Hitting that point where I have so much to do that it feels like nothing is getting done. At least I didn’t shut down the government.
p.s. i deeply and unabashedly enjoyed this:
Isn’t teaching fun!
Teaching this semester has gotten off to a slightly rocky but also slightly hilarious start. These sketchbook doodles come to you via my attempts to work through the horrors I am inflicting on young-ish minds.
Any resemblance to actual classroom events and students, living or dead, is entirely coincidental and in any case distorted by my own burning sense of mortification (i’m pretty sure it wasn’t really THAT bad).
Bonus broke teacher joke: “Teachers deserve a lot of credit. Of course, if we paid them more, they wouldn’t need it.”
p.s. As I start teaching this year and face my own frustrations around budget cuts and lack of resources and support (much less my own classroom foibles), I am thinking of Philadelphia public schools facing absurd cuts, and children all over going back this fall to gutted school systems. So many students show up to our college classrooms woefully unprepared, or never get a chance to be there at all. Education must be a priority. Get involved!
Drew this list of the 39 melachot (categories of work forbidden on Shabbat) for a friend! I will hopefully be appearing in a Shabbat zine in the near future. Get psyched for the Sabbath, yidn. If you’re interested in the history and interpretation of these, the Torah Tots breakdown is good for babies like me.
I told folks who attended my workshop at the Chicago Zinefest that I would post my presentation on my blog for easy perusal, so here it is! Web-only viewers miss out on my witty banter and actual explanations, but…that’s cool. If you attended the workshop, feel free to comment with helpful suggestions or links to your work. Y’all were amazing, thank you so much!
My piece “Back in the Fold: On ‘A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel’” is up at the Los Angeles Review of Books! Go check it out if you’re interested, and say nice things about it so I get to read and write about more comics and sci-fi and YA lit. Or, I strongly encourage you to share, either here, over at the LARB site, or even via twitter (@jennabrager) either your memories of reading L’Engle, your reactions to the adaptation, or your aspirations to LARP the Murrays with me.
Just a quick comic page from my sketchbook, drawn late at night after I couldn’t think well enough to write anymore.
In case you, like many of my friends, are Canadian or otherwise not familiar with the East Coast of the United States, D.C. is an hour further south than Baltimore. Also, geography is not taught in most public schools.
Please support the entirely-independent magazine that I write for, so they can afford to pay me, so I can afford to buy things. It’s only 2 dollars a month and while the web content is entirely free, the actual magazine is beautiful. I drew a flow chart, which probably doesn’t actually explain why you should subscribe. But, subscribe!
Lately I’ve just been carrying around a watercolor set, sketchbook and a paintbrush and busting out sketchy little comics and doodles whenever I have a moment, not really about anything. My fingers are itching for when I have time to work on bigger things!
I’m also still blogging over at Lazy Femme, and am in the process of doodling these little “Dear Abby” heart author portraits. They aren’t very consistent so far, but I do like both of them.