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Punching The Clock #40 – Staying In Wonderland

Archived Post: Originally Posted on 5/15/2012

Ryan’s made it this far… will he eventually regret his decision to work at Buy Lots? Time will tell.

We are gearing up for our upcoming appearance at Cherry Capital Con, May 25-27; only 10 DAYS AWAY!!! We will be joining a host of other really cool folks in Artist Alley; you can find me at Booth #402, and Jeff right next door at Booth #403! Word has it that we’re sitting directly across from Tony Moore and Nick Pitarra, so chances are that if you see a crowd, it’s most likely for them. I will gladly take their overflow, though!

We will have First Printings of Punching the Clock Volume 1: Training Daze, Buttons, Stickers, 12″x12″ prints of some of our favorite strips (On high-quality poster cardstock!), an EXCLUSIVE C3 11″x17″ print (individually numbered and limited to only 50), and… wait for it… Punching the Clock Pint Glasses.

The awesome has officially gotten “real”.

You should come hang out with us.

I’ll continue to make reference to the Matrix that stopped being cool 10 years ago.


PS: Voting for the CBG fan awards is only open through MAY 31st, so PLEASE GO TO THE LINK IN THE RIGHT SIDEBAR AND VOTE IF YOU HAVEN’T!!!

Punching The Clock #27 – Shirt Quest

Archived Post: Originally Posted on 3/13/2012

I’ve been wanting write this one for a while… I’ve always had it in my head that we would be doing a spoof on the medal scene from the original Star Wars at some point in the run. It just seemed fitting to do it now.

This week’s comic was fun and challenging for me, since it always seems that Jeff gets all the best lines. Note that he is not in this one until the dream sequence. I forced myself to really give Ryan a spotlight… the original script had Jeff talking, right from the get-go in panel 1; the end product is a great example of what happens when I’m not happy with something and COMPLETELY re-write what I’m working on from a different perspective.

Also, that new guy Alan seems like a bit of a doucher… he’s all like “Look at me, I got my uniform!” What guys like Alan seem to always leave out is just HOW they “earn” any of the things they brag about; in this case being an opportunistic, over-achieving, butt-kissing weenie. Wonder how far HE would’ve made it under Vader’s thumb? We’ve all worked with an “Alan” before, right? It seems that our heroes may have a new common enemy…

Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi… you’re my only hope.


Punching The Clock #1 – Orientation

Archived Post: Originally Posted on 11/20/2011

Welcome to Punching the Clock! First off, let me thank you for stopping by to check out our webcomic- it means a lot to us! Hopefully, you’ll keep coming back for more… if we do our jobs right. For our launch, I really wanted to let you guys get accquainted with our cast of characters rather quickly, so this first week will be chock-full of comic goodness. Today, we will feature three comics introducing our 2 main characters, Ryan and Jeff. We’ll see how they meet and give you an idea of how their friendship will grow in the coming months. Also, be sure to stop back tomorrow for a brand new comic which leads into quite possibly the best thing that Manley has ever drawn being dropped on Friday. That’s right- you get 5 COMICS this week, including one on Black Friday (’cause lets face it, folks: a comic about retail better damn sure have a Black Friday comic).

This particular strip is pretty much the starting point for all of us who have ever worked retail- an orientation cut short by the need to fill the floor with warm bodies. As such, the obligatory Star Trek/red shirt joke has officially been used up. Stay tuned for more nerdy references, folks. It’s all I know.

After this week, we will begin once a week updates every Tuesday, so be sure to stop back and keep up on what’s going on with our guys!


Welcome Aboard!