"I Just Work Here" presents: Outsourced Training

So the last couple of comics I've been having a lot of fun with the backgrounds, only I'm now finding I'm running into this problem where I like the backgrounds so much I'm sad to have to put the speech bubbles over them.

When I draw IJWH, I no longer write the dialogue in; after the page is scanned into Photoshop, I then add the text and speech bubbles, which means I have to strategically place everything so it's both legible and not blocking the characters' faces, so the background gets pushed to, well, the back. I'm finding myself going "Wait seriously? That took time to draw!" and subsequently doing my best not to cover the prettier background bits. I'm still trying to decide if my reluctance to have the backgrounds covered is a result of feeling my art skills are improving, or if it just means I'm vain.

In other news, I added a new webcomic to the Other Fun Stuff section! I found this fantastic comic called A Redtail's Dream by Minna Sundberg, a Finnish artist. The story takes place in Finland and borrows heavily from Finnish folklore; it's very well-drawn, well-written, and well-put together. I highly recommend checking it out.