May 4, 2014

"Ciao, professore."
Matthew Forsythe
Koyama Press, 2011
44 pages., B&W, paperback

A comic book about Matthew Forsythe's experience as a seventh grade teacher, Comics Class adresses his difficulties when his romantic perspective of the profession is confronted with the harsh reality of teaching eleven year olds.
The book is a collection of humor strips of relatively simple structure that are based on the author's ineptitude as a teacher and his difficult relationship with his students. 
Somewhat self deprecating and caricatural - much like Forsythe's drawing style, with a pinch of asian influences - the book is a light and easy read whose charm and fun derives very much from its main character - a deluded idealist who does not seem to learn the most important lesson - nobody cares.

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