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In case you’re not sure what the reference to “Starfire’s redesigned costume” is in panel 2, Starfire is a character from the television series Teen Titans! The costume Chapel’s wearing is Starfire’s costume from the TV show version. I never watched Teen Titans, but I have friends who really looked up to Starfire and thought she was a great role model. Unfortunately, this year, Starfire was brought back as a character but with a skimpy costume and inappropriate backstory. It’s really sad to me to have good role models turned into something so different, which is why Chapel comments in Panel 2.

I really like the moral in this strip that “you are your own greatest hero.” You don’t have to try and mold yourself into other superheroes or role models in your life – although it is good to try and learn from your elders – but you should always remember that just by being yourself, you’re already a superhero!

Anyway, what do you guys think about this strip? Do you have any role models from childhood, like Starfire, that were later changed into something you didn’t look up to any more? Do you agree with Chapel that she’s “the only superhero she needs to be”? Let me know below!
Chapel is her own superhero, you're right. I think I have inspiration for my next Halloween costume . . .
ilovepie81 3/6/13
Oh my gosh! If you dressed up as Chapel, that would be AMAZING.
 Emma  3/8/13
Chapel has the best sidekick ever! Rupert in awesome!
Clockwork Wombat 9/18/12
It's true -- Rupert IS awesome!!
 Emma  10/30/12
Teen Titans FTW!!!! I LOVE TEEN TITANS!!! Sadly, BT Vision doesn't have it on.. and i can't get Cartoon Network... :(
Haisen 8/9/12
Oh, that's a shame! I haven't seen as much of Teen Titans as I should, but I have some friends who ADORE it!
 Emma  10/30/12
A lot of the comics were really good, too.
Jay? 5/29/13
You could watch it on the Internet
Fox 11/26/12
Hey, would you look at that. It is almost friday again. I may be mistaken, but I recall seeing a Doctor Who comic once. <- in reference to saying that these are only comic book characters and therefore there could not be a Doctor Who costume (but even if I am right I don't think it should really count)
blaidd gwael 6/28/12
There was a Doctor Who comic a while back! In fact, a lot of readers came from that comic. I'm glad you remember!
 Emma  7/22/12
(Sorry people had to do that)
Ginny Weasley fan 6/24/12
 Emma  3/8/13
Really? I got out June 7!
Ellie 6/24/12
I think kids these days get too much time out of school. we all should follow Japan's school year pattern and make the school year longer and make them go to school on Sat as well.

the kids have it way too easy compaired to what i had to go though.
Dr Taxil Necrobane 6/24/12
School can be very hard for some people. I am in fact a teacher. I know the situations for some kids at home. They can not be stressed out more than they already are. Some people just understand things better. I would appreciate if you keep that opinion to yourself on a website that a bunch of kids comment on. The children who are working very hard to keep up in school may be insulted or discouraged that they are not doing good enough to you. And to me, it sounds like they aren't doing good enough for you. Just remember one thing, Dr Taxil Necrobane, not all kids have it as easy as you do. These kids need time out of school to relax and not be stressed out.
Liz Brobane 6/28/12
I speak my mind and what i say about myself and my actions are the truth. the Kids here need to hear them unfiltered. They can not be protected and wrapped up in bubble wrap forever. (now popping bubble wrap can be amuseing and relaxing)

I know they are working hard, and i praise them when they do. Miss Emma EARNS my respect for her good work. Not many people EARN my respect Mrs Liz Brobane.

Let me enlighten you a bit Mrs Liz Brobane. I NEVER had it easy when i was young. My family was dead broke when they moved into my home town, and i grew up in the lower middle class. When i was a tween, i was doing lawn work for my neighbors to earn pocket change and i was doing part time jobs after school though my high school days. my parents couldn't give me allowance, so i earned money for myself.

