29-year-old Alexander Dyakov has had his share of the office. And I'm not talking about the hit TV show. Alexander has been working in one and about 6 months ago came up with a new way of venting his problems away. Comics. Even though the Russian had no real artistic background, he decided to begin illustrating the struggles a typical office goes through on a daily basis and people quickly started seeing themselves and their colleagues in his works.
"I've never taken any drawing lessons," Alexander told Bored Panda. "When I was a student, I used to edit photos for internet shops and the idea of telling something with the help of drawings came to me about half a year ago. I used to draw "neutral" stories, made a series of pictures and short comics about a cartoonish cat. I didn't succeed but got some drawing experience. And then I created Sova the owl, (sova means owl in Russian). It's a satirical comic where the office boss makes wrong and sometimes absurd decisions."
"After graduating from university, I had been working in trading companies in a few different positions," the artist explained. "During my career, I was a storekeeper, an assistant, a sales manager, but I spent most of the time working as a purchasing manager. I reached the position of head of the purchasing department. Sometimes I had to use my hands at work but most of the time I worked at the office. Throughout this time, I interacted with a lot of superiors and subordinates. And one day I realized that work relationship in modern companies aren't that smooth. My comics are based on my personal experience about 90% of the time."
"For these comics, I decided to transform the forest into a company. The boss of this company had to be someone who feels smarter and superior to others. The owl was the perfect candidate."
"I feel inspired when I read new comments under my work. Such words as 'I've experienced the same in my previous job' or 'Me and my boss are in the same situation' mean a lot to me. These comments prove that I wasn't the only one who went through these ridiculous moments. Every form of loneliness is pretty tough. I hope that my readers can find some support in my comics and I hope that they can help them at least a bit."