31 thoughts on “December 27, 2015

  1. I guess that’s obviously excluding the years she spent back when she working as a cashier and up the ladder .
    I ‘m taking a guess and say that this ten year flashback will have look into making a step forward into opening her own store .

    • I’m more inclined to say that it’s the 10-year anniversary of the strip. Done in a way that fits the strip, unlike a few cartoonist’s approaches.

      • Really?, because I thought that in one strip about a old man asking about a bookstore , We saw Marla folding clothes and with a nametag and looking pretty young and it could be possible that She started out as a cashier at Grumble’s or working at Grumbles since the 90’s

        • As an assistant manager in a retail store, I wore a name tag, straightened a lot of stock, ran a register, and did a lot of things that Marla’s been shown doing during her tenure as assistant manager. Even my manager performed a lot of the same menial tasks, which Marla still does on occasion.

  2. Congratulations on 10 years, Norm! I’ll be around for the next ten, or as long as you feel like continuing this strip. It’s a wonderful ride.

  3. Norm might be using this to start Marla on her way to opening her own store.

    One way I would like to see it happen is that the mall tries to raise the lease cost and Grumbles closes the store. (This is happening to me right now)

  4. That’s right, January 1, 2016 will be the 10th anniversary of Retail. Congratulations Norm. This has been my favourite comic since I started reading it.

  5. It’s been an awesome run so far! If Marla does exit Grumbel’s, here’s hoping the strip follows her instead staying at Grumbel’s!

  6. I love how accurate Norm is the world of retail. He really nails the issue’s we have working in the retail world. Congrats on 10 years, my favorite comic out there.

  7. It really doesn’t seem like it’s been ten years. Quite the milestone – congrats, Norm! And you know I’ll be here until the very end. This strip may be a premonition of that, though, if Marla wants out, but she’s said these things before and she’s still there. We shall see!

  8. Congratulations on 10th Year. A true to life strip. I join those who hope this reflects a step in a new direction – Marla opens her own store. You go, girl.

    • The whole 10 years’ worth can be found by clicking on the far left double arrow button to reach the first one, then just keep going through using the arrows on the right.

  9. Congratulations on ten years of an excellent comic strip, Norm! I know it’s brought smiles to millions of retail workers (and, maybe, given a few customers some food for thought).

  10. Aw, chin up, Marla! It’s not so bad! I just passed my 37th anniversary at MY job!

    Congrats on 10 years Norm! I don’t even work in retail (although I do deal with sales) and I love this strip! 😀

  11. Happy anniversary, Norm. Having just learned that “Edge City” hung it up today, I was hoping today’s strip wasn’t a portent of the same for “Retail.”

  12. And congratulation to Norm from my side, too! Well done! Carry on!
    And my comic reader heart missed a beat while I thought “Wait, what?! Is she.. is she REALLY…??”

  13. I cannot recall the angel and devil panel…

    I like how Norm used the original art from the past comics rather than redrawing them in the current style.

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