I maybe much older now, but i can look back at what i was and knew when i left high school and i compare it to the kids coming out of High school today. way to many of them are unfit to be hired even by me in my company i run. more and more of them are not being raised to become adjusted to handle the pressures of real life.

I want the best for all of the kids in here. I want them to grow up to be strong of character, mind, and work eithic. Many of them are showing that as i read their posts over time. The truth i see it is that i am not holding them back, nor can any one but themselves.

So please Mrs Liz Brobane, do not make assumptions of me and my intentions. you could very well be wrong.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 6/29/12
Ok guys. Ginny Weasly fan was just telling us that school was out for her. Don't turn this into a huge fight.
Kari J. 6/29/12
Alright, alright. I'll let it go.

I'm sorry if i sounded grumpy earlier. I am going on my 3rd year with out having a summer vacation (or ANY vacation for that matter), so i am a bit jealous of all you young kids having so much free time this summer. I have to work. ><
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 6/29/12
It's not that big a deal we all get that way sometimes for whatever reason.

I would however like to point out that, while I respect you and your position and the experience you base it on, more school isn't exactly a solution, but neither is less or even the same.

The biggest problem with education is that every person is different and in order to get people to actually learn you essentially need to get them to enjoy it. Not to say that teachers should be entertainers, but, if you try to force someone to learn, it takes a lot more effort to get them to understand even the most basic concepts than if they wanted to learn it themselves.

Getting a single person to enjoy learning in a one-on-one situation is hard enough, let alone the 30-40 students teachers are generally asked to deal with.

You can find plenty of articles on the internet about a guy and his website called khan academy (khanacademy (dot) org). Look at the teachers using it in the classroom as a supplement to their teaching. Many of them are not using more time and yet they have students in elementary school beginning to master elements of calculus.

Maybe you can already tell from my arguments and perhaps some of the examples I bring up, but I will be the first to admit that I do not have vast experience to back my opinions up. I speak mostly of what I have seen of the american school system in california during my 12 years in school here ( yeah I just graduated from high school :) ) and what little bit I have read of other school systems. I can, however, say that, from what I can tell and from what I HAVE seen of this school system and others, the school systems are as near as I can tell fundamentally flawed and I don’t really see a way to fix it. More time might help and students would certainly learn more, but I don’t think that it is the core of the issue nor do I think that it is the best solution to the problem. I think it is sort of like attempting to cure the symptoms as opposed to treating the disease, but sometimes that is all you can do.
blaidd gwael 7/1/12
Miss Blaidd Gwael, I do have family members who are also school teachers (as well as friends and such) who are teachers them selves with over 30 years working at it. i learn from their expreinces as well. The U.S.'s public school system is so broken, it is not worth saving and should be scrapped and at minimal given back to the state's for them to run it as they see fit, not D.C. to call the shots.

I prefure the government to remove itself from the education system it self and let the free market do the job. pound for pound, privet schools perform a better job than public schools do.

I also look at the bottom line in how the U.S.A. rates with the other top 10 nations of the world. we are dropping in those ratings hard. we should look at what those other nations are doing right in teaching their kids and emulate it.

I have look at Japan's education system and i think we and see that they make the kids stay in classes longer and the results of the extra work speak for them selves. well, that and they really do get the parents involved in the children's education. that is also something we need as well.

i know there isn't a silver bullet for this problem, but any other options could well be better than what we have today.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 7/1/12
Well your first mistake is calling me miss :)

If we want to emulate other countries that have a better working education system, then perhaps we should look to countries like japan. I would like to point out that at least to my knowledge they generally assign less homework in japan. Which is perhaps a counter-balance to the extra hours in school.

