Comic Strips: The Beauty Of Their Dreams


 

The latest publication of the newsletter has been sent out and with it the last comic strip of 2016-17 ‘The Craziest Things’ along with it. The June comic strip is a culmination of the year’s drawings of the students in the graduating class at my school. Every month I create a comic strip with the students in the grade 5s in a situation that I have observed them doing. I sometimes take a little creative license but in many instances, what you see is what happened.

But like I said, the June comic is a culmination of the year and these children will be graduating to a new school to begin the daunting task of fitting into middle school. Yet for the last comic of the school year I like to create a scene with a farewell message or words of wisdom to the graduating class. You can see a few of the previous years in the comic section on my blog. One year the scene was a class photo, one was about different people you meet in your life and another was about shooting for the stars.
This year I went for the theme of the beauty in their dreams. Dreams are what drive many people; from the dream of getting that dream job to a family. Dreams help inspire and drive many people to do their best and never give up. I thought of an endless road that can allow your mind to wander. To help you dream of the endless possibilities one could experience. Therefore I placed the students on that road and wrote …

 

The future belongs to those who believe

in the beauty of their dreams.

Good Luck Class of 2017!

 

A quote from Eleanor Roosevelt. The future is for those who can believe in their dreams.

I hope you enjoy The Craziest Things: The Beauty Of Their Dreams.

Friday Two Cents: This Time Will Never Come Again


 

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Last week I had my convocation or formal graduation from teacher’s college. It was by far the largest ceremony I have ever been involved in. There appeared to be about 1000 graduates from the bachelors and masters program as well as the doctoral candidates. Looking over the mass of graduates and families and friends, I really had a sense of being overwhelmed. I had to stop myself once in a while and just take in the grand spectacle of the event.

After I meet up with my colleagues from my site and my family for a bunch of pictures. We took picture after picture, with friends and of course with family. I had the extra bonus of having my niece/god-daughter present to witness the entire event and of course take pictures with too.  

Yet after the entire event I had some time to think about what it all meant and what to do next. I am now a teacher and of course looking for a job is the top priority. But I see others in my class going for extra courses and looking to upgrade their qualifications. What do I want to do now that it is all over?

Well I am applying for a teaching position but I am going to take it one day at a time. I think that I am going to enjoy this sense of freedom from all that schoolwork and assignments. I have been taking course after course for over 3 years, summers included, and this entire experience has taught me one important lesson. I have to take time out for the number one person in my life, namely myself.  Yes I will probably take a few courses in a year or two, hopefully I will have a full-time teaching position to help guide my decisions for those upgrades. But for right now, it is time to stop and smell the roses. For this time in our lives will never come again and if you are not careful it will simply pass you by.  

Comic Strips: Change The World


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 The latest publication of ‘The Craziest Things’ has been seen sent out for all to see. The June comic strip is a culmination of the year’s drawings of the children in the graduating class at my school. Every month I create a comic strip with the children in the grade 5s in a situation that I have observed them doing. I sometimes I take a little creative license but in many instances, what you see is what happened.

 But like I said, the June comic is a culmination of the year and these children will be graduating to a new school to begin the daunting task of fitting into middle school. Yet for the last comic of the school year I like to create a scene with a farewell message or words of wisdom to the graduating class. You can see a few of them in the comic section on my blog. One was in a class photo style, the other about different people you meet in your life. Another was about shooting for the stars.

 This year I wanted to have an air of a Hollywood Red Carpet look to it. I took all the characters, as I drew them and placed them on the red carpet underneath a Marquee with a message.   The Hollywood movie premiere goes with the message I wrote to the graduating class. I wrote the message thinking of my own graduation from teachers college and what do I want to do now that I have my Bachelors of Education (B.Ed.). Reflecting on both graduations I wrote …

 

You’ve graduated and your diploma is a guarantee of this. You may think of it as the ticket to the next stage in your life. Yet, let me challenge you to think of it as your ticket

to change the world.

Good Luck and go get ‘em.

  We have earned our degree and I say to all my fellow graduates both in teacher’s college and the grade 5’s, you have your ticket, now go out and change the world.

 

I hope you enjoy The Craziest Things: Change The World.

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Comic Strips: Not an End but a New Beginning


I created these comics for the children at my school as a pleasant memory from their time us.  What made this comic more special is that once I sent out the newsletter, parents and the children in the school wanted this one because it had all of the children together.  They loved it so much that they asked to put the comic in the yearbook.

I was surprised and flattered so I sent them a copy and of course it was in the yearbook for the graduating class.  However, what happened next was even more humbling.  The children started coming up and asking me to sign their yearbook and the picture too.  Even children that were not in the comic wanted me to sign.

I had created something that made people truly happy.  I was not ready for this but it made me feel good to bring a bit of joy into their lives.  I guess that is what any artist can hope to ask for.

Enjoy!

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