c06-p39 A Familiar Voice

A Familiar Voice

c06-p39 A Familiar Voice

Hey! Thanks for being patient with this update. The weekly posting schedule feels really good so far. This page was fun and effortless to draw, which is unusual because I was feeling so rushed and overworked before. I think this schedule will work much better. I hope you don’t mind.

Also, I started experimenting with watercolor paints! Can you notice? I used to use Prismacolor art markers for the kind of “wash” feel in my comics, but they are expensive and not super flexible. The watercolor washes are super fun to do. I like it a lot. I need to learn more about watercolor technique, but for now it works well as a simple grayscale wash.

Have a great weekend!

c05-p82 Thorough Introspection

Thorough Introspection

c05-p82 Thorough Introspection

I’m feeling quite thankful for this experience as I near the end of Part One of Paranormal Petunia. Thank you to everyone who reads this comic. I hope Part Two will be fun to read. I am excited for it.

c05-p67 Pushed

Pushed

c05-p67 Pushed

I’m not sure if there’s a lot of Petunia in me. I try to prevent my characters from becoming too much like anyone, especially myself. Still, I think it’s impossible not to add a little of yourself into your stories and characters.

When I outlined Petunia as a character a while ago some of her defining characteristics were: motivated, loyal, and serious. I guess I would also add romantic and damaged to that list now…

I really wonder how other people interpret these characters. I don’t think I’m really pushing a lot of their traits town your throat, am I? Someone told me once that they all seem pretty normal, despite the weird stuff going on. I suppose that’s good! I want them to be relatable, but I also don’t want them to be boring. Let me know if you have any feedback.

OH, and I really want to know what people think Petunia’s eye and hair colors are. I heard one interpretation and was very surprised. I guess that can happen when a comic is in black and white.

It Wouldn't Be Professional

It Wouldn’t Be Professional

It Wouldn't Be Professional

My first full-time job involved a lot of interviewing. It’s weird how much of interviewing seems to be based entirely on character/first-impressions. That makes getting a job pretty hard. I think that’s why so many people get jobs through nepotism. Otherwise, it’s a matter of getting your resume noticed, getting an interview, and then impressing the interviewer. At the end of the day, it’s about the character you present to them after all that. If you have the qualifications they need, if they think you will fit in with the team, and if you seem like a genuinely nice person, that’s probably what will get you the job. Maybe that’s just my experience. I don’t know!

I was always annoyed at the questions you are supposed to ask. More often than not, they’re the same questions you hear at every interview and the answers are always scripted. How are you supposed to choose someone based on questions that have such practiced (and sometimes dishonest) answers? I guess that’s why my fellow interviewers and I judged people based on their character and not as much on their answers. Of course, the answers can show character! However, it’s usually just the same answers you’ve heard a million times. Maybe that means it’s time for interviews to be more creative? That’s what I think.

This comic isn’t an example of an interview I have seen, but I do have a lot of weird interview stories. I remember applicants saying the oddest things. One time someone told me they got in the shower with one of their clients! It was to make them “more comfortable” I guess? They said it with such pride too. I didn’t know what to say. Other people used to say they had problems at home that might make them not able to come into work sometimes. The list goes on…

I hope you enjoy this page. More is coming soon!