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Huge Massive Update of Fun Awesome Stuff and Sad Endings

Posted by BillPremo - December 6th, 2013

Been busy as fuck, still wound up in freelance projects. At the pace I'm working they should be done soon. Then I've got some major shit to deploy soon after. I took a break from WhatTheDo comics, I recently had the choice of not renewing my hosting plan. I was considering just ending the whole site, I wasn't have fun with it anymore. Yet I decided against it and I have a lot of material written for more comics, even some real story arcs to go along with it.

I've been digitally painting, it's really relaxing. This is a work in process.569588_138636237633_fightermechpilot.png  

I'm going to make some new shirts soon, it's been a long term learning process of introducing new techniques into screen printing. It's such an exacting process and one error can really fuck everything up.

Canada really seems to like my Nicolas Cage Cat shirt, Thanks Canada, you're the best! here's a link if you're interested. Nicolas Cage Cat Shirt

Last Saturday was my final day at McDonald's. I'm officially just going to pour every ounce of energy into art, animation, shirts and the like.

I liked working at McDonald's but the underlying problem I saw was the disconnect from the management to the workers. The past management showed a lot of compassion and support to the kitchen workers and the service people. It was a very warm environment, it was actually fun, because while it's easy tasks at a fast pace, the people you worked with were quite humble. I've never been in a place where everyone was smiling as much as at McDonald's. Not what you'd imagine, people happy at a fast food job?

Yet in the past few months it got to the point where the energy there became really apathetic, mediocre for even McDonald's standards. We always stressed the importance of getting everything ready for the next person who took over your station, it seemed like people would care or put effort into not fucking over who came next. But now it seems like no one cares in the slightest and I can see it clearly stems directly from the traits of the managers.  

Now I understand to be a good manager you have to be a dick sometimes. It's a part of managing people, you can't make everyone happy all the time, what's best for you isn't always fun. But I think and feel the current management is not suitable for handling people. I really don't think they understand what motivates people or when they overstep their bounds into awkward and uncomfortable activity.

I've had strict managers before who were harsh but still pulled it off because they understood people and had the charisma to pull it off because you could respect them and their wisdom.

Leading by example I think is a very important virtue. Which was non-existent, some managers would arrive 20-30 minutes late but punish other workers for being 5 minutes late. The standards of conduct slowly degraded into "don't give a fuck about anything or anyone" There was no more sense of community.

We had an "Attendance Contest for the Month of November", The rules were if you have perfect attendance you get put into a raffle for a $50 gift card. Merely 5 days into the raffle contest roughly 75% of the employees were removed from the list. That, and the store manager misspelled "you're" as "your" throughout the entire contest rules.    

- BPremo



Comments (5)

I wish you the best on your future challenges and opportunities! btw Screen printing, is it worth it? Can one make a living doing it, or just a side hobby for extra cash?

At the moment it's kinda small for me, I've only gotten 25 sales, but 17 of those were the last 2 months out of the 8 months I've done it. So at the moment I'm on the rise. I think it can become a living if approached seriously enough but it is really time consuming like most things. I haven't made all my money back that I've poured into it but I think I can make that back within 6 more months of aggressively and actively making more shirts. I really just watched a bunch of videos on youtube and started teaching myself I still don't completely know what I'm doing but it's working.

Hey Bill, i've read most of your comics and then i read this tonite...i work at mcdonalds.

i don't know how to express to you how badly i would die for a shirt featuring the final panel of Mad Ripped pt. 4....i'm wood-chipper, feet-first serious. something about that panel speaks to me in a way that an art exhibit i once saw featuring van gogh's painting and picasso sculptures with mc eschers designs never did....they only made me think of money and mold....well, except for this van gogh of an ox pulling a cart, it was the most beautiful painting i've ever seen to be fair. but otherwise i only felt awe at their face-value, like a friggin' jewel thief.

i know the screen-printing process is really consuming and wouldn't be worth it for one dinky shirt, but it's fun to imagine. it makes me feel kinda cool to imagine, haha. peace dude, stay positive.

Hey PoisonHeart thank you for reading :D

At this point I'm not sure if I'll make shirts or prints related to Mad Ripped but I do intend on making more comics related to the story. I currently have a goal of going up to 50 parts but that's more of a vague goal than anything concrete. I tried to put the spirit/experience of working at McDonald's into the manager and Jimmy character and it's really satisfying to know it meant something to people in the same boat.

I actually really enjoy van gogh and his use of yellow in his paintings. I have a funny story about a teacher who thought it was a cop out for me to choose van gogh as my favorite artist for an assignment just because he wasn't obscure. But hey thanks again for the support and yeah that shirt is really unlikely but maybe there will some mad ripped prints and shirts in the future.

Wheres mom im hungreeee!!!

That digital painting looks awesome! What program are you using, and tablet? And the Nicholas Cage cat shirt is probably the best thing I have ever seen, ever.

You just got 420 fans; time to blaze it, son.