And the timelines converge!
Sorry Ben hasn’t been in this chapter yet. I want to reassure you all that he didn’t actually die in the holiday special.
Petunia has been swamped with so much client work that she can only spare two hours per week to meet with potential new clients. She will give advice to some of them on the spot. For others, with bigger problems, she will investigate their case in more detail. At least this is how she has been doing business since paranormal activity has increased substantially in the area!
I hope everyone is having a nice week so far. We didn’t get any of that widely anticipated snow here in Massachusetts. That’s probably a good thing because we usually get a lot of snow. I was very happy to not have to shovel or clean off my car this weekend. Still, I do like snow. If we get some, I’d like to do some snowshoeing or something.
Look at Ben’s little smirk. What a goofball. And not at all afraid, I guess? Ben’s been this way since they were kids. Petunia has always been very cautious and thoughtful, while Ben has always been impulsive and not at all worried about getting himself into trouble (especially if he thinks it will be funny). They’re both very used to supernatural stuff, so there’s that too. This is far from their first rodeo. Still, it probably wouldn’t hurt to be a little more cautious, Ben.
A special thanks goes out to a new Patreon supporter, “Sara A” – Thank you so much!
The story is really going to pick up now… Stay tuned.
Also, I just wanted to share a bit about my new Patreon goals. I’ve been cruisin’ at about $30-$40/month (in total donations) for a while now so I changed my donation page to reflect my new goals. If I can get to $50/month in total donations I will have all my art supplies funded, which would be great! I use a ton of pens and paper to make these comics. At $100/month I will also have all my hosting costs and administrative time covered, which would be amazing! That would mean I can make my comics and not feel like I’m eating into my own pocket money. Finally, if I were to reach $150/month I plan on purchasing a new scanner which I think will help the comic a lot! The printer/scanner I have now can only print one page at a time and the scanning sometimes crashes, especially when I try to do high resolution scans. OH, and the scans are usually pretty crappy so I have to go into Photoshop and spend time editing out weird marks on the page and all that 😛
Anyway, if you like the comic or know anyone who likes the comic, I’m not asking for much. I would love to feel like my work is valued and have some support to keep going at full strength. I also changed my donation levels to simply be $1/month or more. I don’t think it’s realistic to expect all of my readers to throw large bills at me every month, but a small tip from the people who care would go a long way. If all my monthly visitors donated $1 per month I would exceed all my goals by a LOT. That said, if you can’t donate, please keep reading. I appreciate all of you no matter what! I sometimes mention money but my real goal and dream is to have lots of people read and enjoy what I make. To those of you who do that already: thank you! 🙂
Here’s my Patreon page if you are interested in checking it out.
Okay, I probably shouldn’t admit this, because nobody would notice anyway, but I am bumming about a mistake I made. In this page, Ben is opening the front door and coming in on the right side of the door, BUT not FIVE pages ago Merrill comes in that same door from the left side. UGH. I had already inked half the panel before I realized that. It’s so easy to make little mistakes of this sort. Heck, I see inconsistencies in movies all the time. I decided not to worry about it because nobody would notice, but here I am telling all of you…
So many interviews, so little sanity left for Petunia. This page was a lot of fun to draw! I am hoping to experiment more with my pages and do some different techniques. For a while I have been playing it pretty safe with layouts, typography, etc. I’m all for unusual techniques in comics that I read, so why not?
Any thoughts about the interviews? Petunia is hiring an assistant. Work has been super busy for her in the past few months, so she’s finally decided to hire some help.
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!