MR. FITZ ALSO HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE NOW: Check out Mr. Fitz Teacher Strips, and Like it!
THE FIRST EVER MR. FITZ COMICS COLLECTION HAS ARRIVED!
THE NEW SCHOLASTIC BOOK IS ALSO AVAILABLE!
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PORTENTS HAS ARRIVED! WRITTEN BY DAVID FINKLE AND HIS SON CHRISTOPHER, IT'S A YOUNG ADULT FANTASY NOVEL THAT ASKS THE QUESION, WHAT DO BIGFOOT, ELVIS, AREA 51, AND THE PIRATE TREASURE AT OAK ISLAND ALL HAVE IN COMMON WITH THOSE SOCKS THAT GO MISSING IN YOUR DRYER? A LOT IT TURNS OUT! CHECK OUT THE LINK TO BUY THE BOOK: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/portents/7256380 (If the link doesn't work, copy and paste the address into the address bar above!)
MY BOOK FOR SCH0LASTIC, WRITING EXTRAORDINARY ESSAYS IS NOW AVAILABLE! YOU CAN ORDER IT AT AMAZON.COM AND AT TARGET. COM!, AS WELL AS BARNESANDNOBLE.COM AND OTHER BOOK OUTLETS! SPREAD THE WORD! AND I'M AT WORK ON BOOK NUMBER TWO FOR SCHOLASTIC!
A TASTE OF MR. FITZ
It is such a pleasure and joy to read your comic strip! We are in the midst of our FCAT testing at our school this week which is MOST stressful! Your comic strip has become a treasure beacon of light at the end of what seems like a never ending tunnel of testing! Your comic strip provides us with so many situations we can identify with as teachers! Some of those moments only other teachers can appreciate the humor with! Thanks SOOOO much for your comic strip!
-Marlene Marlene A. Bozeman, Teacher
"Thanks so much for your comic strip. You pack more insight into four little boxes than the NEA packs in its entire magazine." -Kathy Alford, teacher
"Thank you ... for your comic strip, "Mr. Fitz." What a special way to promote reading and learning and to communicate with the community!"
-First Lady Laura Bush
"As a fellow teacher, let me tell you how much I enjoy your strip. Any teacher in the world could relate to the comments and the situations that you share. You give insight into what it is really like to be a teacher..." -Jeff Limber, teacher
"'Mr. Fitz' lights up my day!" -Jennifer Houdeshell, teacher
"'Excellent' is one of the adjectives that comes to mind in describing your work." -Kitty Miller
I SENT THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES STRIPS TO RAY BRADBURY HIMSELF, AND GOT THE A REPLY BY EMAIL!
I appreciate your sending on copies of your delightful Mr. Fitz. I especially like the one where you did all the characters and the variations of attitudes in The Martian Chronicles. I deeply appreciate this and send my best wishes to you. God Bless, -- Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury Enterprises
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Mr. Fitz makes three guest appearances in David Finkle's first novel, Making My Escape, now available at maydavenportpublishers.com, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com. Closer to home, The Muse Bookshop and The Family Bookstore in DeLand, Florida are selling "Making My Escape"!
Above: the first Mr. Fitz strip from March 28, 2000. I'm thinking my drawing has improved some.
MR. FITZ 101: Teacher Humor
Plenty of comic strips have looked at school through the eyes of students. After all, in the past students were the oppressed comic heroes under the thumb of the oppressive teachers. Well, as a teacher, I think that things have changed. I think teachers are now the comic heroes under the multiple thumbs of politicians, administrators, a fair number of - um, "assertive" students, and an equal number of "assertive" parents. But in the midst of it all, most of the kids are still good, and most of the teachers out there are doing their level best to reach students who are fighting tooth and claw to not to be educated.
This comic strip, which has been running in the Daytona-Beach News-Journal since March of 2000, tries to take a humorous look at the teacher's point of view. It is not just for teachers however, any more than "Beetle Bailey" is just for army personnel, or "Dilbert" for office drones. For anyone who has ever been a student, raised a student, or even lived in the same neighborhood as a school, "Mr. Fitz" will be, I hope, amusing. For those of you in teaching, I hope it is therapeutic laughter--writing the strip is therapy for me.
For more teacher and other humor, try ha-life: http://halife.com/links/humor.html
For my Bram Stoker Award Winning friend Steve Burt, author of the Odd Lot books, visit http://www.burtcreations.com/welcome.html
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