Ever since he was a kid, he wanted to be a cartoonist--but his folks talked him into IT. Now it's come full circle, and he's pursuing his dream of being a cartoonist. But guess what? The subject matter is ... IT!
"I've always been interested in drawing much more than in IT," says 29-year-old Krishna Sadasivam, who was laid off from his job as an ASIC customer engineer at LSI Logic Corp. a month ago. "It's been my passion since childhood." But it wasn't his parents' passion; they were more concerned that their son be able to earn a decent livelihood, so they steered him toward IT and engineering. "All along--all through my studies and my work--cartooning has been in the back of my mind," he says.
Sadasivam is actually glad he lost his job. He believes that working in IT kept him insulated from what he really wanted to do. So now, he says, "I'm taking a risk and getting serious about it." Some of his PC Weenies cartoons have appeared on Cnet and News.com, and he's marketing custom cartoons to technology companies.
But that engineering degree and IT experience will come in handy. When asked if he saw Dilbert's Scott Adams as something of a mentor, he was quick to point out that PC Weenies is heavily technology-focused, more so than Dilbert.
Sadasivam says cartooning is a lot harder than IT work. "I work twice as hard as a cartoonist. I'm very excited about it."
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