Read an Excerpt
I used to think there was nowhere in America worse than the inner-city neighborhood where I spent my childhood. When I was young, I often fantasized about working in one of those big skyscrapers downtown and going to work every day in a suit and tie. Back then, my image of the white-collar world was based on what I had seen on television: nice suits, coffee breaks, business cards, expense accounts, cheerful meetings, and savvy business types.
Then, I entered the world of corporate America. I soon realized that corporate life was quite different from what I had imagined. The relationships between managers and employees were often strained, and it was difficult to figure out whom I could and could not trust.
One day, when I was feeling particularly frustrated by my job, a colleague suggested that I create a cartoon about the world of office life. Working It Out was born!
Finally, I had an outlet for some of my frustrations. It was like good therapy, only with a pen and paper instead of an actual therapist. Suddenly, I couldn't wait to go to work the next morning! My source of anxiety became my daily inspiration, and people at work started to take notice. I started doing strange things-like paying attention during long meetings that had once seemed pointless and boring. The corporate world had become my fodder, and I was taking copious notes.
If you're stuck in a small cubicle and feeling discouraged about your job, you're not alone. I hope these cartoons will give you a little joy as you try to make it through another day at work.
Here's to corporate America!