Archive for the 2015-2016 school year Category

A State of the Comic Address

Posted in 2015-2016 school year on January 18, 2016 by Christopher Pearce

Hello, everybody still reading here! I wanted to take a minute out of this wonderful three-day weekend to say hi and acknowledge that yeah… there haven’t been any new comics in quite awhile. In fact, there haven’t been any NEW comics from me since mid-December, making this the longest break from writing about my classroom that I’ve ever taken in my career as a teacher! It feels absolutely crazy to me.

New comics are coming. I should lead with that. I have a sketchbook of ’em sitting right next to me. I want to build up a decent reserve of them, inked and scanned, before I start regularly posting again.

I don’t know that I am comfortable going into the whys and wherefores of this dry spell – certainly moving to the new position has had something to do with my sudden lack of productivity. I alluded to this a bit in a comic over the holidays and I plan on articulating some of my work frustrations in future strips… but while I”m in the thick of things, it doesn’t seem like exactly the right time.

That’s not to say the horizon is completely empty. Far from it! I still have my regular gig for Ohio Schools Magazine I’ll be keeping up with. I also have the two books I illustrated for Workman Publishing coming out in a few months. This are really exciting comic-adjacent things I’m going to be talking more about in upcoming weeks… but the fact remains, most of you come here for the 9-5 of a working teacher and I simply don’t have those comics directly in the pipeline as I write this. I hope I’ve built enough of an audience here to be a little patient with my slow output. In the meantime, there are archives of the last five years of teaching comics available here for your perusal.

I hope the next time I’m posting, it’s some new strips! Everyone hang in there:)

Teaching Comics: My strip from Ohio Schools’ December issue

Posted in 2015-2016 school year with tags , , , , , , on December 24, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


Ohio-Schoold-DecemberHere’s a comic I did for Ohio Schools Magazine this month. It’s a slight reworking of a comic I did a few years ago.

Comics and Christmas have always gone together in my mind ever since I received The Essential Calvin & Hobbes as a gift many moons ago. I was so excited to be able to something in this vein.

Not Teaching Comics: I like me.

Posted in 2015-2016 school year with tags , , , on December 21, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


Teacher Comics: Minneapolis, Part 4

Posted in 2015-2016 school year with tags , , , , , , on December 7, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


Hell’s Kitchen is an American-style restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. We left before the live music started but it was good eats.

Elizabeth Wein is an author I occasionally wax rhapsodic about here. You should read her books.

Teacher Comics: Minneapolis Trip, Part 3

Posted in 2015-2016 school year with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


Day 2 of my trip to Minneapolis to the NCTE convention… even though this is the third comic page.

Richard McGuire’s Here truly is mind-blowing. He’s been working on it for a long time but I had never heard of it before this weekend.

Craig Thompson on the other hand is one of my favorite cartoonists. If you haven’t read Blankets, Goodbye Chunky Rice, Habibi, or most recently, Space Dumplins, get on that. Also you can check out some of the cool doodles he did in our books at CXC this past fall.

Cece Bell wrote the tremendous graphic novel El Deafo.

Teacher Comics: Minneapolis Trip, Part One

Posted in 2015-2016 school year with tags , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


For the next few days, I’m going to be doing some comics about my trip to Minneapolis, visiting the National Council of Teachers of English convention, and winning one of Penguin Random House’s Teacher Awards for Literacy.

I know these aren’t exactly the kinds of comics I normally do about being a teacher – think about them as being “teacher adjacent” if it makes you feel better.

Also, these comics are taking a HUGE amount of time to produce so I might miss a day or two. I hope they’ll be worth it in the long run!

Teacher Comics: Comics, Classroom Reading, and Student Choice

Posted in 2015-2016 school year with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2015 by Christopher Pearce

NCTE Comic

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the National Council of Teachers of English asked me to draw a comic for their September newsletter. I was beyond excited for the assignment and chose the topic of student choice in independent reading. Me being me, I of course skewed it toward comics and graphic novels. I was happy to namecheck great books like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Jeff Smith’s Bone, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga, and Raina Telgemeier’s Drama. All of those great comics have been banned in schools and libraries for what I view as laughable reasons. All of those comics should absolutely be available to young people to read and enjoy.

Tomorrow I’ll be making my way to the annual NCTE convention in Minneapolis where I’m receiving a Teacher Award for Literacy, so I thought on the eve of my trip, posing a nice version of this comic was worth doing.

Teacher Comics: 24 Hour Energy

Posted in 2015-2016 school year with tags , , , , on November 17, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


I’m sure someone somewhere is working on making these two horrible ideas a reality.

Teacher Comics: New lingo for teachers

Posted in 2015-2016 school year with tags , , , , on November 16, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


This was a new one on me, I hadn’t heard it until this summer.

Teacher Comics: The Goldilocks Principle

Posted in 2015-2016 school year with tags , , , on November 11, 2015 by Christopher Pearce