How do you balance your passion with the everyday demands of modern life? That’s the question at the heart of Sarah Hanssen’s “Working Stiff,” which follows comic strip artist Robert Friedrich as he attempts to juggle the creation of his webcomic with his day job within the demanding New York City court system.
Friedrich started as a court assistant when he was just 22, but he’s been fascinated and compelled by his creative work for much longer. The cartoonist describes his strip as a “a visual diary of sorts,” and while it may seem as if the requirements of his day job — hey, he’s a supervisor now, too! — would get in the way of his process, much of his daily life works its way into the strip, adding texture and honesty in unexpected ways.
The short documentary recently premiered at DOC NYC, but you can watch it in full below, exclusively available only on IndieWire.
And, if you like Friedrich’s work — and what working stiff wouldn’t? — you can find out more about his comics right here.