Happy Thanksgiving 2017

So, I’ve decided to move all future holiday/special event comics to the blog, as opposed to being in the main storyline comic section for a number of obvious reasons.

Having said that, Happy Thanksgiving, comrades! For this year’s drawing, I ripped off took inspiration from Norman Rockwell’s classic piece. I’m definitely no Rockwell (or anywhere close), but I think the drawing turned out nicely. Nicely enough that I can go to sleep soundly tonight. Or maybe that’s the tryptophan? Who knows? Anyways…

Also, it’s the first time I’ve tried to work more in-depth with digital paint and effects, and it’s been rough. I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it and find a happy medium eventually, but until then, it’s gonna be a bumpy road. I’ll do my best to make it alright for y’all.

And that brings me to my final point. During this season of thanksgiving, among the many things I’m thankful for this year, y’all are right at the top. All of y’all. Every single one of you who’s read the comic and shared it and helped it grow. It’s been a slow process, but we’re getting there, and I have y’all to thank for it.

Anyways, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everyone, from myself and this sweet, dysfunctional little “Observations in Retail” family to yours.

Love,

The Retail Explorer

Happy Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017 (Completed)

Good news, everyone! We have a group costume this year!

Since some of these holidays have begun to coincide with our regular posting schedule, I’ve decided to move any of these special comics to the blog. Don’t worry; there will still be the regular story comic today as well. It should be an interesting interjection to the main storyline we’ve been following to now, but I’m going to stop now before I say too much.

Anyway, without further ado (and I know you’ve just been dying to see it), here’s this year’s Halloween comic! It’s a group costume this year, with a Futurama theme! I’m an enormous Futurama fan, so this seemed to fit in quite nicely (Pete does have his Fry tendencies). Beyond that, I tried some different things with it, and I’m actually pretty happy with how it turned out.

Anyway, y’all have a safe and fun Halloween, however you choose to spend it, and thanks, as always, for reading and enjoying and sharing the comic. All of y’all ghouls and goblins out there are just awesome. I hope you all know that, because it’s 100% true.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Looking Back on a Year

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This year has been a remarkable experience. Every single step has been a learning experience in some way. I’ve grown as much as my characters have. All of us have come a long way. So, I think we’ll keep this train going, and see where it takes us. Sound good to y’all?

Good. Glad you’re still on board, because I really want to thank all of you for reading and sharing this comic. It means the world to me that you are all enjoying this story. I know, at times, it veers away from the retail/service industry world, but that world is made up of the people we follow. They lead their own lives separate from their work spaces. They have dreams, longings, interests. They count the hours until they can leave the store and go home to enjoy anything else. So, those stories belong in this comic just as much as anything else, in my opinion (not that anyone else actually has an opinion that this is bad or shouldn’t be in the comic; I just felt some clarity was a positive).

I decided to celebrate this today, since the comic began in late August of last year, but I wasn’t entirely sure when due to a change in website template from blog to comic. Good job, me…not. So often it has felt like one stumble forward, two steps back in making this comic. I’m still finding my legs, but there has been great progress, I think. I hope to stretch my legs a little more in Year 2 and take more risks in the art. Or I might chicken out, and stick with my comfort zone. I dunno. We’ll see what happens.

I want to say a special thank you to the girlfriend, without whose help all of this would’ve been impossible, as well as to my family and friends for their support. They are my rocks.

Anyway, thank you all so much for reading and for taking this journey with me. From all of us here at Observations in Retail, thank you, and let’s have an even better second year!