Hardly anyone has “employees” anymore, especially huge corporate retailers. I’m sure management would expain “associate” as an upgrade, making workers more of an “equal” than an “underling.” In reality, I suspect it implies “temporary” and “detached,” more of a “disassociate” really. Have you noticed we talk about a lot of things here? Some of it is related to the craft of cartooning, and often it is not related to my profession at all. I talk around it, to be sure, but in truth I am not at all comfortable talking about the creative process. In fact, I am not going to talk about it now. Next time, maybe.