Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2017 (Completed)

“Let’s let the old year die with a fond “good-bye” and our hopes as high as a kite.”

The above quote comes from the classic Christmas/holiday movie Holiday Inn. Bing Crosby sings Irving Berlin’s words beautifully, as he did with any lyrics that came his way. I don’t know how fond of a good-bye most of us will give to 2017; it has been a trying year, one many of us would rather forget, and I agree with those who are in that boat. But there are more than a few positives for me, so I leave this year with mixed feelings. Among them has been the growth of the comic, which leaves a great deal to look forward to in the coming year. (Keep an eye out in January for the opening our online store! Gonna have lots of fun stuff available!)

Regardless of what you made of 2017 in your mind, this comic grew stronger over the course of the year, and that would not have been possible without all of you reading and commenting and sharing the comic like you have. You guys have made this possible and made me want to keep going, and for that, I can never say thank you enough.

So, from all of us here at “Observations in Retail” to all of you around the world, let’s drink a toast to the close of 2017 and the bright start of a wonderful 2018! Here’s to all you wonderful people out there, you amazing comrades. Here’s to an amazing new year for all of you!

-The Retail Explorer

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.


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!