2001-2003 – Manuals Labor (Merck Manuals)

The Merck Manuals are like sausages and the law: it is better not to see them being made.

Oh, man. Where to begin.

For a medical writer/editor, what could be a better gig than being on staff with the group that puts together what was arguably the most renowned series of medical reference books in the world? That was the question I asked myself when I was offered a staff editor position with this outfit. The answer would prove, sadly, to be “just about anything.”

Dream job? More like plain ol’ jobbed. On the “bright” side, the jerks and rejects that staffed this hellhole made for easy cartooning prey.

The duo gettin’ up in Jonny’s grill here was this office’s version of Godzilla and Mothra (or would have been if Godzilla and Mothra had been insecure, incompetent bitches). The resemblance of the one in the back to Marcie from Peanuts is apt in more ways than one.

The office’s good guys (and gals) are all shown here, wisely observing the proceedings from a distance.

There are also a few easter eggs in this drawing—inside jokes and riffs on some of the more ridiculous moments from my two years here.


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