Question asked by @quranianiana
This is a great idea, and an awesome way of engaging students.
Though…urgh. I hate to be nitpicky like this, but I’m a little annoyed that the student who “doesn’t want to learn” is portrayed as being a person of colour, because that seems like a tired stereotype. YES, students of colour are often the ones who seem not as interested in class, but maybe that’s because education is so often Eurocentric and does not include people they identify with/can relate to? Maybe that’s because we talk about things that they don’t feel are relevant to their lives? Maybe that’s because too often, education indirectly serves to reinforce an us-vs-them set-up, a hierarchy of knowledge and systemic oppression? Just a thought.
Look, you’re asking good questions and I’m not arguing with what you’re putting out there. These are things we need to think about as educators. Hell, these are just things we need to address as a society, full stop.
I don’t know what to say about your concerns regarding my work except to point out I work in an inner-city school. I’ve worked in inner-city schools my entire teaching career, from Boston to Brooklyn to Cincinnati and the surrounding areas. I have made working in schools with diverse populations and economic challenges my passion and livelihood.
Over the course of the four years this version of my journal comic has run, I have tried incredibly hard to make sure POC are well represented as my students. It’s something I’ve been conscious of from Day One of taking on this project.
I’m sorry the stereotype you point out exists but I’m not going to whitewash my classroom in these strips to make it seem like it doesn’t. If readers are concerned about this issue, I highly recommend going back through my archives - I’ve been doing journal comics going on ten years and teaching comics for exclusively four years, posting them on Tumblr, Wordpress and originally on LiveJournal (remember that one?).
If you do that, you’re going to see so many strips where I struggle as an educator to build engaging lessons, where I spotlight the brilliant work of my kids, and yes… you’ll see place where I show the severe issues of teaching English Language arts in an urban environment, warts and all. I don’t expect people who read one of my comics to immediately go back and read a ton of my work… but if they’re going to be use to make some larger point about societal problems, I want to at least point those extensive archives out.
I think I wrote back to the person who asked this question but I can’t remember who it was. Suffice to say… I drew this comic.
I stand by the first panel: Season 5 is the best season of NuWho overall, but Ten is the better version of The Doctor. I don’t know if that’s a controversial position or not.
More Who stuff tomorrow.
Question asked by trazwolf
So, a couple of notes about this one. Obviously, I drew the comic well in advanced of the end of How I Met Your Mother and… yeah, while there’s something to be said for a group of creative people “sticking to their guns” insofar as the end of their show… hat last episode of HIMYM made me feel icky and it makes me feel ickier the more I think about it.
Secondly, well after drawing this comic, I realized something I want to come clean about: I accidentally ripped off the general structure of this strip from a very talented cartoonist named Melinda Boyce! It’s one of those thing where… I read the comic I linked there like three or four years ago. I forgot about it… and then ran across it again a few days after I drew this thing. It obviously stuck in my mind.
Her version of this strip is a muuuuuuuch better version of this kind of thing (obviously) and you all should follow her comics at bangsandbeard right now.
Finally, you’ll notice no Doctor Who on those screens, but I am wearing a DW tee shirt. If you’re a fan of the doctor, the next few days will be your cuppa.
Question asked by derrekcarriveau
I wish I had a better answer for this one, Derrek! I would be a horrible teacher abroad, I so like the creature comforts of home. Would that I were more adventurous.
Here’s a great picture of Ellen’s breast pump, drawn by Elliot. Note the green boob.
Yesterday I posted my Thrift Store Find of a copy of Robotman: The Untold Story. Robotman was sort of a soulless attempt at marketing toys and tee shirts to kids with seemingly no forethought on making the property something that would appeal to kids. It’s like they thought of the name “Robotman” first and then tried to figure everything else out afterward.
I found one of the Robotman & Friends cartoons on YouTube and man… if ever you wanted an idea about how NO ONE KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING, watch this thing. Firstly, it has no connection to the comic strip, so it’s not an adaptation. The tone is schizophrenic, with toneless songs, lots of hearts… and a weird jump into nightmare imagery by the end of the clip. It’s so strange and of its’ time.
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.
Cartoon Network week! I really miss Chowder and The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack… the latter especially. I know a lot of the creators on those shows have gone on to do great work in animation but jeez… Flapjack was the best, right?
Also, Steven Universe, man. Steven Universe.
This week, we’re going to look at Robotman: The Untold Story by Jim Meddick, published by Topper Books in 1986.
I paid a quarter for this bad boy and truth be told, I’ve been looking for some Robotman stuff to talk about here for quite awhile. Robotman plays a minor role in the genesis of Calvin & Hobbes, my favorite comic strip ever… but I’d never read the strip before stumbling across this collection. Click over and check it out!
Here’s the third go-around where I’ll be bragging on my students’ work on their Romeo & Juliet movie pitches. Students were asked to come up with a modern spin on the classic tale.
The first one is kinda cool… this group imagined a Pixar-quality animated film where the contents of a fridge come to life and play out the story of Romeo & Juliet. They played careful attention to the feud aspect of the Montagues and Capulets by casting Pepsi products as one family… and Coca-Cola products as the other.
The next one is another reworking of an already-exisiting property: Romance Time, an Adventure Time take on Romeo & Juliet featuring many of the characters from the popular animated series. Seeing as I’m a pretty big fan of AT myself, I heartily approved.
Finally, in close up here are some examples of casting for one of the projects. You can see the though process of some of my students and their conclusions.
I am not sure who asked this question! I’m sorry! I hope I answered it though.
It’s also pretty “funny” I’m posting this today, as my morning routine for Thursday was completely undermined by a cranky 4 week old, a 4 year old who decided he was afraid of the dark at 3 in the morning, and our cat playing with the door to our room. I have no idea how I’m going to get through work today…
Ellen and I sat for some portraits this afternoon.
Over the past two days, I mentioned in my comic that I had a strip I used to draw for my college newspaper. Here are a few examples of that comic, A Special Place in Hell.
The high concept was “your roommate in college is the devil” which I thought was a fairly universal thing to most people. I even thought I had a unique enough spin on it - while my comic did have the literal personification of The Devil as a character, over the three years the comic ran, it became pretty clear that The Devil was a wonderfully decent guy and the OTHER roommate (who was a stand-in for me) was the real jerk.
The comic seemed to work best when I was using it as a commentary about the artifice of comics (bringing in new characters to goose interest, “guest” artists from elementary school) and eventually that’s what killed it. The characters were able gag machines, but it became almost impossible to tell real stories with them.
Eventually I spun off the Hector character to a comic I did my senior year, The Weekly Grind, and that was a more successful experiment.
I wish I had drawn these comics a little smaller - compared to my strips now, they’re GIGANTIC and I can’t scan ‘em… but since I was talking about the strip, I thought I’d show a few examples.