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Chalkboard drawings: The “Pixar” edition

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , , , , , , on February 1, 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.

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It’s Pixar Week… or at least, a few days of Pixar characters

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Chalkboard Drawings: The “All sea” edition

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , , , , , , , on September 8, 2013 by Christopher Pearce

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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.

Two things about this week’s chalk offerings:

1. Some kind-hearted philanthropist donated some supplies and books to my classroom last week. Included in this package was a set of Chalk Ink Wet Wipe Markers. They provide a bolder line and I seriously love them. I wanted to use them as much as possible this week, even while quickly becoming aware they weren’t great for coloring in large spaces.

2. The theme this week was “the ocean” because… I don’t know why. I guess it being a four day week (thanks to Labor Day here in America) had something to do with it but I couldn’t tell you why.  Continue reading

Thrift Store Finds: Roger Rabbit #1 (Disney Comics)

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , , on September 7, 2013 by Christopher Pearce

This week we’re looking at Roger Rabbit #1, published in June of 1990 by Disney Comics.

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Cover price was $1.50, I got it out of a longbox for two bits. No shave and a haircut, sadly.

Quite a lot of the detritus from my childhood looks all the poorer when I look at it as an adult, but Who Framed Roger Rabbit remains a very good film even on revisiting. It has a solid script with a great mystery element, top of the line special effects, and the gags remain, for the most part, funny.

I know I was in love with the flick as soon as I saw it in 1988 and I wanted to carry that love out of the theater. Luckily, Disney was ready to oblige, with a bunch of merchandise and junk in stories branded with Roger Rabbit, Baby Herman and all the other ‘Toons.

Disney would have obviously wanted a Roger Rabbit comic… but producing one seems to have meant dealing with a couple of logistical hurdles.

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thrift store finds: viewmaster and vm reels (part two!)

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

This is a continuation of last week’s Thrift Store Find. Go read that before you read this.

I wanted to write a little more about the collection of ViewMaster slides I bought but this presented a problem. I had no way to accurately capture pictures of these slides! I am sure there exists some means by which ViewMaster reels can be brought to the Internet, but I’m not aware of those processes. I had just about given up on the idea altogether when the thrift store fates intervened and I found this beauty at a rummage sale.

A View Master projector!

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odds and ends: break lamentations, wreck-it ralph, marvel book

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , , , on November 16, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Once upon a time, my school district had an INSANE Thanksgiving break. They would get (and please believe me, I’m not kidding here) A FULL WEEK OFF. As someone coming to the district from the East Coast, to me this amount of time off was something I couldn’t comprehend. A full week… I was used to two days for my Thanksgiving break: Thursday and Friday.

Sadly, I only experienced that joyful lunacy once – the schedule was amended the year after I joined Middletown City Schools. This was probably for the best. We’re so close to Winter Break anyhow, it doesn’t exactly help matters to serve up a week off three weeks before Midterms.

Still, I’m missing that nice chunk of time off right about now.

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As it has been unseasonably warm this November, Ellen and and I decided to load the boys up in the car and go to the drive-in movie theater this past weekend. We went to see Wreck-It Ralph.

It was an enjoyable movie. Watching Wreck-It Ralph, it’s fairly clear how much influence Pixar’s formula for their movies has had on Walt Disney Animation now that they are the dominant force in animated features. The flick straddled that line between having a lot of enjoyable in-jokes and being too overrun with winking nods and innuendo.

John C. Reilly does a fantastic job giving life to Ralph, but it makes me wish Disney had been a bit more adventurous with some of their other casting choices. Jane Lynch essentially does Sue Sylvester here as Sgt. Calhoun, the tough-as-nails title character from one of the video games. Ditto Jack McBrayer as Fix-It Felix Jr., the naive hero of Ralph’s arcade console.

The best part of the movie was Paperman, the short feature attached to our viewing of the film. A lovely, heartfelt ode to romance in modern times, it was a gorgeous piece of work and I recommend it even more highly than the feature itself.

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I’m currently reading Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe.

I’m scolding myself a little bit for the choice. I have a backlog of books I’ve been wanting to read for awhile and I let this one cut ahead of the line… even though I know a lot of the behind the scenes stories Howe purports to reveal here.

It’s an altogether interesting and readable history of the House of Ideas, very even-handed in its’ portrayals of both the good aspects of Marvel… and the sometimes deplorable actions of the company. Equal weight is given in the Stan Lee v. Jack Kirby debate (although you’d have to be an idiot not to side with Kirby) and I was surprised to find a wealth of information dealing with Marvel Comics in the 1990’s. Marvel’s “driven by the dollar” actions in the Nineties were instrumental in the economic downturn of the comics market and Howe doesn’t shy away from that fact.

chalkboard photo posts: homecoming spirit week!

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , , , , on October 9, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Yes, it’s that time of year. Homecoming is upon us and the five days leading up to Homecoming are awash in fun ways for students to show their spirit. For the most part, it’s an excuse for the kids to dress up in costumes and skip out on homework but it’s all in good fun. Here’s the run down. Monday was Twin Day:

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we’re goin’ to disney world!

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , on July 1, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

My family and I will be spending next week in the capitalistic, childlike wonderland that is Walt Disney World.

The last time I was at Disney World was back in 1993. In the eighteen years since that visit, surely there are now better things to do in Orlando than gawk at the the cars from the live action Flintstones movie, yes?

To that end, it hasn’t escaped my attention over the years that quite a few of you are connoisseurs of all things Disney. Some of you live near the House of Mouse, some of you have worked there… others are just regular visitors. I’m looking for any advice or tips for having a good time. We’re staying at the Saratoga Springs hotel from July 6th through to the 12th, and we’re going to have access to all the theme parks at WDW.

Is there anything we HAVE to do with Elliot and Henry? We’re familiar with most of the age-appropriate rides, but anything else special?

Any food we MUST sample?

After the kids go to bed, any suggestions for where to spend our nights? We are restricted to the Disney compound, but besides that, anything goes.

I’m open to any and all good advice and suggestions!