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How YOU can help my classroom in the new school year…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 9, 2015 by Christopher Pearce

Hey gang!

As impossible as it seems, it’s nearly time to go back to the classroom for another school year! This new year will be an interesting one for me in that I’m starting a new job at a new school. I’m running the gamut of emotions about this change and hopeful my work in this new job will translate into some good comics over the next few months.

If you enjoy reading the comic on a daily basis or you’re just invested in helping students, here are some ways you can support my classroom:

1. I have an Amazon Wish List for my classroom. I try to curate a list of interesting, eye-catching books for my students as well as supplies I know they will need to succeed. I am in dire need of Post-It Notes for the upcoming semester.

2. I always try to have a DonorsChoose project or two going to freshen my classroom’s lending library. In particular, I have a project up that I would LOVE to have funded soon. Since I’m starting my new position, it’d be nice to have some brand new reading material for students… and I’m not going to lie, I’m sure my principal would notice if I had a project funded. I’ve already had four generous donors help out… I’m hoping this one goes the distance:)

3. You can buy stuff from my Etsy store! I have a variety of comic sketch covers available as well as a ‘zine bundle of the last year’s worth of teaching comics. I’m starting to hear from folks who very much enjoyed their bundles.

Finally, you can like, share, comment on and reblog my comics to heighten awareness of my work as a teacher.

As always, I thank readers out there for supporting me, the comic, and my classroom. New comics will (hopefully) begin in September but until then, please consider some of the links above. Thanks so much!

How you can help my classroom!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 8, 2015 by Christopher Pearce

…yes, YOU!

Hi everybody. I wasn’t planning on doing any more DonorsChoose projects this year, but Burlington Coat Factory recently opened a branch in our neck of the woods and they specifically requested teachers in the area put projects up for perusal.

I’m hoping that might mean a few funding dollars coming my students’ way… but I thought I’d ask readers here to take a look as well. If you enjoy my comics, the best way you can help me out right now is to support my classroom.

College Bound Students Need New Reading Opportunities

Biff! Bam! POW! Art Supplies for a Literary Comic Magazine!

If you ender the promo code SPARK on the payment screen if you donate, your donation will be doubled. This awesome match offer lasts through March 12.

I can also mention that I have a variety of supplies and books chosen on an Amazon Wish List – readers have been so supportive through that venue in the past few months, it’s a bit overwhelming.

At any rate, you have my thanks if you donate… or if you can’t, but you share this out with other people here on Tumblr or on other social media venues.

2011-2012 school year: investigative reporting

Posted in 2011-2012 school year with tags , , on March 19, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Forgot to tell you all about this: Today only, if you want to help my classroom out, go over to my DonorsChoose page today and make a donation. When you check out, use the code BLOOM and your donation will be doubled. Do it!

odds and ends

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

You may have noticed this week was the first in about a month and a half that did not zero in with laserlike focus on my journalism class. I decided to take a slight detour because of the abbreviated nature of the week and my excitement/depression over my mustache. Rest assured, we’ll be right back to where we left off this coming Monday.

I don’t pretend the comic strip has much momentum in regards to storytelling or content, but it may please some of you to know that I’m planning my first print edition this summer, to collect all the comics in this second half of the school year.

At any rate: onwards and upwards.


Quick reminder/plea: I’m a little under $300 dollars away from having this DonorsChoose project funded. If you’ve enjoyed the comic at all and are interested in helping my classroom out… well, now you have a way. Use the checkout code ZONKER and your donation will be matched. I only need to get about $15o dollars pledged to get all those cool new graphic novels for my students. Help if you can… there are only 3 days left!


Hastings seems mainly to traffic in books and movies, but they also sell a variety of video games and toys. I have a Wii and it doesn’t get played all that much. A lot of the male students and faculty at my school are obsessive about their video game playing but I never got the bug. I enjoy playing my old games quite a bit, but even when I got the Wii, I couldn’t quite get a grasp on any game made after 1997. Even those I do enjoy (New Super Mario Bros, Epic Mickey) are firmly rooted in the traditions of the earlier games I enjoyed.

Case in point, this past week I bought Batman: The Brave and the Bold from Hastings for like $8 bucks.

It’s a slick side-scolling, beat ’em up game like Double Dragon with some very nice animation and (as far as I’ve played, which isn’t far) some decent writing well in step with the cartoon on which its’ based. A more skilled video game player would likely scoff at my choice but I’m not looking for an immersive video game experience. I want something I can play for half an hour and then turn off.


From the “I Found This Unintentionally Funny” Department:

Bully, a new documentary from The Weinstein Company, focuses on the epidemic of bullying (of course it does). The movie was filmed in high schools across America and was designed in part to be used as a teaching tool for students of that age.

Bully has received an R rating from the MPAA for the excessive use of profanity captured by the documentary filmmakers. Let me be clear: the profanity used by young people in our middle and high schools is too excessive for the Motion Picture Association of America.

I find this to be absolutely instep with what I hear in my school’s hallways everyday. Kids feel freer about cussing today than I know I felt when I was in high school. Full confession: I was often made fun of by my friends for NOT cursing, as they found my restraint odd. I can stand outside my classroom on any given morning and hear “the F bomb” dropped at least half a dozen time in casual conversation…. and this is casual conversation in front of a supposed authority figure!

…at any rate, Harvey Weinstein is appealing the decision and I’m interested to see what becomes of of Bully.

odds and ends

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , on February 10, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Got a cool delivery in the mail yesterday afternoon:

A whole bunch of awesome art supplies for a comic project I’m gearing up for with my current and former students! I wanted to test the pens and markers, so I doodled this:

I don’t normally work with markers and I don’t really planning on doing so again, but I like they way they came out! I’m sure my students’ll dig them.


So hey, it’s my birthday today. I’m 31.

If you want to do something nice for my birthday, do what Garry Trudeau says: Kick a couple of bucks my classroom’s way. In fact… this comic book project is less than $300 dollars away from being funded. Don’t forget to use the checkout code “Zonker” and… jeez, I’d only need $150 dollars pledged! I have at least two millionaires who are regular readers, right?

Also, check out this interesting result of the above comic strip.

day fifteen. i swear, this actually happened.

Posted in comics with tags , on October 1, 2009 by Christopher Pearce


Thanks to the numerous donations of the folks who read this comic, my DonorsChoose proposal was filled this morning! I can’t express how grateful I am to everyone who chipped in; I guarantee that these books are going to be devoured by my students. I’m especially excited to get a couple of these comic books in my classroom… I have a great many students who need a leg up on their independent reading and I think these books are going to do the trick.

Now I’ve gotten a couple of e-mails from people who saw that the project was filled and wanted to donate. Firstly, I’d suggest that you go onto DonorsChoose and find another teacher’s worthy project to fund; there are hundreds of awesome and creative ideas out there that need help! However, if you would like to donate to my classroom specifically, I have another project waiting in the wings that I will let folks know about as soon as it goes live.