Friday, July 10, 2020

(x, why?) Mini: Bathroom

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Like there isn't a Fortress of Solitude inside his Fortress of Solitude!

Long-time readers know that back in high school (a long time ago, in another century), I used to draw my own Stick comics, starring Super-Stick-Man. Those were scanned (poorly, really) a long time ago in this comic. However, you'll have to check out the Comic Genesis site for them.

Of course, if this actually is Super-Stick-Man, then this would be the Stickball-Bat-Cave. (Just read it. It'll make sense. Maybe.)

This is about as close as I get to "bathroom" humor.





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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

School Life #16: Three-Piece Suit

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Three months ago, I made a ^joke^ about ''three-piece suits''. I didn't think ''trikinis'' would become a thing.

Melissa's mask has an ice cream cone decal. It's from the stand where she works. Vanessa's obviously came with the suit. Sven and Vaughn just have generic masks that they probably wear whenever they leave the house, so they probably stay in their house playing video games. But, c'mon, it's summer. You have to sneak off and see your girlfriend, right?

Teen boys, overeager or under-confident. I remember which one I was. Both, but usually not at the same time.

I'm not sure where the story lines would have taken the characters over the past few months.

However, if I pursue this, the boys will likely have a growth spurt this summer. As long as it doesn't look dopey.





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Tuesday, July 07, 2020

First Round of Edits

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I'm just hooking up words and phrases and clauses so that that I don't have a bunch of short, choppy sentences with repetitive subjects and no transitions between paragraphs.

Or something like that.

It seems that Michele has been bitten by the writing bug while she spends so much time home in the apartment.





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Monday, July 06, 2020

Sub Talk

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If I understand the definition correctly, sub 3 is doing it, too.

I discovered what subtweeting was when I discovered a student of mine doing it while accusing me of doing it.

I couldn't complain. For one thing, she seemed to find it amusing. For another, a bunch of students found my twitter account and decided to follow me, mostly looking for "dirt" or any material with which to make fun in class. (I told them that I used the account to talk to other teachers and they'd all be bored.)

The one thing that did occur to me was that since they followed me, I knew what their account IDs were, and I could see who they followed and who followed them. The people who followed them were mostly others in the school. So I could see read their tweets and see what they really thought about me.

I only lurked. I didn't "like" or respond. And I certainnly didn't "stalk". The only two conversations I remember when some of them passed around my twitter handle, and made fun that I chose "mrburkemath" (Hey, it's branding. You know?), and another where a few complained about how difficult a test was, with one young lady complaining that she wouldn't have been able to finish it if another boy hadn't done it for her. (I don't remember that she passed.)

Most of them stopped following me within a few months. My tweets did, in fact, bore them. One or two, I think, still follow me, but I don't think their accounts are active any more. I think most of the students moved on to other platforms.





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Thursday, July 02, 2020

Unplanned Absence

I wasn't planning on taking a break from posting this week. It just turned out that way.

This past Sunday evening, I received the first round of edits on my anthology from my editor. That has required my attention. For one thing, my natural inclination would have been to join the previous two sentences using the conjunction "and". However, it seems that I overdo that a bit. Not my fault (Narrator: totally his fault), it's just the way I tend to talk, so I write that way.

Now, that's just one thing to look out for. There's other work that needs to be done. Writing is rewriting. And one of the stories definitely needs some rewriting.

I'm not editing the entire day. On the other hand, pretty much all the time in front of my PC is spent with these files. When I've reached a limit for the day, I'm too tired to start thinking about comics or any of my blogs.

So everything is in a little bit of a holding pattern for the moment.

By the way, did I mention that I have a flash fiction anthology coming out?

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Remote Learning VII: Last Day

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The whole remote process was a hairy situation for a while.

Is it over, or just paused? I can't say at this time. Summer school will be remote certainly, but there is no certainty about what fall brings.

As for the hair jokes, I was ready to give all the characters hair cuts this week even if I wasn't able to get one myself, because it was getting to be too much to draw too much of it. Thankfully, I was able to. I showed up Wednesday morning at 7:55 am, and by 8:05, there were three people waiting in the shop with two more waiting in a car out front. We all had the same idea.

The oddest part of this comic was trying to find a suitable font that was readable when small. I wasn't Courier or System, but neither would appear that small. And Arial just looked wrong. I guess I could've tried shrinking the text and touching it up, but I don't imagine that would be time well spent.

Summer vacation, on the other hand, I plan on being time well spent. At least, some of the time it will be.





