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Teaching Comics: Fashion faux pas

Posted in 2013-2014 school year with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2013 by Christopher Pearce

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Cassandra’s one of favorite students. She’s popped up a whole bunch of times over the life of this comic.

sketchbook: how i keep track

Posted in sketchbook with tags , , , on March 8, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I’ve never done this before but for the latest run of comic strips, I’ve been keeping track of characters in my sketchbook. Is this something actual artists do?

I knew I wanted to take the opportunity of focusing on one class to create a couple of memorably designed student characters. In that way, when the same students pop up again and again… it’s easier to notice. Before this year, I always drew whole classrooms of random students, many who ended up looked exactly like one another.

Oh once and awhile I tried to shorehorn in a couple of characters (like Cassie and Winston), but by and large, I stuck with the “large random assemblage” idea. I wanted to try and convey to my readers the feel of how huge being a teacher is these days. I don’t mean the importance of the job… I mean the sheer size. You teach like 150-160 kids a day. Sometimes it seems like one big crowd of kids.

Doing the journalism comics offered me the opportunity to zero in and focus these strips. As you can see, I’ve introduced about twelve recurring students. I find myself often referring to this page to “take attendance” of which characters I’ve used in what capacity and where. I still have the problem of creating similar looking designs for my characters (see the entire right hand column if you don’t believe me) but having something like this page living in my sketchbook has been quite helpful!

I’m afraid I haven’t given them very sharp personalities beyond surface stuff (Devin is sort of negative all the time, Tami is a go-getter/apple polisher) but perhaps that’ll come with time.

2011-2012 school year: nice < good

Posted in 2011-2012 school year with tags , , , , on September 15, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Cassie pops up quite a bit in these comics. Here’s a bunch of her appearances in the comic, including her much-coveted first appearance…¬†which will surely be worth thousands of dollars one day if you place it in a mylar bag and store it in a cool, dry place.

2010-2011 school year: day fifty eight

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 25, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

I wanted to write a little something about the death of Wizard Magazine. For the majority of my readers who may not know, Wizard was a comics-themed magazine/comic price guide published for the better part of the last twenty years.

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2010-2011 school year: day fifty six

Posted in comics with tags , on January 20, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

We were unable to find the misguided Gleek until 5th period- until that point, it was all Journey covers, all morning.

Even though my school is having a snow day today, I got up early and posted a comic for you. Does that make me a great American hero? That’s for you to decide, but yes… yes it probably does.

2010-2011 school year: day thirty two

Posted in comics with tags , , , on November 11, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

I swear times a million that this comic was drawn a full WEEK before Neil Gaiman (author of American Gods among many others) helped our class out with that DonorsChoose project.

Hey, do YOU want to be like Neil Gaiman? There’s only 32 days and less than $90 dollars left on this DC project! Give what you can?

2010-2011 school year: day twenty nine

Posted in chalkboard drawings, comics with tags , , , on November 8, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

Also, I feel it is important to mention on this fine November 8th that my classroom is with Coco:

2010-2011 school year: day thirteen

Posted in comics with tags , , on October 4, 2010 by Christopher Pearce