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not teaching comics: my wife is gorgeous

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 28, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

I thought I’d share some recent artwork featuring my gorgeous wife Ellen. Awhile back, I posted this painting

by Chuck Marshall that featured Ellen, Elliot and I. Chuck’s an artist that Ellen works with pretty regularly at her job managing Gallery 42 Fine Arts here in Mason. Well, a few weeks ago, Chuck decided to paint a picture of Ellen by herself, and I thought I’d share the result with you because… well, because of the title of this post. My wife is gorgeous.

Coincidentally, just last week I commissioned my own piece of Ellen artwork!

Sarah Glidden the cartoonist, most recently of the DC/Vertigo book How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, has been offering to do watercolor portraits over in here Etsy shop. Ellen and I were big fans of Sarah’s last book, so I had to take the opportunity to get a painting. I was planning on waiting until our anniversary this summer to show Ellen, but of course I couldn’t wait.

Anyhow, here’s the takeaway on today’s post: I married up.

lori & nick’s wedding: part two

Posted in comics, lori & nick's wedding with tags , , on June 22, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

These are the second half of the mini-comic I posted here yesterday.

During college, my friends and I were big fans of the 1984 film adaptation of The Outsiders. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, there are some seriously strange edits throughout that movie that made it fun to obsess over.

Lori also had a weird dance she would do whenever we played the Billy Joel song “Pressure”.

I think the first panel is self-explanatory, but the second needs a little clarification. When we were all in college, I was a cartoonist for Fredonia’s newspaper. Nick was a staff reporter for the paper and also contributed a one-panel comic that only occasionally veered into the realm of “making sense”. My impression was always that the comic page editor asked Nick to do something to fill those pages, which were always a little anemic. I knew I had to include a crossover panel in this comic. I am sure there were at least eight people who read this who were thrilled.

…and that’s that. I know this was probably pushing the limits of what people visit here for, as it has very little to do with teaching or my classroom… but I enjoyed drawing this little comic, so I was glad to share it!

not teaching comics: lori & nick dean’s wedding

Posted in comics, lori & nick's wedding with tags , on June 21, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

You’ll all have to wait an extra day to hear more about haikus. The family and I just got back from Western New York, where we went to the wedding of one of my friends from college. I decided to draw them an eight page mini-comic as a wedding present. I thought I’d post ’em up here over today and tomorrow.

They didn’t scan the best, but these comics were really fun to draw. It made me realize I’ve been drawing a LOT of desks and lockers over the past ten months. More tomorrow!

odds & ends: summer movie explosion

Posted in comics, commentary, sketchbook with tags , , , , , , , on June 11, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

The best part about summer vacation when I was a kid were the summer movies. A veritable glut of would-be blockbusters awaited me at the multiplex every weekend and for a good long while there, I went to see EVERYTHING that came out. The good, the bad, and the ugly… I was indifferent to quality so long as it was projected in a dark, air-conditioned theater and I could eat candy out of an oversized box.

I haven’t been very excited about summer movies this year, although I should preface that statement with the admission that having a 2 year old and a 6 month old at home really squashes any quick impulses I’ve had to jump up and go to the movies in the past few years. Going to the movies has gong from being something decided a half hour before the flick starts to a carefully orchestrated military exercise. SO many things have to be in place… we have to get a babysitter, we have to have the extra money, we have to make sure we’re gone RIGHT after Henry’s eaten, but not gone so long that he’s going to get hungry again. All the extra work sort of takes the fun out of it.

It doesn’t help that I’m painfully uninterested in this summer’s crop of would-be hits. I don’t care very much about Iron Man (although I liked the first one), I don’t care about Shrek (although oddly, I really enjoyed the second Shrek movie) and nothing else is really grabbing me. The only two movies that are must sees for me in theaters this summer are Toy Story 3 and on that’s probably on my list and nobody else’s… the Robert Rodriguez-produced sequel to the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie¬†Predator, aptly titled Predators.

What’s the point of all this rambling? I was doing some hard drive cleaning a few weeks ago and I stumbled across a couple of summer movie related comics and drawings that I thought I’d post. This first one was drawn in response to a reader asking me what my favorite summer movie ever is:

Again, that comic was tossed off in like an hour, but it was fun to draw. I was nutty for Tim Burton’s Batman movies.

This second one was, I think, a sketchbook page of a comic that I was faaaaaar to young to see when it came out in 1986, but was one of my favorite movies as a teenager:

I think I saw Aliens when it aired as a CBS Movie of the Week when I was in elementary school and it absolutely kicked my butt. The way some kids are about Star Wars, that’s how I was about Ellen Ripley. I bought the Dark Horse comics, I bought the Kenner Aliens toys where they mish-mashed aliens with other animals (Gorilla Alien! Bull Alien! Scorpion Alien!). I think you get a sense of why I’m looking forward to Predators so much now.

When Alien 3 came out in theaters, I can safely say I had never anticipated a movie more never… and have I been more disappointed by one. I was more disappointed by Alien 3 on my first viewing than I was in Star Wars: Episode One… that’s how serious I am.

I think Alien 3 had some stuff going for it, but that the writers and producers SEVERELY under-estimated how attached the majority of the movie-going public was to some of the ancillary characters from the second movie. The emotional connection to the characters fairly collapses the rest of the movie on itself. That’s just my two cents though.

a top ten of random thoughts

Posted in commentary with tags , , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

We’re in finals week here, which means lots of proctoring tests. Since I’m not drawing, I thought I’d take a second and post some random thoughts and links, very few of them teacher related. Proceed with caution.

1. My arm is feeling MUCH better, as is the rest of my doughy, unattractive body. I’m going to give drawing a go tonight and hop to be on track with posting new comics next week. Thanks to all for the kind words, comments, e-mails and the like.

