I’ve had the pleasure of spending the last six years teaching elementary kids - big and small - as a substitute teacher. People ask me why I sub. Sure, there are occasional headaches and sometimes it can be stressful. But the reason I do it is simple: The Kids! They make me laugh! They have no filter, and they always come up with an observation you would never hear from an adult. That’s why I get up every morning and go back for more, even if they do wipe me out sometimes.
And I make a comic about it! Mister G Kids is a daily webcomic that updates at midnight GMT. Who writes the jokes? The kids! I have collected years worth of authentic quotes from real students – incidental, off-handed throwaways to them, but to me they are gems – no Hollywood screenwriter could ever come up with this stuff! I plan to continue the regular publishing schedule through the summer and winter breaks.
I never portray a particular child’s real-life appearance in a comic. All the characters in my comics are hybrid fictionalizations of all the kids I’ve ever met. I always change the names and alter any quotes that would identify a real child in any way. Protecting the identity and safety of children at all times is my number one priority both inside and outside of the classroom.
If you like my style, please also check out the umbrella site from which this blog spun off -My Black Dad – a collaborative responsorial art blog with my friend Mike. You may also enjoy these other side-comic-projects in various states of development. If you’re a kid, please don’t visit the comics you know your parents wouldn’t want you to read!