01-22-1986 – “Break time!” (Caldor)

A few minutes in the day of the life of a Caldor clerk (and his pals).

What’s Caldor, you ask? It was a department store, kind of like Target meets “Clerks” (the movie). By today’s standards, it’s hard to imagine that the chain (once the prairies were black with ’em!) ever stayed in business: imagine a Target where each department had 5–8 employees and cashiers had to enter all purchases on an abacus by hand. Anyway, it’s long gone.

This cartoon pretty much stinks. My insecurity about my inability to draw people to look like themselves was at its peak, so everyone here has a soundalike name (Derek = Eric, Kim = Lynne, etc). The few visual gags I threw in are unsubtle and unfunny.

I suppose I’m glad I have this drawing, if only as a visual record of the Caldor era.

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Drakes cakes all around!
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