School St. 17 & 18

Here they are, the latest School St. strips, a bit later than usual. These have actually been done for over a week, but I'm only just getting around to posting them because of work-related insanity. These are slightly more complex than usual, so I went with a four-panel layout, which was a nice change of pace. schoolst-017-beatles

Martin says I've started to channel Peanuts, which is about as big a compliment as I can imagine. My two giants of strip cartooning — and especially cartoons about childhood — are Peanuts' Charles Schultz and Bill Watterson, of Calvin and Hobbes fame. Love those guys!


Also, I've noticed I do a thing where I draw Martin — the teacher, the adult, the guy I know — fairly realistically, and the kids tend to be more stylized. I attribute this partly to the fact that I know Martin and he is a specific person who I know to look a certain way, whereas the kids are purely imagined and so I let my imagination run a bit with them. I think it also fits in with the idea that adults are generally more well-defined, too.