A partial list of some of things to look for in BIG SCHOOL:
NOTABLE TEACHER ROOMS TO FIND:
Mr. Hand (played by the late, great Ray Walston in the 1982 classic Sean Penn vehicle, Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
Mr. Escalante (the inspirational teacher played by Edward James Olmos in the 1988 Stand and Deliver - based on the true story of high school math teacher Jaime Escalante)
Ms. Krabappel (Bart’s teacher in The Simpson’s voiced by the late, great Marcia Wallace
Ms. Honey (the teacher from Roald Dahl’s Matilda - on the chalkboard is an important message from scene in the book)
Bob Frossting (donut art/painting teacher inspired by my love of the late, great Bob Ross)
Principal Rooney (from John Hughes’ classic Ferris Beuller’s Day Off - Edward R. Rooney, Dean of Students played by Jeffrey Jones. I drew “Principal” on his door because I was too lazy to confirm the correct title while I was drawing and now it’s too late.)
Mr. Kotter (from the “seemed good when I was young” sitcom from the late 70’s Welcome Back, Kotter played by Gabe Kaplan)
RANDOM FUN STUFF:
Guess who’s playing in the theater? Penn & Teller’s ampersand ("&") logo is on the ticket taker booth, though only Teller’s famous goldfish to coin trick is set up in the stage.
It’s Mac Barnett week in the picture book section of the library (featuring many of his titles) - an amazing and prolific kids and young adult author. I had the pleasure of working with Mac on the McSweeney’s book, The Clock without a Face.
Speaking of the The Clock without a Face, find all four copies somewhere within the drawing (that aren’t stuck in a shelf). It's a distinctive shape so it won't be that hard.
Several references to my all-time favorite podcast, Tom Scharpling’s The Best Show, including but not limited to a few nods to Kern’s Country Day School (mentioned on the show) and on posters pinned to the upstairs office bulletin board.
lounge (that still features an 80’s bowling-alley style pull-handle mechanical KOOL cigarette vending machine) with confiscated treasures taken from students
Driver’s Ed simulator trailer from the 80’s-90’s
The stairway leading up to the lower office in the center bottom of the drawing would be impossible to use - the steps are way too narrow and weird
- II tried connecting all 3 of the fish so that the animals could traverse to each section at will but my brain exploded trying to figure out how to make it work spatially and I gave up
- When I was inking over the 26 donut letters, I mistook a Z for an N and had to redraw another Z. That's why there are two N's. Now you know.
- I'm sure I've made many more mistakes. If you find some, be sure to make your own list and keep it safe in your back pocket!