Grinder$ – Office Management, Lattes and Cheesecake

Lirvilas hails from the woods of Wiconsin and is currently working on Grinder$ – a NSFW webcomic that pokes fun at office politics.

Grinder$ is the story of  Donna Panks, who can sell anything. But when management threatens to run the company into the ground, will she wind up back where she started, slinging lattes in a bikini? Only one thing can be sure: trouble is brewing!

It’s a comedy about office politics that veers into cheesecake.

Lirvilas was nice enough to answer a few questions that I had about Grinder$ and his creative process! Here’s how that went down:

So… Grinder$ has to be at least a double or triple entendre… maybe even quadruple, right?
I went through a few dozen other possible choices. Argyle Fox helped me pick out the name.

Did you go to school for either art or writing? If so, what school?
I did well in middle school, passably so in high school.

What made you want to create a comic that deals with the humor of office politics? What would you like to say about persistence, positive attitudes and leadership?
Any brief scan of the headlines over the last four years will show that very large numbers of people will tolerate and even welcome gross incompetence at the top of their hierarchies as long as they feel that they’re part of the team. I think that’s a very human attitude. I think it’ll also be paid back in spades. Grinder$ might have some things to say about that.

How long does it take you to complete a comic page? What tools do you use?
It takes me between forty five minutes and three hours, depending on its complexity. I use the only tools any sophisticated hack might use: an Wacom Intuos and Clip Studio 5.

Do you feel like there are any drawbacks to creating NSFW material? Do you even care about said drawbacks?
Yes! I can’t tell you anything about my background because I’d prefer to remain plausibly anonymous… there would be repercussions for making this stuff.

Do you feel like there are any advantages to creating NSFW material?
Because it’s awesome.

How long did it take you to plan the comic before even beginning to physically create it?
Maybe a few days of back and forth with Argyle and some other trusted friends.

How long do you plan on keeping Grinder$ running? Do you have a set ending or are you just going to keep rolling with it for as long as you can?
This is my forever comic. Until it’s not.

What was the biggest hurdle you faced during the course of making Grinder$? If you could go back in time to the point where you just started making it and give yourself a pep talk, what would you say?
Yeah, I don’t do pep talks, I get hot with a page.

What was your favorite part about working on Grinder$?
Interacting with the audience. I live for comments.

What was your LEAST favorite part about working on Grinder$?
Whenever the anatomy is off. This IS an NSFW comic, after all.

Do you have a favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us more about them!
My lead character Donna is a blend of some of my most bawdy, profane prior characters. She is a joy to write.

Do you have a LEAST favorite character to write for? If so, why? Tell us about them!
Haven’t found that one yet.

Do you have a favorite character to draw?
Donna, who is my lead.

Do you have a LEAST favorite character to draw?
Haven’t met that one yet either.

Where can we find you? will always guide you home.

Anything else you want the people to know about yourself or your comic?
“Talk is cheap. Get to work!”

Have you read Grinder$ yet? Let us know what you think in the comments! Or, hey, go to the creator’s site and show some love 😀

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