We clearly both agree on at least some issues here and the differences are something to discuss another time and place. This does happen to be the comment section of Emma's webcomic and is not exactly a public forum for the discussion of any topic we happen to fancy.
blaidd gwael 7/1/12
My default setting is that (unless i know other wise) to address other women here at the comment section as "Miss". i do hope you are indeed a lady, your screen name is an odd one and I am making a guess. ^^;;;;
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 7/1/12
My screen name was chosen as a reference to doctor who and to be honest I don't even know how it would be pronounced or whether it carries any sort of gender association. I am, in fact, not a lady. :)
blaidd gwael 7/1/12
I will keep that in mind next time.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 7/2/12
Don't worry 'bout it. As long as I'm given a chance to set things straight I don't mind at all.
blaidd gwael 7/2/12
Sorry I don't know if anyone will read this but something I do want to mention is this: Yes Japan does do better than us in schools but there is a simple fact many don't get with the first. The suicide rate for these students is much higher than for ours. Those kids are under so much pressure that many crack and off themselves. And yes, this includes elementary students.

As a teacher and librarian I think we need to carefully analyze and research what works and doesn't work and what the results are beyond the test scores for the different systems out there. For the record, I am a fan of year round schooling. Had it for a bit as a kid and I forgot less, but still had the same number of days off as anyone else, they were just spread out.
JWRteach 7/2/12
You are absolutely correct and I don't think anyone here could fairly advocate a complete upheaval of any system in favor of another without dedicated research and thought on what makes for a better and/or a good system.

Year round schooling certainly has it's appeals although I think that, from the position of being a student who would then go through the system, I would most prefer shorter school days and less homework, but fewer days off that are more evenly distributed.

I know that it certainly would have been nice to have had a break between the couple days off we had in february and spring break even if it meant sacrificing another week of summer.
blaidd gwael 7/2/12
I'm reading your post. Agreed that japan and for that matter, most of the pacific asien nations have this problem. i think it's more due to the way they raise their kids (Tiger mom style) and outdated and nutty idea that their entire life revolves around test taking. way too much stress on those kids. thankfully we don't do that to our kids so they won't be stressed enough to off them selves.

i do agree with you about year around schooling. the concept of "summer vacation" is an antiquated left over when kids got out of school they headed back to the family farm and help growing the crops and such. we don't do that any more and as such don't need the block chunk of time off.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 7/3/12
And what exactly is this extra school time going to achieve?
Chief 6/29/12
you would be surprised in how much more the kids could learn that they are missing out on if they had more time to learn.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 6/29/12
Ur mean trying to make kids lose their weekend... :(
Haisen 8/9/12
I like the flying clothes in panel 3!!
Who here can't wait for Season 3?
I had a funny thought. Can anyone imagine Chapel as Sybil (with different hair?)
Ginny Weasley fan 6/23/12
I don't really have any role models right now. I might have to agree with Chapel on this one.
Ginny Weasley fan 6/23/12
Well what about Ginny Weasley? Is she a role model of yours? :D
 Emma  6/24/12
Ginny Weasley fan 6/24/12
*high fives while playing quiddotch trying to be Ginny*
*falls off of broom lamely*
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 6/25/12
TDRTDTDYYT *Quidditch!!!!
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 6/25/12
I don't watch downton abbey...
Miss L.S.P 6/23/12
Downton Abbey is great! It's a period drama which is currently airing (well, not right now, but Season 3 is soon). You should try watching it, it's AMAZING!
 Emma  6/24/12
Yes, aren't the flying clothes great? I'm very proud of how that turned out, I think it gives a great effect. And I'm glad you noticed the Downton Abbey poster, I loved sneaking that in! Chapel as Sybil would be hilarious, oh my gosh. Who's your favorite Downton character?
 Emma  6/24/12
Daisy. For sure. She's just so sweet and innocent.
Ginny Weasley fan 6/24/12
for a moment there, i swear i saw Dr. Who/ downton abbey cross over poster...
Dr Taxil Necrobane 6/24/12
Now that would be a cool crossover!
Marie 6/29/12
the fandoms would not be able to handle the awesomeness of those two if they did cross over.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 6/29/12
OHH, how inspirational!
Haha, seriously, awesome! Chapel's SO CUTE :3
Harry Potter PWNS ALL 6/22/12
I'm glad you like it! And yes, INSPIRATIONAL STRIPS! I think Chapel does a very good job of balancing humor with good lessons in this strip.
 Emma  6/24/12
Aw, how cute (and true!). I love Chapel's hair in the first 2 panels.