2. I found this interview with writer Kelly O’Rourke on Halloween Fans that may be of interest to some readers here. You may remember her from this Thrift Store Finds entry I did a few weeks ago about the strange YA series based on John Carpenter’s seminal horror masterpiece. She sounds like a cool lady!

3. Also, I found out in that interview (and subsequent searches on eBay) that those Halloween novels go for a ridiculous amount of money on the secondary market. We’re talking like, $50 bucks per book! Of course, that price is contingent on being able to find someone who is willing to spend $50 bucks on a YA Halloween novel… but it sort of cracked me up that two books I found in my thrift store and paid less than a dollar for could potentially net me $100 dollars. I felt like I was on a low rent version of Antiques Roadshow!

4. Similar update: Remember when I wrote about The Superman Story a few weeks back? Well, it turns out that you can read the entire thing FOR FREE if you click over to Google Books here. It’s not the most enjoyable way to experience the book, but the scans are big and clear, and it’s a fun story.

5. Ellen and I finally took a tentative step into the early 2000’s by signing up for Netflix. I used to have a subscription myself, but when the DVDs started piling up for months at a time, it was cut from the budget. We’re enjoying the Watch Instantly feature of our subscription like crazy. In the past few weeks I’ve been taking in a lot of stand up comedy specials that I’ve been meaning to see for a long time… Ellen’s been re-watching TV shows she used to enjoy when she lived in England… and Elliot’s become obsessed with the PBS animated series Arthur.

6. Internet Pal Tyler Stafford just put out a great comic book! Dead Man’s Dream (and Other Stories) can be yours for the low, low price of $3.50. I just received my copy and it’s great. Tyler has this weird, techno-organic style that’s a joy to look at. See some samples and buy the book here.

7. Some other books I’m currently reading: Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by Tom Shales and J.A. Miller (This is a re-read, honestly… but such an amazing book), The Bachman Books by Stephen King (I’m currently in the middle of The Long Walk), The Tomb of Dracula Omnibus 2 (A $100 hardcover collection of the 1970’s Marvel series… goofy fun), and I am slowly making inroads with¬†The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly. Looking forward to the summer so I can perhaps finish one or two of these.

8. I’m not much of an online video game player, but like most people my age, I’ve become totally enraptured by Super Mario Bros. Crossover, wherein you can play through the original Super Mario Bros. with one of five classic Nintendo heroes including Mega Man, Simon Belmont, Link, Samus from Metroid, and the guy from Contra. If you recognized any of those characters, you would probably enjoy giving this game a looksee.

9. I recently discovered the WordPress feature which allows you to see the terms that people used to find my comic in a search engine and they’re weirdly fascinating to me. Things you’d expect are at the top of the list, terms like romeo and juliet comics, chris pearce comics, and other likely phrases… but then there’s just weird ones. Like, someone found this blog by doing a search for pretty horse pictures. I can only assume they found me because of this She-Ra painting I posted.

10. Oh wow, Disney and BOOM! Studios are doing a Darkwing Duck comic book! I’ve always thought that Disney’s leaving a lot of money on the table when it comes to the animated characters that comprised their Disney Afternoon block of programming in the Nineties. I was 10 years old in 1991 and fairly obsessed with Darkwing Duck, Talespin, and Ducktales, and they finally seem to have decided to cater to my nostalgia. BOOM! has a great track record with licensed characters (their Muppet Show comic book is easily one of the best comic series I’ve read in the past year) so I’m definitely going to give this a try!

not teaching comics: random drawing done in a meeting

Posted in commentary with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

A doodle I drew in a meeting that went late yesterday.

As any obsessive child of the 1980’s remembers, there were TWO Ghostbusters cartoons for us to enjoy. Most (including myself) preferred The Real Ghostbusters, a direct adaptation of the 1984 horror/comedy movie starring Bill Murray… however Filmation (the animation studio responsible for Fat Albert, He-Man, and She-Ra) also produced their version of Ghostbusters.

Filmation was able to do this in a roundabout fashion due to the fact that the name “Ghost Busters” originates from a live action TV series from the 1970’s starring Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch. As this cartoon was an adaptation of that live action show and NOT the movie, Filmation was able to capitalize on the success of Ghostbusters without paying for the rights to make a series out of the movie.

WOW! Confusing!

Anyhow, it was all the same to me and I watched both cartoons. While I preferred The Real Ghostbusters, I also enjoyed Filmation’s version, although it was very clearly done on the cheap. These Ghost Busters had a big gorilla that helped them bust ghosts… so I guess that was cool. Also, Filmation’s Ghostbusters had a pretty great theme song, as did most of Filmation’s properties:

not teaching comics: even more she-ra paintings!

Posted in commentary with tags , , on April 2, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

In the interest of taking something mildly amusing and ramming it into the ground, here are a couple of more She-Ra paint-by-water illustrations, courtesy of my son. Today is pretty horse heavy… so if you’re into horses, Happy Horse Friday.

This is Swift Wind, She-Ra’s magical flying horse… her Battle Cat, if you will. There’s another painting in the book of She-Ra riding a giant goose and I really wanted Elliot to paint that one but he much preferred Swifty here.

I chose Arrow, faithful horse to She-Ra’s only male friend, Bow.

I’ve already painted Bow before and I’ve said pretty much all that can be said about him over here, but I guess I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how painfully goofy he looks, jumping on his mighty steed.

Hey, this is probably a long shot, but I’m trying to locate a paint with water book for The Real Ghostbusters for Elliot. I don’t know that “teaching comics” and “people who collect and save old coloring books” are two interests that converge, but if anyone should happen to have that book lyin’ around, e-mail me!