been reading Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live. Or, to be more accurate, I’m rereading it for the hundredth time. It’s a wonderful book for fans of the show and more than easily earns the “Uncensored” part of the title. There’s no love lost between the greater amount of people involved with the early days of SNL. Most of them speak frankly about the acrimony and infighting which went into making Saturday Night Live an American institution.

This is why it’s always impressed me to read people’s memories and recollections of Gilda, which are uniformly glowing. To say that she was beloved as a comedian would be something of an understatement. She was so good on that show and SO funny. Pop on any episode of Saturday Night Live from the early 1970’s and see how consistently wonderful she was. Beyond her talent however… her peers also seem to be in agreement about what a wonderful person she was in life. I’m sure a lot of people have read Bill Murray’s final remembrance of her, but appreciation for Gilda goes far beyond those sentiments in the book, from the people who worked with her in the 1970’s and 1980’s to the men and women she inspired in the 1990’s and beyond.

A random guy on the middle of the sidewalk on 80th Street yells at Gilda Radner about his newborn son.

I don’t know any celebrities personally but I get the feeling most of them would have just ignored that guy and kept walking.

Instead, Gilda Radner stops, looks at me, and says to my dad, “Oh, he’s BEAUTIFUL”… then keeps on walking.

…and that’s the end of my Gilda Radner story. I’ve been trying to turn it into a comic for about a year now but it’s just not happening. I thought instead I’d share it here.

Teacher comics: BLT SLO

Posted in 2014-2015 school year with tags , , , , , on February 12, 2015 by Christopher Pearce



This comic came out a little harsher than I intended… but I can’t find a way to soften it up.

Teacher comics: A productive staff member joins a committee

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