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. 😀
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
While walking to class on campus, Henna notices a $20 bill with the words “I will pay for your college” on it. She reaches for it and it eludes her. She chases it only to find out that she has been baited by an mysterious organization that offers to give her a chance to win a full ride scholarship. The only thing is, they won’t tell her what she has to do to get it. Does Henna accept the challenge? Click here to read.
#1: “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.
#3: “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.
#2: “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.
#4: “Psycho Chick”
Cal’s loverboy ways landed him involuntarily tied to a bed and at the mercy of a jaded woman. But who is she? What did he do to her? And more importantly, what is she going to do to him?