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Jim Sinclair’s Action-Packed Career

Jim Sinclair is a self-described comic book geek, a movie fanatic and even a “Mr. Mom” to his five daughters.

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He is also a do-anything – and everything – employee at M Corp.

“I’m a Jack-of-all trades,” says Jim, who joined M Corp in February 2012.

Jim has been a help desk manager and the office manager. Now, he has become a tester on a critical project for the state Employment Development Department.

“I’m a Jack-of-all trades,” says Jim, who joined M Corp in February 2012. “I’ve always been in positions where I’m being utilized by a lot of people, in a lot of ways.”

Indeed, Jim’s career includes being a comic book artist and an operations manager for a small business that manufactured propellers for radio-controlled planes. He was also a graphic artist-turned-multimedia developer – and a few other positions in between – during his two decades at Cable Data (later known as DST Innovis and AmDocs.)

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“I have a strong graphic background and some good technical experience,” says Jim, who was born in the Bay Area but later moved to Fair Oaks, a Sacramento suburb, where he now lives with his wife. “I’m pretty detail oriented.”

He’s also artistic and creative, moonlighting as a comic book artist for the big-name companies in the industry, including DC Comics and Marvel, for almost 20 years.

“I like to draw and I love comics, I’ve loved them since I was 8 or 9 years old,” says Jim, who has been an inker/finisher on numerous comic books, including Maxx Maxximized, which fans can continue to find in stores.

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“Comics are sequential artwork, it’s telling stories with panels on a page,” says Jim, who worked for a comic book-store chain while attending college and a few years after earning his degree in graphics with an emphasis in business from Sacramento State University.

“It was a great job, it was like Cheers,” says Jim, referring to the long-running NBC sitcom about a bar where everyone knew each other. “A lot of the customers were very supportive of me when I started drawing for comic books.”

He balanced his dream of being a comic book artist with reality – and the need for a steady paycheck and benefits. “I was married, raising a family,” he says.

“I can be both analytical and creative,” Jim says of how he landed in the IT world almost three decades ago.

Now, Jim is often too busy with his current position at M Corp and his family – he and his second wife, Kim, who also works at M Corp, have five daughters, ranging from 15 to 26 years old – to focus on his love of art for comic books.

“My inking hand is a little rusty,” says Jim, who will check out comic book stores on occasion, but he still favors the classics such as Fantastic Four and Thor. “Comics are like watching a movie; you need to have a good beginning, middle and an end.”

And Jim knows a lot about movies, too.

“I love all movies, I’m a movie nut,” says Jim, who has a movie room in his house, complete with a collection of lobby cards — 11- by 17-inch mini posters that helped promote movies decades ago. His favorite lobby card is from the classic movie The Creature from the Black Lagoon. “I have a lot of stuff, it’s kind of goofy.”

Perhaps, but Jim definitely pulls it off. He can discuss comic book characters one moment, and then focus on the intricacies of testing.

“I’m really excited about this project, it’s a great opportunity,” he says. “There’s always something happening, something new.”

“I can be both analytical and creative. I had a strong graphic background and some tech experience,” Jim says of how he landed in the IT world almost three decades ago. Being a comic book artist “really helps with QA (quality assurance) work. You need that same level of patience.”

His patience has definitely paid off, allowing him to build a career that combines his experience and numerous skills.

“I’ve done a bunch of jobs within the same company, including M Corp,” says Jim, who had a critical role in the company’s move to its new downtown headquarters a year ago. “It was a real challenge, but a good thing.”

Now, Jim moves from the company’s downtown headquarters to the EDD offices a few blocks away.

“I’m really excited about this project, it’s a great opportunity,” he says. “There’s always something happening, something new.”