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Chalkboard drawings: The “comic strip character” edition

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2014 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.

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chalkboard drawings: the “end of the holidays” edition

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , , , on December 18, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

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thrift store finds: what was bugging ol’ pharaoh?

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

(Thrift Store Finds is a mostly-weekly “column” of sorts where I discuss some of the cool books I’ve happened upon in my neighborhood St. Vincent DePaul store. Please don’t mistake me for an expert on any of the books I am writing about… I’m just a fan of a bargain.)

Charles Schultz is the most famous American cartoonist outside of Walt Disney. His commitment to his craft is legendary. His creations are internationally known and celebrated. There is hardly a man, woman, or child alive who hasn’t, at some point in their lives, experienced Charlie Brown and Snoopy in some way or another.

This is why I was so happy to discover today’s Thrift Store Find:

What’s Was Bugging Ol’ Pharaoh? by Charles M. Schutz, published by Pyramid Publications for Successful Living in January of 1972. I love the tagline at the time of of the book, awkwardly reminding everyone they should “feel good again with that Peanuts man!”

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chalkboard photo posts: the all comic strip edition

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , , , , , , , on September 18, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Only three drawings from this week: on Monday, we had off for Labor Day, and we were out of the classroom on Friday.


Today’s drawing goes in tandem with this lesson. I drew a comic about it a few years ago. It’s one of those lessons I always come back to. It’s quick, easy, and the results can hang on the walls of my classroom.

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thrift store finds: a parcel of peanuts paperbacks

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , on March 5, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

(Thrift Store Finds is a mostly-weekly “column” of sorts where I discuss some of the cool books I’ve happened upon in my neighborhood St. Vincent DePaul store. Please don’t mistake me for an expert on any of the books I am writing about… I’m just a fan of a bargain.)

I honestly do not have much to say about my collection of Peanuts mass-market paperbacks. This might come as a surprise to some who are accustomed to my writing upwards of a thousand words in a stretch about The Family Circus… but I don’t have a ton to add to what has already been said about Charles Schulz’ enduring comic creation.

Published by Fawcett-Crest, these are probably the paperbacks most familiar to readers of Thrift Store Finds. They were legion throughout the ’60’s, ’70’s, and ’80’s. The very helpful and wonderfully named AAUGH.com informs me that these are known as “half books”, as they collect half the content from a separate collection.

Beyond those facts, I couldn’t say what the hell is going on with the Peanuts paperbacks.

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sketchbook: what a blockhead

Posted in sketchbook with tags , , , , on October 31, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

Yes, Elliot ACTUALLY said this when we took him trick-or-treating. Ellen and I stared at one another blankly for a minute or two, getting ready to play a game of “Who’s the Bad Influence?” when we realized that Elliot wasn’t being malicious. He was just quoting Lucy Van Pelt. Lucy says this line on It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown when she’s out getting candy and Linus is in the pumpkin patch.

Chalkboard post later tonight, but for now: Happy Halloween!

day seventeen.

Posted in comics with tags , , on October 7, 2009 by Christopher Pearce

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Would that I could show you some of the comics they wrote; they were weird and funny and altogether terrific.

I was surprised at how many of the kids were unfamiliar with the Charlie Brown/Lucy relationship dynamic, which was ingrained in myself at a young age from reading the comics and watching all the holiday specials. I suppose that stuff isn’t as popular as it was in the 1980’s. I’m old.