Emily14 6/22/12
Her hair looks GREAT, doesn't it? In panel 1, I styled it slightly after Wonder Woman's hairstyle, and in panel 2 I did the same with Starfire. Starfire naturally has the same color hair as Chapel, so it's a VERY close likeness.
 Emma  6/24/12
Wonder Woman! I guessed correct!
coco 6/22/12
That above was my comment, forgot to put the name...
coco 6/22/12
It's okay! You might not have been here when Emma said this, but if you forget to put your name, when you comment again it'll correct itself! I had to learn that...
Miss L.S.P 6/22/12
Oh! Woa! my names there now ;)
coco 6/23/12
arrg! forgot name again!
coco 6/23/12
It's okay! Just trust that it'll come back! :)
 Emma  6/24/12
Me too. It's kind of hard to remember, don't feel bad.
Ginny Weasley fan 6/23/12
I know! but it's good to know that you don't really have to worry about it!(^^)
Miss L.S.P 6/23/12
Yeah, my dad programmed it so it retroactively remembers you on your computer! Of course, that can be tricky if you get a friend to comment on your computer, because it'll correct your friend's name to yours...it's happened in the past!
 Emma  6/24/12
That's okay, I know what it is now!
 Emma  6/24/12
Yup, you did! Chapel as Wonder Woman looks great, right? I think it turned out very well!
 Emma  6/24/12
go wonder woman! I like her, but I prefer Marvel..... The Avengers was SUCH a good movie.... Also, there's this cute little comic called tiny titans, it's pretty cute!
Miss L.S.P 6/22/12
Oh gosh! Forgive me for saying the same thing twice! I feel silly.(^^)
Miss L.S.P 6/22/12
Oh, it's fine! I don't mind at all!
 Emma  6/24/12
I haven't seen the Avengers yet! I really need to see it! Also I'll look up tiny titans!
 Emma  6/24/12
go wonder woman! I like her, but I prefer Marvel..... The Avengers was SUCH a good movie....
Miss L.S.P 6/22/12
I love Wonder Woman! We need a movie of her!
 Emma  3/8/13
When are you going to have the chapel drawing contest?
Ellie 6/22/12
When did Chapel start having hands?
Ellie 6/22/12
I the comic strip "Zeal of Thrifting"... (^^)
Miss L.S.P 6/23/12
Yup, you're right! What a great memory you have!
 Emma  6/24/12
She started having hands a few months ago on the strip called "Zeal of Thrifting"!
 Emma  6/24/12
Soon, probably in the next week or so! I need to get some details worked out re: the prize and everything! I'll post about it here and on the Chapel facebook page when I announce it!
 Emma  6/24/12
Although i stopped reading DC, i am a geek enough to remember Starfire and her story. Starfire has been around for ages and i guess they let her grow up over the years. Kinda like how brintny spears was a wholesome entertainer once when she was young, but she grew up into ...um, into what she is today. (as politely as i can say it)
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 6/22/12
I'm glad you remember Starfire -- I was hoping sone of you would be fans! :D
 Emma  6/24/12
Well, DC Comics didn't change Starfire; she's always been like that, which is why it was progressive of them to actually turn her into a cool kid hero in the TV series. Didn't last long, of course, but nothing good ever does.
Ivo 6/22/12
i gave up on DC and Marvel years ago. to me they "Jumped the shark" ages ago and i can't bring myself to read them any more.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 6/22/12
Yes, but they made her even worse in the new installment...it's kind of sad, but that's how DC (and the other comics conglomerates) work. That's why I always try to suport independent comics...
 Emma  6/22/12
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