|My example for a project the fifth graders were doing|
|Teaching the third graders body parts|
And it got me thinking that while some people may remember Bob (Hi, Mom!), most people will not. So, here's the deal on Bob:
Bob was born while I was in third grade. I was bored during a test, waiting to turn it in, and I doodled him on the side of my paper. The only thing that has changed in his appearance over the years has been that I finally decided to make him slightly more proportional (He used to have a giant head and tiny everything else... much like a T-Rex). Drawing from my love of the Sunday Funnies (and the culture of my family, in which my uncle is a cartoonist), Bob made a career change when I reached middle school, and became a captain with Star Command, an outlet I used to express my frustration with my family's obsession with Star Trek. It turned out, however, that they found my sarcasm toward the show highly amusing, and I was horrified to realize how many details of it all had stuck with me. A couple of Bob's comics got published in the school literary magazine, but for anyone to admit enjoying them would be to admit getting the Star Trek / Star Wars references and risk uncoolness, so I stopped drawing them. In fact, I took almost a complete hiatus from Bob for about a decade, until he showed up in my classroom.
I started missing Bob, Star Command, and his friends this week, so I decided to revive Bob. Maybe it will just be for this week, maybe it will be a continuing thing. We'll see. Luckily, I'm now an adult and not quite as worried about being cool, so I'm completely unashamed to present you with The Return of Captain Bob: