#1 By: Boing Boing, December 11th, 2013 12:51
#2 By: Christopher Waldrop, December 11th, 2013 13:09
When I was in second grade my teacher wrote a play about Darth Vader cutting off Santa's beard--the source of all Santa's magical powers--with his light saber. Luke Skywalker swoops in and saves the day by making Santa's deliveries in his X-Wing fighter.
Aside from calling it a Christmas play it was about as secular as could be. Little did we know then that we were on the vanguard of godless heathenism that would, decades later, threaten to destroy the country.
#3 By: Raybert, December 11th, 2013 13:15
Please tell me there is a video of this somewhere.
#4 By: PlutoniumX, December 11th, 2013 13:32
That play sounds better than the actual Star Wars Holiday Special...
#5 By: Víctor, December 11th, 2013 13:36
Can't wait to put on my new solstice sarong!
#6 By: Christopher Waldrop, December 11th, 2013 13:59
I wish there was, if only to capture R2-D2, who was the smallest girl in the class in a cardboard box covered with aluminum foil and wearing a Tupperware bowl on her head. On the other hand C-3PO (me, Halloween costume) missing his cue is thankfully lost.
This was before videocameras became commonplace. It was the Christmas after Star Wars came out, in fact, and our teacher wrote the play to prove how "with it" she was.
#7 By: Stefan Jones, December 11th, 2013 14:01
This strip is totally unrealistic, and unfair:
No on-air personality associated with Fox News would ever be caught dead taking public transportation.
#8 By: Jason Andresen, December 11th, 2013 14:26
I think you mean Communist Transportation.
#9 By: Raybert, December 12th, 2013 11:25
Wow. That was christmas 1978, then? Your teacher really was 'with it'.
And kids, we're talking about the first Star Wars movie. Which is part one.
#10 By: Christopher Waldrop, December 12th, 2013 12:13
Now I feel guilty for being sarcastic about the play being her way of showing us she was 'with it'. The truth is, while it was a fun break from our regular schoolwork, she was the sort of teacher who made the regular schoolwork fun. She made learning exciting. She also encouraged us to think critically. We had a lengthy discussion about what a "bad word" was, and whether words could be "bad", which was pretty heady stuff for kids our age.
I wish she were still around. This comic stuck a very deep nerve with me because I think she's the sort of teacher who would risk getting in trouble to call out the "War on Christmas" as the BS it is.
#11 By: J Petrille, December 13th, 2013 21:52
Tom, I mean Reuben, I mean Ken, I love your work. One (hopefully) constructive criticism: PLEASE handletter the strip. Using Photoshop or whatever for the lettering really takes away from the beauty. Just my opinion. Thanks.
#12 By: Boing Boing, December 16th, 2013 12:48
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