The cover of my activity book/packet for my students tomorrow. I didn’t have a lot of time so it’s not very pretty, but it is very helpful and made with lots of love.
My political proposal is that all of society be a school: that the social field be coeval with the space of learning. This means, of course, that there would be a series of spaces, remarkable places of learning, rather than one megainstitution. It could come about through a collaboration between those happiest with schools as we know them, and those who resist or refuse schooling, relatively or absolutely.
Alejandro de Acosta, from “That Teaching is Impossible” in Anarchist Pedagogies
Well, now I feel bullied. Yesterday, my students made notes, signs, disruptions to put out into the world. Things to suggest alternative narratives in the world, and to invite the viewer to momentarily inhabit that narrative, assuming they don’t reject it outright. This is one of them.
So, if you feel I’ve bullied you, there’s help for you!
MORBID DORK DAILY-5/20/13
ONE YEAR OF DAILY DIARY COMICS COMPLETED!
What a year…
A lot has changed since I started on this project- my drawing style, my ambitions, and most of all, my life. Jamie called me all the way from South Korea to remind me that the game has just begun and that it’s time to strike while the iron is hot. I can’t wait.
Strangely enough, the last comic of the first year of MD Dailies falls on my roommate Amanda’s graduation from Columbia, while the first MD Daily depicts my own graduation from Monmouth College. Full circle.
Thank you so much for sticking with me through this and taking time out of your tumbling lives to look at my comics. I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made in just under a year and extremely excited for whatever comes next.
Hope you stick around…
Thanks and love.
Alex Nall’s Morbid Dork diary comics just celebrated its first birthday! It’s been a nice thing to find in my Tumblr dashboard every day (or so). If you’re not following his work, you should: a thoughtful reflection on what it means to be a human, on how a life is lived.
Wrapping up issue 2. Way behind, but I should catch up this summer.
Today was just one of those really pleasant, enjoyable days with my students. We got a lot of work done, too: we worked on our impossible lesson plans, and worked on revising our field notes from our robot experiment.
Also, this is what happens when you give your camera to one of your students.
In a myth or a fairy tale, one doesn’t restore the kingdom by passivity, nor can it be done by force. It can’t be done by logic or thought. So how can it be done? Monsters and dangerous tasks seem to be part of it. Courage and terror and failure, or what seems like failure, and then hopelessness and the approach of death convincingly. The happy ending is hardly important, though we may be glad its there. The real joy is knowing that if you felt the trouble in the story, your kingdom isn’t dead.
Lynda Barry, in What It Is (page 54)
Here’s my whole story from the Free Comic Book Day anthology, Yeah Comics, Volume 2.
Here are a few things I think I’ve worked out from doing comics so far. They’re not rules or anything, but just stuff I’ve come to recognise as lessons for myself. Perhaps they’ll resonate with you, too.
1) Be OK with getting lost
I always had an idea of where I was going, an ambition or…