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Chalkboard Drawings: The “Halloween Countdown, Part V″ edition

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , , , , , on November 3, 2013 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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The last week of Halloween themed drawings yielded a visit to Halloweentown courtesy of The Nightmare Before Chrsitmas. This was, by far, the most popular single week of drawings I’ve done all year. Kids were jumping all over me to know when I was going to be drawing Jack Skellington on the board. I couldn’t bear to give the “Chris treatment” (beard and weird nose) that I usually pull on these chalk scribbles.

The number of moans and groans I got over Friday’s comic were pretty hilarious but I thought it ended up working out quite well from a cohesive standpoint.

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thrift store finds: batman (1989) novelization

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , , on October 30, 2010 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 was the last generation of kids for whom home video wasn’t a given. By the time I was in junior high, VHS had pretty well taken over the world, allowing even the most meager of homes the luxury of making it a Blockbuster night. Moreover, as home video rental stores began to get a foothold in towns and cities across the country, the window between a film appearing on the big screen and in your local video store narrowed considerably.

When I was a kid, however… this was not the case. If you wanted to see a movie, you saw it in the movie theaters. If you were lucky, a year or so later, it’d appear on HBO… and a year after that perhaps, on one of the Big Three TV networks. If you wanted to know more about that movie, you’d watch Entertainment Tonight. Many a Monday evening I remember spending glued to the television watching the ageless Mary Hart opine about weekend’s movie grosses.

There was no immediate gratification of a home video release. There was no Internet to sate a budding cinephile’s interest in the making of their favorite movies. It was catch-as-catch-can.

…and this is where movie novelizations picked up some slack.

When I was growing up and you wanted to re-experience that movie you loved so well, they were the only game in town. Novelizations were written retellings of your favorite flick, normally based on the screenplays of major motion pictures rather than the finished product that landed in movie theaters. Stemming from this fact, movie novelizations were often rife with “bonus scenes” and extra perspective on characters in a flick, simply by virtue of having to be written months before the actual movie was completed. After all, a film novelist couldn’t know which scenes in the shooting script would end up on the cutting room floor. As a reader and a movie fan, I always found this thrilling. For instance, I remember reading Alan Dean Foster’s novelization of Alien 3 and enjoying it MORE than I enjoyed the movie at the time.

I’m not sure movie novelizations serve much of a purpose in this day and age, when the Internet so readily caters to the whims of the cinematically obsessed… but I was vividly reminded of my my own obsession with novelizations this past weekend when trolling a New 2 You thrift store in Mason and discovering…

the novelization of the 1989 Batman movie by Craig Shaw Gardner.

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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.