Where Words and Pictures Party

Teaching Tip

Added on by Timothy O'Briant.

I've been pulling a lot of long nights and weeks at school.  There's a lot to do and never enough time to do it, but I'm still staying optimistic and trying to do the best job I can for my students.  I think a lot of that has to do with my commitment to keeping up with Public Education.

The comic keeps me reflective of my vocation.  It keeps me listening to my students.  It makes me focus on something funny every evening instead of the negative.  Comics as catharsis isn't a new idea by any means.  Art itself is often at its most poignant when it feels true and personal.

I pencilled and inked three issues of Public Education in under an hour and a half tonight.  I'm not sure if that's good or bad.  The pages are a touch looser, but I do think the cartooning is still solid enough.  I hope they did turn out as amusing as I feel they have.  I don't want to draw the strip poorly, but I'm hoping to capture the spirit of the classroom.

I'm sorry if this Comic Curve feels a little short, or light on process or advice, but I'm just really tired.  Thanks for reading.

-Jon O