Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Every Time You Go Away

I’ve been drawing pictures for work again.

They’re very logo-centric illustrations, though, and I’ve been keeping the name of my employer off of my blog in case the organization is not especially thrilled to be represented by this advanced level of neurosis. For literary purposes, then, let’s all assume that I work for that renowned charity, the Yellow Circle.

We’re throwing a potluck at my office later this week, and the party announcements called for a certain amount of fanfare.

Everyone is a little emotionally conflicted, though, because the event is a going-away party for four likable people all at the same time.

In addition to general motivational efforts (“Sign up to bring hotdogs or we will be stuck with just salsa and cake!”), I’m also in charge of signage for the event itself. There’s a standard, thoughtful banner, of course…

…but I felt like the occasion called for some graphics as well. It turns out that “We are sorry to see you go but really hope you all enjoy your new jobs in four completely different locations and industries!” is not a very tidy sentiment to illustrate, so I went with something a little simpler:

Unfortunately, I forgot to pick up my Mournful Circle from the printer tray until the next morning. That’s when I found Emmet carrying it around the office and making sure that he didn’t need to stage a workplace intervention.

After that, I decided to go in a different direction for the party decor:

Everyone had better watch out, though. The next person who throws away recyclable paper is going to meet up with Mournful Circle.


P.S. I just noticed that this is my 100th post. This one is already written and drawn, though, so instead of publishing any landmark-related material, I’m planning to celebrate by myself with 100 Oreos.


  1. 100 Oreos -- a great way to celebrate!

  2. Thank you for all 100 :) You make us laugh!

  3. I'll join your celebration. you can send some of those oreos my way

  4. There are a bunch of Oreos in the warehouse if you need some... :)

  5. Huzzah for 100! You're blog rocks!

  6. And by "You're" I would like to say that I meant "your". I blame lack of sleep for the egregious spelling mistake.

    1. Sleep deprivation is a leading cause of poor grammar. I still have pages of notes from college classes that use the wrong form of its/it's before trailing off into a long nap-line.

  7. This is one of the many reasons why everyone likes you at work :) The drawings are great!