All this name-calling in the media — labeling people as bigots, racists, nazis, etc. — reminded me of this comic from back in 2009. I added some color to liven it up.
I’m also making my comics available for download in print version! You can download the black and white or color image below or from the original post. Use my comic in your publication, letter, operations manual, whatever. I don’t care where and I’m not asking for any money or license. All I ask is that you don’t alter the image, but why would anyone do that???
For many of us, we spend a great deal of time with the people we work with. The other day, I mentioned to a colleague that we may spend eight to ten hours with coworkers and only a few hours at home with the family.
That’s kind of crazy.
Or is it?
Sure, everyone is pretty much in agreement that family is important. And let’s all agree that too much work can cause a strain at home. (Disclosure: right now, my own immediate family is my dog Nugget. But she’s still family!)
But here’s a twist: what if our “family” was not just our family at home, but at work? What if we started seeing our coworkers as sisters and brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts? What if we accepted them as members of a sort of family?
I realize that the bonds of work aren’t as strong as blood bonds. If you’ve ever seen the BBC office, you may remember Tim’s comment about the people at work. Here it is, just for good measure. 👇
Now, continuing the theme of The Office (the American version) as an example, we can find a sense of family with those we work with. Imagine going to work with this work family. 👇
Too may of us don’t like to go to work. I get it. But think back to your school days. For me, school, in and of itself, was a series of classes. But my friends made everything better. They were my school family. Hopefully, you were equally blessed.
Why not see our coworkers as friends and family? Let’s get to know our coworkers. What do they love? What makes them tick? How can we relate to them and have a laugh every so often?
Just a tidbit about my workplace: the office I work in is nothing like The Office. But a few of us love The Office and have a laugh about certain episodes and scenes. It makes work fun. And, in a way, it makes my coworkers my family whom I am super grateful for.
Some of you are already on the BuJo bandwagon. Others, may be wondering what exactly it is. I’ll explain it for the second group.
BuJo is short for Bullet Journal. Basically, a Bullet Journal is a custom planner made by you to suit your needs using any notebook. It was created by Ryder Carroll. Here’s his video about how to create your own Bullet Journal.
It’s good to note that this is his method. It’s the foundation. But here’s the thing: people are taking the bones of his idea and creating some really cool stuff. Just search “bujo” in YouTube.
Let me get to why I love BuJo.
I’m a planner. I wasn’t always a planner. That got me into trouble, which is why I am now a planner. However, I could never find the perfect planner for my needs. Some had the right set up but the wrong spacing. Others had the right spacing but the wrong set up. Some were too bulky. Others… well, you get the idea. I felt like Goldilocks.
With BuJo, I can experiment with systems. I’m currently trying two types of calendars: a grid (like any regular calendar), and a linear system. I can also try different types of day systems. I can try a spread or, as I’m doing right now, a page a day. And here’s what I love most: if something works, I keep it. If it doesn’t, I scrap it and move forward.
In essence, the planner gets more customized each and every month!
Now, what do I personally use as my foundational notebook? I’ve found that the Arc system by Staples is the best thing ever.
It allows you to insert pages and remove pages without having that bulky 3-ring binder feel. You can buy different types of pages, dividers, stickies… all sorts of stuff.
And I’ve taken it to next though. I bought the punch so that I can make my own pages.
Nerdy? Yes. Efficient and effective? Absolutely!
If you’re a planner like me and you have yet to find the perfect planner, give the Bullet Journal a shot. Oh, and check out #bujo on Instagram for some inspiration.
And, just for the record, the pic up top of “Self-Control + Discipline” is something I drew onto my “Inspiration” page.
Not long ago, I mentioned that I was going to move operations to my other website. In all honesty, I didn’t like the move. This is my home and I’m back.
What will I do now that I’m back? All sorts of craziness!
As you may know, I’ve placed the comic on hiatus. It’s still there, and I have plenty of unpublished comics to post. But I plan on expressing myself more on this site; making the site for my passions to share…not just for the comic.
I can’t say for certain exactly which direction I will go, I have some ideas. Just off the cuff, here are some ideas I would like to share:
Making more money with work
Having more fun at work
Getting along with coworkers
Dealing with stress
Planning (I make that bold because it’s something I care deeply about)
Stay at home mom/dad (that’s work)
Tapping into your inner artist
Monetizing your work
Increasing web traffic
Coffee and coffee breaks
Drinks after work
As you can see, most of them involve dealing with work issues. It’s what Perk at Work really is all about…your perks at work!
I’m in the process of moving my website over to a new location. Well, not so much moving as replicating. I have a new website at http://jason-salas.com/ and my goal is to have ALL my stuff in one location.
I considered adding to this website but this one is Perk at Work specific. The other one is for me as a creator. It will not only have my Perk at Work stuff but also my In The Way stuff and a bunch of other stuff as well.
At this time, the new website is very much a work in progress. I’ll still be posting some comics on this site for a while until that one is up and running. I’m excited to see how this new chapter in my life unfolds.
I have a big announcement to make. I’ve been telling my friends and family before posting it here on my website. Without further ado, here it is…
I’m quitting cartooning.
When I’ve told folks, their first reaction is stunned surprise. “What?!” they say, “but that’s what you do!” Well, yes and no. And therein lies the reason for quitting. As much as I draw, I’m not really a cartoonist at heart. I’m a writer. The comics were a way venue for my writing. After all, comics have to be written before they’re drawn. Yet they’re time consuming.
(The pic above is of the character Handout Harry. He’s a writer who never really did anything with his writing.)
I’m doing this so that I can focus on my prose. After I finished my novel, I had an editor look at it. He said it was solid. Of course, I had some fixing to do but I didn’t mind that. In fact, I enjoyed the process, more so than drawing (I had been taking a break from drawing to focus on the novel).
Ultimately, my goal is to be a best-selling author. I love writing. I’ve got tons of writings just sitting in files on my computer which I haven’t released—why do so when I had the comic? Yet, I’ve sold more of my writings to publications than I have sold drawings. Cartooning was simply something I felt I had to do since I know how to draw. I don’t feel that way anymore.
So what does this mean for Perk at Work? Well, it’s not the end of the characters, that’s for sure. In fact, I’ll be using Perk and the gang in upcoming writings (Perk is the protagonist of my novel). But the comic strip…I won’t be continuing that, at least not anytime soon. We’ll see what the future holds.
As for right now, I feel so good I’ve made this decision. I’ve been trying to do too much for too long. This feels right.
One last thing: I’ll be spacing out the remaining comics to one per week, alternating between the “hidden” comics and the “vintage” comics. So I’ll still be around for a while. 😀