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Thursday, June 25, 2020

School's Out

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But are those students or teachers?

Here in NYC, school ends at the end of the week, even though, for all intents and purposes ("intensive purposes" for those in some sectors of social media), it's been over for a while. And, I'm not referring to the fact that the school buildings themselves have shut down. School life changed after that, but it didn't end.

As for boredom, my brother-in-law brought my nephew over to use our pool yesterday (during "recess") while I was inside working. The little one was so bored while sitting in the sun, drying off, that he actually called his mother (working from home) to ask her what he could do. Seriously.

Another "building" comic, and it wasn't as quick to make as I imagined. Not that I thought it would be easy because I knew I'd want to put some detail into it. If I reuse these buildings, I'll add more.

House like these have popped up in my neighborhood for a few decades now, but really hit their stride, I think, about 15 years ago. (There were some legal changes that forced designs like this, and others that forced many of them into existence in a short span of time. Literally, nearly an entire block in my neighborhood was transformed into their dwellings in about a six-month period.) I thought them ugly back then, and lacking in character, but newer constructions tend to look worse. It take a while for aesthetically-pleasing to catch up with functional and legally-compliant.

Part of the reason the character of the neighborhood has to change, of course, is to comply with newer regulations. For the most part, this is a good thing. For example, homes now have better access, at least on ground floors. On the other hand, they have problems with parking. Most of these have room for one or two cars to park out front, but each other removes a couple of spaces of curbside parking. Basically, it's a wash, unless the resident with the spot doesn't own a car.

Anyway, I wasn't planning on complaining about construction. I just wanted to point out that rows of buildings like these aren't atypical around here. On the other hand, lots of kids inside them might be. I have no idea how big these units are, but they really can't be very big.





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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Coffee Temperature

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When the pot has been sitting there long enough -- and there's still some in it -- you can nuke it, or add ice.

And, of course, I'm not dumping coffee that I went out and paid to have prepared for me! (Unless it was swill to begin with.)





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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Fathers Day 2020

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I was going to make a joke that Grandpa couldn't make it up the ladder -- and then I realized that after 12 years, I've never drawn a ladder into the pool.

I checked on many of the "dad jokes" that I've posted on reddit, and I discovered that I all the ones that I can probably illustrate. Well, there was one more.

After that, it would be borrowing other people's dad jokes. But, really, don't they belong to the world? Well, probably not. But a lot of Dads think alike.





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Friday, June 19, 2020

Remote Viewing

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Kids! Where would Dads be without them? Well, they wouldn't be Dads, I guess.

The fact that I haven't used a "remote control" joke yet surprises me. But it's probably coming soon enough.

I've thought about this "exterior House" approach for a while. I've seen it done in other comics. It made sense here so I wouldn't have to invent a new character (i.e., Bibi's father).

In case I don't get to post a comic on Sunday, Happy Fathers Day! to all the Dads out there.





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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Combinations

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Math teachers! They're worse than kids!

And don't even tell him about the ready-made cominations on the back of the menu. That'll just confuse things more -- especially if there are options.

Assuming the problem on the left corresponds to the items on the menu, then there are 4032 different combinations that can be made. Assuming that Mike hates exactly half the appetizers and then skips ordering dessert, the number of combinations is reduced to 252, which, of course, is 1/16 of the original amount, or nearly a 94% reduction.

And the kids are actually easier. They're such picky eaters. They get the same thing every time, or pick one of maybe 3 or 4 things.





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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Online Engagement

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They always know more than they think they know because they have so many other tools in their kit if they look to use them.

I've been wanting to do something like this since the lockdown began. The question was how to do it. At one point, I thought about just using their houses, which would imply that they all lived on the same street, which maybe they do. And then I thought about gaming -- but that meant recreating that environment. It was a while before it occured to me that I only needed to create a sense of the environment, and not copy the world itself. As it is, the landscape for this comic was proably twice the size as what I used.

I tagged this as a "School Life" comic, even if it doesn't fit that format. But the time I was done, I knew I wasn't squeezing it down to the dimensions I usually use.

For what it's worth, I did want to have more story lines involving the students this scholatic year, even if I hadn't plotted out exactly what those stories would be. Whatever they might have been, everything had to be put on hold before being scrapped for this year.

Ironically -- and this may still come up -- the last time Daisy appeared, she was comfortable enough to make eye contact with someone. The next step would've been attempting to allow someone to hold her hand. And then the lockdown occured. Timing is everything.





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