Hear ye, hear ye!
I have an announcement to make regarding Perk at Work. After much thought, analysis, and self-reflection over multiple cups of coffee, I have decided to post one comic per week each Sunday.
Here’s what to expect:
1. The new format starts December 21, 2014.
2. The comic will be single-level format, like the Weekly Hidden Comic.
3. The comic will be in glorious RGB color which I will painstakingly adjust to CMYK for print (by “painstakingly” I mean I will push the button that does that).
4. There will only be one comic per week — that is, no hidden comic. For Patreon Patrons at the $5 level, I have something else for you. You’ll love it.
Why am I making this change? In short, I need to cut back on the amount of things I attempt to accomplish. Recently I gave a speech about minimalism. In it, mentioned two things that resonated within me yet I had not earnestly put into practice:
1. A quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupe: “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
2. The philosophy of “Inch wide, mile deep.” That is, doing less things but having a greater focus and deeper understanding of the things we do.
I am walking the path of minimalism. Or rather, I am embarking on that path since I’m only a few steps in. I’ll get there. And these are the steps I’ll need to take.
A side note: I will continue the writings since that is the direction I want to go. The writing is not nearly as time consuming as illustration. And, ultimately, that’s what this is all about — time.
As always, thank you for reading!
Work, by itself, is just a means of making money. The beauty of working is it allows us to interact with people — to meet and connect with a variety of folks. I have met some of my best friends through work. The workplace was an environment where we could learn about each other and build bonds.
Perk at Work is about our experiences as humans. Sure, at it’s core, it is about a lowly cafe worker who chats it up with his regular customers. But they are sharing moments of their lives together, learning and sharing bits of information and, hopefully, learning to care about each other. Is there any greater purpose in this life than to love and be loved? Well, maybe to get the perfect cup of coffee but we can do that while we talk.
Perk at Work Short Stories
Introductions Are In Order
It’s Perk’s first day on the job, only he’s the only one unaware of this fact. In this short story, you are introduced to Perk and the whole group. Find out how he got the job and what it was like for him to meet everyone for the first time.
- Completion 100%
Party of Two
Henna’s cute friend Nell invites Perk to her birthday party — a costume based shindig. Unbeknownst to Perk, Nell’s cat was fatally injured earlier that morning and the party is off. Perk arrives ready for a good time only to find out what happened. Undeterred, Perk suggests a smaller event, one made for two.
- Complete 100%
This Beautiful Life
It seems to Moxy that guys are interested in her only for her looks. To test this theory, she decides to dress down to the point of homliness to see how guys will react. In the process of her experiment, she meets a stranger who sheds a strange and refreshing light on her perspective.
Estimated completion date: January 21, 2015
- Completion 75%
Cal wakes up bound spread eagle on a bed in a room he doesn’t recognize. He has no recollection of why he is there and his “host” is a woman who wants to do him bodily harm as payback. But payback for what?
Estimated completion date: March 21, 2015
- Completion 35%
The Scholarship Test
While walking to class on campus, Henna notices a $20 bill with the words “I will pay for your schooling” on it. She reaches for it and it eludes her. She chases it only to find out that she has been baited by an eccentric reclusive billionaire who will only give her a full-ride scholarship if she passes a series of strange and possibly life-threatening tests. Does Henna accept the challenge?
Estimated completion date: June 21, 2015
- Completion 25%
What is Patreon?
“Patreon enables fans to give ongoing support to their favorite creators.” — Patreon.com
I have a vision of making my creativity and humor available to everyone, regardless of their income level. To do this, I must be funded in some way. Those of you who believe in my vision can support my cause and help me take Perk at Work to new heights and new audiences.
Here is a video showing how it works:
Some examples of Perk at Work Patron perks:
Each week a new “Behind the Comic” blogpost is published. This gives some insight into why the comic was made along with some disclosure of personal experience as well as research. It’s a candid behind-the-scenes look at the topic of the week with photos, videos, and/or whatever else went into the creation.
There are two weekly comics:
- The full-color comic posted on Thursdays for the public, and
- A black and white hidden strip that precedes the color comic posted on Tuesdays
The hidden strip is created primarily for print publications yet is aligned with the webcomic. This strip gives some insight into the color comic — an “inside joke” of sorts.