Another slice-of-life comic from a job where the day-to-day grind was thin gruel, indeed.
Not much to comment on here. Dawn’s name plate in the first panel shows that she had gotten married by this point, changing her last name from “Latshaw” to “Rabb” (yeah, I’m a little pleased that I turned that into “Drabb”).
One thing to note in all these Cubicle Count strips is that, though BIOSIS was a database production company, there were no computers to be seen anywhere. I remember being stunned by this and wondering if it was an ominous sign. (Spoiler alert: it was.)
Here debuts Tracey Beck, who I to this day continue to count as a treasured friend. It’s funny to see how she’s drawn here; she doesn’t look anything like this, and I don’t remember her looking anything like this. I think it’s the glasses.
I always misremember Tracey replacing Dawn, but in the third panel we see Dawn, Kilroy-like, watching the goings on here.
Not much to say drawing-wise. For some reason I edited in squarer panel borders, which I regret. I’m remembering how much I hated drawing those office chairs–I never feel like I got them quite right.
Check out the old-school rotary phone on Paul’s desk in the first panel!
Inspired by a new recycling policy, this is one of my favorite Cubicle Counts. The gag (such as it is) unfolds well, the different perspective in the last panel provides a decent wrinkle, and (I just noticed this) I like that Paul (the boss, Paul Grecian) does different things with his hands in each panel.
It’s weird that, though I’m clearly taking the comic strip pretty seriously, I’m still leaving the pencil lines, even for the speech/thought balloons. The open-circle Little Orphan Annie eyes are also not typical of how I draw. It’s almost like I was consciously trying to break with my usual drawing style.
Is there a more universal office trope than the thermostat war? I certainly can’t think of one.
Nevertheless, there’s a lot I was pleased with in this one: the perspective in the first panel, the characters looking up at the vent in the third panel, and how ice-covered Dawn came out in the last one. I’m easily satisfied!