Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

June 3, 2009

“The key to being a comic book artist…

Filed under: Uncategorized — mrweis @ 10:29 pm

is to be fearless.”  Quite a profound statement, I thought, especially coming from a high school student.  Yesterday, as part of the events leading up to the BAM Summer Book Jam, our class was visited by Adele Moss and Leslie Bloomfield, Berkeley High students, and writers, illustrators, and publishers of their own comic book.  They explained to the students how, starting in 6th Grade, they began to create and self-publish their own comics and how they were able to get their comic called Hector the Collector carried at Berkeley’s own Comic Relief comic book store.  The two young authors/ artists then led the students through a brief activity about unleashing the creative process to create their own super heroes and super villains.

hector 4

You can check out their website here for biographies and more information about their work.

Coming back to the initial quote for a moment, I think it is an important statement about taking risks, especially in our creative endeavors.  As children grow up, risk-taking in the arts and writing is far too often squelched by fears of peer rejection.  It would serve us well as adults to model the daring creativity that we so often encourage our children to apply to their writing, art, acting and dancing.  So here is my challenge for everyone reading my blog (potentially a couple hundred a day now, although I’m not sure who they all are).  On one of those warm, lazy summer afternoons or evenings in the coming months, instead of clicking that remote over and over, instead of putting headphones on, and instead of hiding out in a movie theater, take a moment to be fearless and create something together with your child.  Over the summer I’m going to do my best to update the blog every once in a while with crafty and imaginative activity ideas.  I’m hoping to hear back from some of you through comments or email, to let me know what you are doing.  Maybe you could even send me a picture, scan or video, that I could help you share.  Just a thought, but one that I hope works out.


  1. Language Arts:  Finish final draft of first persuasive essay.
  2. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and turn in pink reading log.



  1. I am inspired! Thanks!

    Comment by Robin — June 4, 2009 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

  2. I love that Tate was exposed to successful comic book artists. Thanks for bringing them in! He now wants to take his comics in to Comic Relief to show them.

    Comment by Vicki Simon — June 4, 2009 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  3. It was such a pleasure to come to your class! I’m glad some inspiration has come from it and the kids were inspirational for me too!

    Comment by Adele Moss — January 23, 2010 @ 2:03 am | Reply

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