Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby Arison » February 11th, 2016, 4:07 pm

I have an hour break at my job. I usually spend it drawing my sketches then when I get home finishing them. I have a 10 hour work shift four days a week. On my three days off that is when I can spend an entire day working.
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby Zarl » February 29th, 2016, 4:54 pm

For me, I am pretty new at this but I don't mind if my coworkers find the comic since it is nothing crazy. I also work in a creative field as well so stuff that I do outside of work people are just amazed that I continue doing other things that can be considered work. Finding that work like balance is pretty hard though, being social and trying to keep up with a general schedule can be very demanding but I usually end up running at about 5 hours of sleep or less a day.
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby Threeboy » February 29th, 2016, 5:53 pm

Zarl wrote:For me, I am pretty new at this but I don't mind if my coworkers find the comic since it is nothing crazy. I also work in a creative field as well so stuff that I do outside of work people are just amazed that I continue doing other things that can be considered work. Finding that work like balance is pretty hard though, being social and trying to keep up with a general schedule can be very demanding but I usually end up running at about 5 hours of sleep or less a day.


some people zonk out and watch hours of tv a day - some people draw comics :)
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby Zarl » March 1st, 2016, 1:27 pm

Threeboy wrote:
Zarl wrote:For me, I am pretty new at this but I don't mind if my coworkers find the comic since it is nothing crazy. I also work in a creative field as well so stuff that I do outside of work people are just amazed that I continue doing other things that can be considered work. Finding that work like balance is pretty hard though, being social and trying to keep up with a general schedule can be very demanding but I usually end up running at about 5 hours of sleep or less a day.


some people zonk out and watch hours of tv a day - some people draw comics :)


No kidding, I find it hard to keep up with TV shows now a days
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby AshenSkye » March 2nd, 2016, 9:58 am

The most TV I get is when I want to play Netflix while working. And then it tends to be shows that have been off the air for quite some time. ^,^
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby jsuma » December 6th, 2016, 7:59 pm

Some of my coworkers know I have one and are fans. I don't have anything that's unsafe for work so I'm not worried if my boss every saw it.

I usually use my lunch break to work on my webcomic.
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby darkenergy » December 6th, 2016, 10:39 pm

Mine isn't linked to my real name, it's linked to my writer identity which is already separate.

TBH I don't update very often. Social life + health first.
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby Ultimate Legacy » January 2nd, 2017, 7:47 pm

As a teacher I actualy got reprimanded when my co-workers told my boss about my comic, since it has a bit of girl love in it and they worried I would influence my students. But living in a country where freedom of speech is above people's ignorance, I actually threatened to quit then and there if he didn't like it. Of course he got off my case but there's always that uncertainty of what could happen next, teachers are as dispensable as things get. But if you ask me whether I choose my job or my comic, I choose my passion, I can find another job easily, I'd never be able to make up for lost time if I didn't sacrifice every moment of my free time for my works. I see my characters as my children, and they deserve my attention.
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby kidandlady » January 11th, 2017, 11:47 pm

I definitely worry about my Co workers finding out. Since I work and insurance job and my Co workers are very strict. I'm always worried that they might find out. I still try to promote but have that lingering fear they might find out.
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby Hazumirein » January 14th, 2017, 1:06 am

I am incredibly bad at time management and having a job and a comic has led to a lot of missed updates over the years. That said, I just try to fit it in when I get home from work or on weekends. There are weeks here and there where I've put in like 80 work hours and am just not home to draw in which case I just...don't update. But I can more or less keep up when I'm only doing the normal 40-ish hours a week. It's hard to resist the urge to spend my free time playing video games or something instead though.

I am 100% worried about my coworkers finding my comic just because I have enough trouble convincing people I'm a semi-normal human being without them knowing I spend my weekends drawing fantasy adventure stories. I don't think any of the content I draw is violent or risque enough to get me in trouble, I'm just easily embarrassed and don't want to have to explain it to people outside the interwebs.

...Which is why I determinedly hide behind a username and don't have my art linked anywhere people I know IRL would find it.
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby Kiyomi Nakamura » January 15th, 2017, 11:29 pm

I work at a hospital and I'm not really concerned over my coworkers finding out about my comics... because well... some of them actually read them. XD And the others know I write horror stuff. No one seems to care. Updates are hard for me because I work in front of a computer all day to start with... and two I have a preschooler and chores and stuff that needs to get done. x_X but my fiancee is trying really hard to help me make time to get updates out quicker. :)
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby WinterSunSummerSnow » January 24th, 2017, 9:57 pm

Imagine if my teachers found out that I wrote Pokémon webcomics....

MAN that'd be awkward.
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby The_Hankerchief » January 25th, 2017, 2:04 am

I'm in a weird state where, on one hand, I don't care if anybody from work finds out, but on the other hand, I'm not going out of my way to advertise. A few select coworkers that I know are cool know, but they don't spread word around. Like I said, cool people.

I do have to be careful with content, though. Being Air Force, I'm subject to UCMJ rules, even outside of work, and if my bosses found out and didn't approve, I could face disciplinary action, so nothing too risqué or out of line.

As far as time management, I just work whenever I get a free moment. I don't like writing or drawing in front of other people, though, so if I find myself with down time but my coworkers are hanging around, I'll wait until I'm alone again.
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby thelordbaeron » November 10th, 2017, 1:00 pm

I work for the county and I'm typically so busy that I don't really have time to talk about my personal life a lot. I am in the office from 7:30-5:00, doing chores on lunch (sometimes working on the comic) and then I'm also an assistant Tae Kwon Do instructor 3 nights a week, plus maintaining my household, cooking, caring for my daughter, etc. I admit I'm pretty irresponsible in that I play games at times when I know I should be working. But with such a hectic life I have to find time to unwind. That said, I typically get a lot of my work done in mornings, evenings, and weekends. I just try my best and see where the chips fall.
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Re: Having a Webcomic and a 9 to 5

Postby MemaiShirosaki » November 11th, 2017, 1:04 am

I work in advertising and you know the hours say 9 - 5 but I think anyone who's been in the industry knows better. Lucky for me though because I think a lot of coworkers have side hustles of their own (musicians, filmmakers, YouTube-star aspirants, etc.)-- so even if they find out, it wouldn't be a huge blow to me personally. I'm careful not to put up mature stuff that's easily accessible, so even if someone from work stumbled on my comics, I probably wouldn't care that much.

And as for my time maintaining a comic, I tend to work in little slots, usually in the evenings after dinner. I draft/pencil pages during downtime at work (I have a tablet with Medibang installed), then ink when I get home, colors the next day. Rinse and repeat.

I try to keep my weekends clear of any work (even comics), just because I think it's important to maintain that balance. I'll sneak in a page now and again, but Saturdays are for going out and getting your nails done 8-)
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