“My Working Life (or, how customer service ruined me)” by Kelly Froh was published in 2011 and is a 20 page, half size zine. It goes through the author’s working life from High School through 2011, and talks about various jobs that she had which slowly made her unable to withstand customer service. It’s interspersed with small drawings of the author at various stages of her life, but is very lightly illustrated.
Since it’s an overview of all her jobs, all of them are touched on briefly, with details of what make work life so unbearable, and how rare a good boss is. At one point she works for Greenpeace, where my partner worked (though in a different state), so he found that part extra interesting. For the most part she works at various movie theaters, Waldenbooks (remember those?), and art supply stores. What was missing for me is more about the author herself, but the zine covers quite a large period of time in 20 pages so I’m sure something had to be cut. The writing style really held by attention, too. It’s a long read, but I kept coming back to it every time I had to put it down, and even read it while struggling to eat an egg salad sandwich (one of nature’s most difficult to consume sandwiches).