1. Sha-Guo 05

(Update notice for September 10th: Unfortunately, this Monday there won’t be any new page, because I didn’t have time to finish it before I went to Helsinki Comics Festival. But I’ll post it a couple of days after my return! V^(oo)^;V)

Oops, I forgot on the previous page that she’s on the sardine floor, not the herring floor. I went back and fixed it now.
I guess I’ve been too traumatized by the great herring industry on Orust, which we studied a bit too extensively in history class when I lived there. (Though that was with one of the several pretty good history teachers that I’ve had in my nine different schools from 1st to 12th grade.)

As readers of Driftwood might recall, Willie is vegetarian. :3 But she’s not too uncomfortable with handling dead fish. Besides, she was raised by capitalism, so it hasn’t even crossed her mind that she could probably choose a different job if she wanted to.

Discussion (5) ¬

  1. Hans

    “Besides, she was raised by capitalism, so it hasn’t even crossed her mind that she could probably choose a different job if she wanted to.”
    You can’t do that in capitalism? That’s new to me – I know a lot of people who have changed careers or tried out different things before hitting the job they like. And I’m not talking about people from rich families who can afford not to work if they don’t like their job. It all depends on what you know, what you dare, and the job market, doesn’t it?
    Anyway, good to see the story continue!

  2. Tinet

    Of course you can change jobs and careers etc. in capitalism – in fact, you most likely HAVE to, because jobs are scarce and employment is insecure. But that usually involves some strategic planning and further education. Maybe starting up your own business, going bankrupt, or getting cancer or something, and putting yourself deep into debt, at which point you may have to switch careers again, to selling drugs, or maybe prostitution? :D

    No, I was being a bit sarcastic, but what I meant was that she doesn’t realise that she could probably choose among many different jobs in town, all of which she could start right away if she wanted to.

    Remember how she was looking for a job for almost two months at the end of Driftwood, with no success at all? Right now she is in a state of shock at the fact that she got a job, any job, just like that.

    For myself in the past and other people I know from the true dregs of the modern capitalist society (female, no degree or specialization, immigrant background/weird name), if you actually get a job offer, you better take it and not think twice about it. Especially if you are caught in the evil claws of the jobcenters, since you’ll lose your benefits if you say no to too many offers. (For example, I think it was three in Sweden last time I checked – and remember that since there ARE NO JOBS, the jobcenter [which has to pretend like there ARE jobs and shift all the blame on you for not trying hard enough] might give you insane offers like shoveling snow at 3 AM in a city 60 km away. True story.)

    Now I still don’t have any degree, but I do have a very particular specialization thanks to which I can actually get some very badly paying jobs, on which I could only survive in a place like Berlin, where I can keep my expenses extremely low. Others are not so lucky. Maybe I should draw a comic about what someone I know has to endure at her 60 years of age? Just two years before early retirement, you’d think they could just leave her alone.

    Anyway, putting dead fish on a conveyor belt is a pretty cool job, and they have very good working conditions here. :)

  3. Hans

    Well, it’s not my idea of a nice job, but it sure beats being unemployed and moneyless. :-)
    (And I understand that both of us have our world views, shaped by our experiences and those of people we know. But that’s the kind of dicussion I prefer to have over a cup of tea or a beer; in my experience discussing such topics over the internet can quickly go sour.)

  4. Ainur

    Lucky those who feel secure enough to pick and choose between jobs. From others’ point of view, they live in a happy pink bubble in their own reality. Even I, with my reasonably cushy middle class job in higher education, don’t feel like I can afford to turn down a job – any job! – when this project ends. I recognise myself in Willie’s way of thinking, because I’m familiar with the society that brought her up, too. Hans has a point – the class society is real, and we are all shaped by our social position, handicaps and privileges which are very real, not just a matter of attitude.

  5. Tinet

    Hans, I do appreciate it that people from other social classes (or “world views”, as you put it) can enjoy reading my comics. ;)