comics

CLMOOC: Hopeful Explorations

Within the CLMOOC community, some of us are starting to chat about how to launch a collaborative project around the idea of “hope” as counter to the darkness of the world right now. A few of us are toying around with the theme in different ways (comic, above). More info to come later .. I […]

Comic: Revival, School or Circus?

I really appreciate that our principal worked to get our school a bunch of large tents for outside mask breaks and learning areas as we deal with social distancing. But the school grounds look strange with all of the tents.
Peace (breathe it in),
Kevin

Comic: All Those Protocols

School began yesterday with staff training, and two hours of protocols on staying safe with students and teachers in a building re-opening in a Pandemic was eye-opening and exhausting. Shout out to our school nursing staff, though, who are doing a phenomenal job with sharing information and guidance. I’ve been making comics since Spring about […]

Comic: The Insomnia of Teachers

The school year starts today, but the year begins with state-sanctioned 14 days of professional development before students begin (our school is doing a phased-in hybrid model). But this is when the sleep of teachers gets regularly disrupted, and the Pandemic makes it worse, of course. I’ve been making comics since Spring about the Pandemic […]

Shifting Perceptions of Educators in a Pandemic

This comic oversimplifies the sense I am getting in listening to our School Committee meetings, observing local social media postings of residents and local elected officials, and reading the news — but it does seem as if the goodwill towards that educators that came in the Spring when the Pandemic hit, and we working non-stop […]

Graphic Book Review: The Machine Never Blinks

From the prison thought experiment of the Panopticon (where every cell is visible to the guard) to today’s video street surveillance that uses face recognition algorithms, people have long and rightly worried about how to protect their privacy. In this graphic non-fiction book — The Machine Never Blinks: A Graphic History of Spying and Surveillance […]

Pandemic Comic: Pushing Back on the Opening

Our teachers’ union is beginning to push back on the Hybrid Plan adopted by our School Committee, and I’m not sure how it is going to get resolved.
This is part of the collection of Pandemic Comics that I started way back in March.
Peace (e…

Poem: Reading the Morning Newspaper

Advice From An Old School News Reader Read the paper backwards, from the funnies first to front page last so as to begin the ink with a laugh and end the reading with rage Note: My eyes go to the front page of our delivered morning newspaper (yep, we still get the local newspaper during […]

More Comics of the Pandemic

I continue to make comics about the intersections of teaching, parenting and the Pandemic. I wish there were more funny stuff to put into these … but funny seems a bit short in supply right now, replaced by anxiety and worry. These are now part of the collection of Pandemic Comics that I started way back […]

Book Review: Writing Redefined

I’ve long been exploring how we might expand notions of what writing is, and what composition is, for years, and so have many others, particularly those of us affiliated with the National Writing Project. More than ten years ago, a book I co-edited Teaching the New Writing centered on this topic. Shawna Coppola and I […]

Panels of Pandemic (a webcomic collection)

Making comics is one way I process the world. My collection of comics from the Pandemic, and teaching/learning during social distancing, is now up to 40 comics, and maybe still growing. Some are funnier and more insightful than others. With school nearly ending, I am taking a pause for now with the comic making. But […]

Political Comics: Views on a Wayward President

I don’t even harbor the thinking that a comic can put our country on a better path. Particularly a comic that I make. But it is one way I process the world. The challenge, I have found, is to try to project some insight, without getting too snarky. My political view on this president has […]

Panels of the Pandemic: Remember the Vets

We have an Old Soldiers’ Home about 15 minutes down the highway that has been decimated by the virus, with more than 80 veterans now killed by Covid19. All sorts of local, state and federal inquiries are happening over the reasons why this happened, but it clearly points to poor leadership at the facility, lack […]

Panels from the Pandemic: Strange Times (for Teachers)

I’m making, and have been making, webcomics about this time of Distance Learning and the Pandemic, and now and then, I will share out some of those panels from my collection. Most of these were already published on Twitter. This first comic — Strange Times — is about how the shift to home/teaching has affected […]

Slice of Life/SmallPoems Day 28 (generation pandemic)

(I am participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site.  Slice of Life is the idea of noticing the small moments. I have been a participant for many years and each year, I wonder if I will have the energy to write every day. This year, I am going […]

DigiDetox Comics 10: Design Aesthetics

Kevin’s Note: I signed up for a month-long Digital Detox project out of Middlebury College and enjoyed the email updates throughout January that got us thinking about our digital lives, and offered small steps and actions to take. I made comics about the concepts as a way to read deeper and think a little more […]

DigiDetox Comics 9: Terms of Service

Kevin’s Note: I signed up for a month-long Digital Detox project out of Middlebury College and enjoyed the email updates throughout January that got us thinking about our digital lives, and offered small steps and actions to take. I made comics about the concepts as a way to read deeper and think a little more […]