Ryan Ly, a junior, said the students were attracted to the club because others in the school “don’t get it.”
The club has been meeting once a week for about five months, said Pearce. Earlier this week, there were about 20 students, some wearing capes, costumes and sunglasses, in Pearce’s classroom that is decorated with superhero action figures and chalk drawings.
Pearce teaches English and journalism. He has taught at MHS for six years. He and his wife, Ellen, moved from the East coast — where he taught for five years — because they wanted to be closer to her family and “put down roots.” They have three children: Elliot 6, Henry, 4, and Joan, 1 week.
From the time he was a little boy, Pearce has been drawn to comics. From “Peanuts” and “Calvin and Hobbes” to classic Marvel and DC heroes, his passion has followed him throughout his life and into the classroom, he said. He uses comics in his classroom to help tie classical literature elements into a more modern environment.
Pearce produces his own comics, too.
“Teachable Moments” is his online comic journal, which takes snippets from his daily experiences and allows him an outlet to work through his process and share his thoughts with other professionals.