Socialist Grocery

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8 panel from the Artblog series "Socialist Grocery" depicting an exchange between a customer and the comic's main character, Sebastian.

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[Panel 1]: A customer, who wears a red flannel button down, a purple backwards cap, a blue face mask, and blue jeans, approaches Sebastian frantically with a question. His left arm leans on a food stand. Sebastian– wearing his signature work uniform of a yellow button-up, this time accompanied by an orange face mask and orange thick-framed glasses– is turned to face the customer, his profile visible as he responds to him.
Customer (with urgency): HELLO! Where are your gyro slices???
Sebastian: Oh, I’ll show you.

[Panel 2]: Sebastian leads the customer to the gyro slices. Sebastian walks in front of the customer, and is visible from the mouth up. The customer trails behind, visible from the chest up. Behind them are nondescript aisles with boxes of grocery store items.
Customer: I like to put them on a little potato bread with a little veganaise. Really takes the edge off.
Sebastian: “Life hack” as the kids say.

[Panel 3]: Sebastian, who is turned towards the left and hunched over into a “c” shape, points into the corner of a low refrigerator box. The customer stands behind him.
Sebastian: Here you go. Sorry they’re kind of in a weird spot now.

[Panel 4]: The customer turns to respond to Sebastian. Visible is the brim of his backwards hat and the back of his shoulders. Sebastian stands in front of him, partially obscured by a speech bubble.
Customer: THIS IS NOT A HUSBAND-FRIENDLY SPOT. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? US HUSBANDS WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO FIND THIS ON OUR OWN!

[Panel 5]: A thin, rectangular panel shows Sebastian’s profile as he looks back up at the customer in bewilderment.
Sebastian: … What?

[Panel 6]: Close-up on the customer’s profile, who has a furrowed brow and is angrily pointing his finger back at Sebastian as he responds.
Customer: We are not smart enough to find something this small, and this flat, in such an “out of the way” part of the store!

[Panel 7]: Sebastian looks desperately as he watches the customer storm off, leaving the store. The customer uses exaggerated arm movements, adding dramatic flare to the walk-out.
Sebastian: Isn’t that why you asked me for he-
Customer (while leaving): This place is anti-husband!!!

[Panel 8]: Sebastian, now wearing pink shorts and a gray-green tank top, lays on his stomach on a pink bed. Next to him, his partner Maggie, who is wearing a white tee-shirt and pale green shorts, lounges with one knee up and the other leg laying flat. Maggie scrolls on their phone while Sebastian tells them about the interaction.
Sebastian: I don’t think that was supposed to be an April Fools’ joke. I think he meant it.

Tags

essential worker, grocery store worker, gyro slices, illustration, illustrator, life hack, Oli Knowles, philadelphia comics artist, Socialist Grocery, watercolor

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