Ah, this was a fun one to draw and colour. All 1980s/90s pastels.
It all came out of an idea to do a comic about Michael Gove as a teacher. I started thinking about what detention with him would be like. Which got me thinking about The Breakfast Club. Because I am nothing if not a child of pop culture, unable to relate to the real world without the filter of TV/film. That final voiceover essay started going round and round my head. With just a few changes, I could make that a fun teacher call-to-arms. Subverting the original intention of the monologue.
It ran the risk of being a little too reference heavy but I liked the concept and thought it worth taking a risk on losing people who haven't seen The Breakfast Club (if you're one of them, this is probably all you need).
One of my other concerns when I was drawing the tired, overworked teachers (as grown-up, dishevelled versions of The Breakfast Club kids) was that the "Teachers' Club" looked pretty white and unrepresentative. But by changing that, I might lose the clarity of a joke that's already relying on people picking up on 1980s film references. In the end, I erred on the side of joke clarity. I still can't decide if that was the right way to go but at the very least, it was a considered choice.