Archive for summer vacation

Summer journal comics: Mortality and the water slide

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , , , , on July 27, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


Hey look, a new comic.

Teachers have it easy in the summer…

Posted in 2014-2015 school year with tags , , , , , on June 23, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


Here’s a full size version of the comic Ohio Schools Magazine is running this month.

Teachers have it easy during summer vacation – Teachable Moments in Ohio Schools Magazine!

Posted in 2014-2015 school year with tags , , , , , , on June 22, 2015 by Christopher Pearce


Hey, I forgot to tell you all! Ohio Schools Magazine printed a brand new comic by yours truly in their Summer 2015 issue! I seriously don’t know how this slipped my mind. It’s all about how soft we teachers have it with summer vacation.

Previous to this issue, Ohio Schools had reprinted earlier material I’ve posted here on blog and my Tumblr; this is the first time I’ve created new content for them!


My copy got a little soaked in our mailbox but you can check out a hi-res version over on Ohio Education Association’s website here.

odds and ends: summer, buffy

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , on May 25, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

Finished! The 2011-2012 school year is in the books, folks… the history books. The history books that write about how school years end. Every year. Very boring, unnecessary history books that no one ever looks at.

Where was I? Oh yes, summer vacation. We’ve got some tentative plans for the next few weeks. Ellen and I may be taking the boys on a mini-vacation somewhere next week. I know we’ll be spending about two weeks in New York this July… or rather, a week or so in New York and then one week on the New Jersey shore. We have a couple of friends who are visiting Ohio in August.

Somewhere along the line, I made the command decision to spend a huge chunk of my summer working; I’m going to be teaching two reclamation courses for students at my school who did not pass the Ohio Graduation Test. I’ve taught the same class for the past three years and it’s a pretty good thing; the students who attend are VERY serious about getting finished with this test and we normally get a chance to do some good work.

Besides that? Yardwork, I guess- our fence is looking like garbage and I have to replace it. The battery on our electric lawnmower just broke, so that needs to be replaced. I’m going to paint the downstairs bathroom; it’s been adorned with the world’s ugliest wallpaper since we moved in three years ago.


Ellen and I embarked on another of our great summer TV marathons this week. You may remember two summers ago, Ellen fell in love with Veronica Mars. Last summer I became obsessed with Doctor Who. This year, after much cajoling, Ellen agreed to give Buffy the Vampire Slayer a try.

I figured this was a natural progression for Ellen. As I said, she already loves Veronica Mars, which takes a lot of its’ lead from the Buffy template. Ellen also loves Joss Whedon’s work on Firefly and Serenity. For my part, I’ve been a fan of B:TVS since the beginning and I’ve been looking for a reason to see if the show continues to hold up today.

So far, we’re on the fourth episode and the show has aged… decently. Of course, any television which wants to be a reference-dropping tastemaker is going to show some wear and tear when looked back on years later. In particular, one exchange from the first episode is unbelievably awful:

Cordelia: Well, you’ll be okay here. If you hang with me and mine, you’ll be accepted in no time. Of course, we do have to test your coolness factor. You’re from L.A., so you can skip the written, but let’s see. Vamp nail polish? 

Buffy Summers: Um, over? 

Cordelia: So over. James Spader? 

Buffy Summers: He needs to call me. 

…JAMES SPADER. Like… he was almost 40 years old in 1997. I’m not saying he wasn’t a good looking man, I’m just saying it’s a weird choice to use James Spader as your go-to “hunky guy” example when you’re establishing your protagonist.

Then again, Buffy does end up falling for Angel, an almost 300 year old vampire. Perhaps she just has a thing for older men?

(Expect more Buffy updates throughout the summer with my apologies in advance.)

2010-2011 school year: day eighty

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 21, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Of course, there’s even less time now. I think we’re at around nine weeks at this point? Jeez.

Phil appeared a couple of weeks ago, for those continuity nuts amongst you.