The Green Army Men Adventures: Day 13


‘I think it’s great when stories are dark and strange and weirdly personal.’ Robin Williams

‘The more ways you can tell a story and paint a picture, the better it is.’ Ninja

Enjoy Days 13 in the continuing tale of …

The Green Army Men Adventures”.

The Green Army Men Adventures: Day 12


‘Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.’ Steve Jobs

Enjoy  Day 12 in the continuing tale, of 

The Green Army Men Adventures”.

The Green Army Men Adventures: Day 11


‘The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.’

Albert Einstein

Enjoy  the Day 11 in the continuing tale, of

The Green Army Men Adventures”.

The Green Army Men Adventures: Day 10


‘In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Green Army Men Adventures: Day 8 & 9


‘Just keep taking chances and having fun.’ Garth Brooks

Enjoy  the next pages (Day 8 & 9) in the continuing tale, of “The Green Army Men Adventures”.

The Green Army Men Adventures: Day 7


‘Everything you can imagine is real’. Pablo Picasso

Please enjoy the next pages in the continuing tale, of “The Green Army Men Adventures”.

The Green Army Men Adventures: Day 6


Growing up I did not have much but I always had my Green Army Men; my army so to speak. So when the pandemic shutdown occurred I brought them out, organized them and then an idea came to me.  I would stage them in different situations around my home and post them to social media.  Something like ‘Elf on the Shelf’ for Christmas but in a protective capacity.  I put them into funny situations and themes to try and lift the mode of people and bring some joy during this difficult time.  The responses from people were positive and as the shutdown grew longer I began adding a story narrative.  

Eventually some suggested that I create a graphic novel out of all these photos.  I thought this a wonderful idea and so the “The Green Army Men Adventures” was born.  I did not want to simply use the photos and add speech bubbles, so I used photoshop, illustrator and indesign to alter the photos and create layouts similar to what you see in a comic book/graphic novel.  Adding text to bring the story to life was a whole new level of enjoyment.  I knew it would be a challenge but fun at the same time. 

Please enjoy the next pages, Day 6, in the continuing tale, of “The Green Army Men Adventures”.

Friday Two Cents: The Craziest Things: I Wonder


Being a supply teacher and an artist, I sometimes have the opportunity to combine my passions.  Creating my comic strip entitled The Craziest Things is one of them.  The genesis of this comic strip came from the situations I have observed from the students.  I thought it would be great to create a comic strip based on those situations and thus The Craziest Things was born.  

I use many different themes to inspire me to create the comic. Some include the difference in the generations or the use of technology in the classroom compared to their parents.  Yet, this month, I cannot ignore the situation that is enveloping the world at this moment: the Covid-19 pandemic.  

In many circles, I have been talking to teachers about how this isolation will affect the students, not only in the classroom setting, but as persons within society.  On many occasions, parents and teachers have discussed how the current generation of students show signs of entitlement and not being connected with life in general. I have often observed how the students take for granted the simple things, like going outside for recess.  I cannot tell you how many times I have heard students say that they would rather be indoors for recess instead of going outside, even on beautiful, sunny days.  

This pandemic has basically given the students what they wanted.  They are at home.  They can play games, video games, read, draw, and do anything and everything they want to except go to school, which many have said that they dislike.  But, as parents are pulling out their hair trying to engage them in school work and other activities at home, the students are not happy.  

Why is that? They got what they wanted.  They are inside playing and not doing any work, and there is no school.  Some are even riding their bikes now with the nicer weather.  So what is it? 

This reminds me of that proverb …

“Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” 

Yes, they got what they wanted.  Now the only question is, “What will they learn from this experience?

I wonder. 

I hope you enjoy June’s comic, The Craziest Things: I Wonder.

 

The Green Army Men Adventures: Day 5


Growing up I did not have much but I always had my Green Army Men; my army so to speak. So when the pandemic shutdown occurred I brought them out, organized them and then an idea came to me.  I would stage them in different situations around my home and post them to social media.  Something like ‘Elf on the Shelf’ for Christmas but in a protective capacity.  I put them into funny situations and themes to try and lift the mode of people and bring some joy during this difficult time.  The responses from people were positive and as the shutdown grew longer I began adding a story narrative.  

Eventually some suggested that I create a graphic novel out of all these photos.  I thought this a wonderful idea and so the “The Green Army Men Adventures” was born.  I did not want to simply use the photos and add speech bubbles, so I used photoshop, illustrator and indesign to alter the photos and create layouts similar to what you see in a comic book/graphic novel.  Adding text to bring the story to life was a whole new level of enjoyment.  I knew it would be a challenge but fun at the same time. 

Please enjoy the next pages, Day 5, in the continuing tale, of “The Green Army Men Adventures”.

The Green Army Men Adventures: Day 4


Growing up I did not have much but I always had my Green Army Men; my army so to speak. So when the pandemic shutdown occurred I brought them out, organized them and then an idea came to me.  I would stage them in different situations around my home and post them to social media.  Something like ‘Elf on the Shelf’ for Christmas but in a protective capacity.  I put them into funny situations and themes to try and lift the mode of people and bring some joy during this difficult time.  The responses from people were positive and as the shutdown grew longer I began adding a story narrative.  

Eventually some suggested that I create a graphic novel out of all these photos.  I thought this a wonderful idea and so the “The Green Army Men Adventures” was born.  I did not want to simply use the photos and add speech bubbles, so I used photoshop, illustrator and indesign to alter the photos and create layouts similar to what you see in a comic book/graphic novel.  Adding text to bring the story to life was a whole new level of enjoyment.  I knew it would be a challenge but fun at the same time. 

Please enjoy the next pages, Day 4, in the continuing tale, of “The Green Army Men Adventures”.

Day 04
Day 04
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