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Matthew Hansel
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I spent 15 years working in local government (the majority of that time as Deputy Director of the County Planning and Building Dept)...but the politics and ruthlessness of it got to me and I left to pursue my dream...

...even though Iíve been ďpublishedĒ many times since my first comic strip in college (in 1998), last year I had my first COMIC BOOK work published, and this year Iíve taken over the art duties for the character that got me into all this comic book/strip/art thing...

...so Iím happy to say, fulfilling a life long dream, Iím a CARTOONIST!!

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Robbie wrote "People, eh?"

Try working in retail! Oh the stories i could tell!
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I'm a "purveyor of hopes and dreams". Or as it says on my resume, I design slot machine games.

I'm a creative director and I currently head up a division of artists responsible for (a major film studio's unannounced game initiative). Our active fanbase is 60 million strong, so that's a lot of hopes and dreams I have to account for.

I also work for Marvel Comics (as an illustrator) and in television animation (as a background artist) in a freelance capacity.
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Sub-category: biggest misconception about your job?

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"You work at [company name]? Then, you must know..."

Doesn't matter which city I'm in, I still get asked this.

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Mr. Byrne - Sub-category - what high-falutin' title would I use for my job? I think that instead of Technical Customer Service, I might be "High Level Technical Maintenance Public Interface Specialist.?

Robbie P: "Sub-category: biggest misconception about your job?"

In customer technical support - "Look, I don't have time to screw around. Just push that button you people all have and get my system working again!" That and, "I don't care what I did to my computer, or whether it's plugged in or not, or whether I'm sitting in front of it or not! Just FIX IT!"
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 Bill Mimbu wrote:
"You work at [company name]? Then, you must know..."

Doesn't matter which city I'm, I still get asked this.

You see, I go from Bruce Banner to the Hulk when that is asked. I don't get asked it in my current role, but did in various other roles.

Because, yeah, whatever organisation I worked for, we were one big collective. Like the Borg. Of course I know John Cowshit, who works 110 miles away and working at regional office; of course Jane Cowshit, who works in sales 400 miles away, is a personal friend of mine. 

Yeah. We know every employee intimately. We adopt a Dr. Strange pose and see "all possible realities". If Lord Muck of Cowshit Farm Street has put a complaint in about John Doe working in operations 400 miles away, we'll know about it.

It's not just about companies, either. I've seen people get on buses and ask for details of ANOTHER bus company. One driver told a guy he didn't know as it was a separate company, but the pig-ignorant passenger said, "But it's a bus, mate, why don't you know?" I'd have been tempted to say, "Because there are countless bus companies and no-one short of God could know every possible route!"

Sorry, I have become angry after working with the public over time. 


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Michael Casselman
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Ugh. Used to get that all the time in the Army. Long-running military joke.

"Oh, do you know so-and-so? Yeah, sure, so-and-so's in the Navy, and he's been on a ship for the majority of his time in the service... but you guys all know each other, right?"
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Biggest misconception: an Art Teacher just does fun projects with the students, and doesn't teach anything. Mostly, they have Art so the real teachers can get a break.
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University Acceptance Facilitator. That's what it feels like sometimes. 

I teach senior Physics, Calculus, Math and Computer Science at a private school in Macau. 

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Valmor J. Pedretti
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Steven, I've seen parents complaining at my daughter's school because their kids got bad grades in arts.

When I was a kid, arts was pretty much drawing and painting stuff only, not much knowledge behind it. Now for instance they have art history and have to take tests about it. My daughter usually does great because that's her #1 passion.

So, I see evolution where other parents find absurdity. It makes me sad.
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Shawn Kane
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Biggest misconception: an Art Teacher just does fun projects with the students, and doesn't teach anything. Mostly, they have Art so the real teachers can get a break.

Trust me, I know that Art teachers do more than just fun stuff, Steven! Whenever I have a student bring me a test or assignment (read the test, allow extended time, etc.,), I feel like I'M learning about art as well!

Biggest misconception about my job: The students can't learn. We modify work and accommodate disabilities and teach strategies to help them after graduation. I teach mostly Social Studies classes and I tell parents that I don't expect them to come home and tell them all about the Byzantine Empire but hopefully, they can spell it (and using the skills they've learned, spell and sound out other multi-syllable words).



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I'm a captain for the Washington State Ferries in the San Juan Islands. I'm starting my 26th year with the WSF. It's hell, but someone has to do it.

Probably the biggest misconception I get is that people think I drive the boat. I tell them no, it's more like I'm Captain Kirk in that I'm responsible for the safety of the whole ship. I do take the navigation watches on all the westbound sailings in addition to all my other responsibilities.  
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