Prologue: Page 8Nobody likes getting called on in class. ESPECIALLY when literally every single other person was raising their hand except you. Yet Mrs. Bridgman is a cruel mistress, so poor Louis has a date with the devil known as "performing in front of peers." He doesn't look like he's doing too hot at it yet, but maybe he'll perform better in next week's update...
Louis's classmate with the dark red hair and red nails (panels 7, 8, and 10) is a cameo of one of the characters from my short historical comic "L'Ordre de la Mouche", about historical ladies, cosmetic moles, and Morse code. You can read it by clicking on the Links section up above and going to my Facebook page. Of course, the character is a lot younger here, and there's also the TINY change that she's no longer a 1940s seafaring woman who's obsessed with makeup and gossip. But hey, that's just minor details, right?
School scenes are weirdly hard for me to draw because I was homeschooled for all of high school and haven't been in a proper classroom for quite a while. There are a lot of other great webcomics out there set in schools - my favorites being Gunnerkrigg Court and Bad Machinery, which are both excellent - but League of Fonts isn't one of them, so this is the only scene we'll have at Alfred Moss Charter!
Side note: ahhhh you like Gunnerkrigg too! :D Chapel and Gunnerkrigg have been my faves for the last several years!
And yes, I've been a fan of Gunnerkrigg for years and have hung out with its creator at comic conventions before. He even drew Chapel for me once, years ago - it was a huge surprise and sometimes I can't even believe it happened!
The teachers often wanted to seat me up front, but I had a good excuse: I was farsighted and sitting too close to the board made me uncomfortable (usually students would ask to be seated closer because they were nearsighted). If course, I tended to have good grades... when I cared enough,so even if I was always a source of potential trouble, I was not a constant source, and good grades can, to some degree, alleviate mischievous and sometimes disruptive (I asked pointed questions that often made the adults uncomfortable to answer, or simply ask things they didn't know HOW to answer).
Anyway, poor Louis. Still, learn to overcome your fears and fake confidence! You can do it!
The only time I was in a classroom with actual desks - my elementary school just had group tables, so everyone sat where they wanted - it was when I was an exchange student in Seville, Spain! I had to sit up in the front because it was the only space they had free, but I accidentally became the teacher's pet because I spoke both languages perfectly and I was good at art, English, and math. (Their math curriculum was a year behind what I was studying, so that was purely accidental).
Louis WILL learn to overcome his fears...in time, that is.