Archive for peanuts

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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thrift store finds: upstate NY finds

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

A few weekends ago, my family and I went for a little trip to Western New York. We met up with my parents and sister in the hamlet of Fredonia. I went to college in Fredonia for my undergraduate studies and while I’ve been back visiting the town a few times since then, those visits coincided with either holiday weekends or the summer. This was my first trip back to my college while it was in full swing, and it was a very fun experience.

Ellen and I can’t go ANYWHERE without thrift store shopping and this trip was no different. On our first day in town, we ran across a church rummage sale and of course, I have some finds to share with you. Everything we found, we got for $2 dollars. Not $2 dollars each item… $2 dollars TOTAL. The rummage sale was having one of those “You give us two bucks, we’ll give you a bag and you fill it up.”

Keep in mind as well, MOST of our bag was filled with clothing and other Ellen-centric items. These are just my geeky items.

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odds and ends: my christmas decorations

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Seeing as it’s the last Friday before Christmas, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share with you some of my holiday decorations.

Please note the possessive pronoun “my” in the last sentence. While the family has many nutcrackers and ornaments that are shared throughout the house, the decorations I’m going to show you are emphatically mine. Indeed, I am sure Ellen is more than happy to let me take full responsibility for the following. Most of them are Christmas themed action figures I’ve collected over the years. There seemed to be a moment in time in the early ’00’s when EVERY Christmas special ever created received a high-quality line of toys. This was probably not a great idea, as evidenced by my admission that almost all of these were picked up at some kind of After-Christmas closeout sale for 75% off.

At any rate, you’ll find my collection behind the cut. If you’re a fan of 30 year old men blathering on about action figures, you’re in for a treat. Please enjoy and have a happy holiday!

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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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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.