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Chalkboard Drawings: The “X-Men” edition

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , , , , , , on February 2, 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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Sort of wending my way through the Marvel Universe, this was to be an X-Men week until a couple of things derailed it. Firstly, we had a snow day (or a cold day, or whatever) on Tuesday. Secondly, I decided to do a Super Bowl themed drawing on Friday… of a kind.

Most of my X-Men knowledge either comes from the mid 1990’s, either through the animated series on FOX or the cabinet arcade game (“WELCOME TO DIE!”)

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chalkboard post 2010 – #14

Posted in chalkboard drawings with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

I was going to do an all X-Men themed week until I realized that I didn’t know how any of the other X-Men look! I know how they looked back in the 1990’s when the cartoon was on TV… but I don’t have a clue now! I think I’m going to do a Fantastic Four themed week, starting tomorrow… they’re a bit more consistent in their fashion choices.

November 3oth is Mark Twain’s birthday.

I was falsely under the impression that CBS was airing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer this past Thursday. I was wrong.

I was kind of impressed that most of my students knew who this was. Of course, I suppose we’re not too far removed from a time when Cartoon Network showed old cartoons like Space Ghost… and true, most kids recognized him from Space Ghost: Coast to Coast… but still, with how quickly  pop culture moves these days, I wouldn’t have been surprised if he had been forgotten.

FREE IDEA: Hanna Barbera should do a new version of Space Ghost a la Batman: The Animated Series, where they treat the character seriously. I know Space Ghost was never all that serious, even in the ’60’s and ’70’s, but it’s SUCH a great Alex Toth designed costume. I’d love to see the character lavishly animated someday.

thrift store finds: planet x

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , on September 18, 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.)

In case you haven’t realized it by now, I’m a fan of kitschy stuff. The weirder and goofier, the better.

That being said, I pass up a LOT of kitsch on our weekly thrift store jaunts. Sure, I could have picked up that Gremlins-themed Christmas picture book titled “The Gift of the Mogwai” but after the initial guffaw that owning a crazy piece of pop culture ephemera… then what? What would I do with that book? Anything that you enjoy ironically has a very limited shelf life and I’m not looking to pad out my ramshackle collection with any more useless stuff. My garage is filled to the brim already, thanks much.

THAT BEING SAID…

When I found this paperback, I could not believe my eyes. I’m on record as not being much a fan of either Star Trek (in any incarnation) or The X-Men. They are two corners of geekdom with which I am altogether unfamiliar and in which I am uninterested to learn very much more than I already know. To me, Star Trek and X-Men seem like completely separate hubs of fandom that are best represented in this hastily drawn Venn diagram:

…and yet, Planet X, a Star Trek/X-Men novel, exists. Written by longtime Star Trek novelist Michael Jan Friedman, Planet X seems like an idea though of in a fever dream.

To me, this is the weirdest book I have ever seen. Who was the audience for this? Even people who can suspend their disbelief for one of these two franchises will surely be tested beyond the breaking point by being asked to smash them together haphazardly? Was there a vocal contingent of fandom that was crying out to learn who would win in a fight between Worf and Wolverine?

Someone pointed out to me that the genesis for this book might find its’ origins the fact that comic fanboys had cast Patrick Stewart as the perfect actor to play The X-Men’s leader, Professor X long before the X-Men movies were financially feasible. His nerd-cred was already quite large for playing Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Captain Jean Luc Picard. Perhaps that fact started the ball rolling toward making this insane idea a reality.. but even so, that premise doesn’t really ring true to me. I think Jon Hamm would make an awesome Captain America, but that doesn’t mean I expect to see a Mad Men/Avengers crossover anytime soon.

I don’t have any clever commentary beyond what I’ve said. I only just found this book; I had originally planned on writing about Archie this week. When I found this monster staring me in the face at the store and I couldn’t help but to share it. I may have to give it a read, if only to confirm Planet X’s place as the craziest find I’ve made in the thrift store up until this point in time. I should mention that Planet X is still in print, if you are so inclined.