Freelance Blues #1
Ever feel like your job is sucking the life out of you? You might be right.
We meet Lance as he interviews for a job. His answers are carefully crafted the way we all try to when interviewing for a job, to make us look the best we possibly can. The problem is, it seems as though Lance’s qualifications are in a slightly different job market.
Lance’s job of the week is at a call center completing customer satisfaction surveys. When he meets his boss he realizes that there is something a little fishy about him.
After leaving his boss he finds a giant monster that looks as if someone cross bred an ant with a lobster. He finds out that it feeds off the souls of the consumers they call, sucking out their life force through dull questions and scripted conversations. Lance doesn’t allow this to go on long, fighting the monster, but instead of being able to enjoy his victory he returns home exhausted and with a concern familiar to many of us, where was his next pay check going to come from?
His sisters are supportive (mostly), questioning how he gets himself into these situations. His birthday was not going as planned. His Grandpa B calls and when he appears to be sick, Lance grows concerned.
Lance’s new job has him transcribing interviews, a seemingly monotonous job but he begins to wonder if he could get ahead of the crazy situations. He enlists his sisters to help him look into the company and find any faults, but is interrupted when he receives a call that his Grandpa is dying.
The story is one that many of us struggling to get work can relate to. We have all had jobs that felt like they were sucking out our souls and are patiently waited for some kind of ant-lobster to appear from behind the water cooler. Luckily Lance is able to fight off his monsters quickly and easily.
The relationship with his sisters is almost fatherly in that he seems to feel he has to take care of them. However it seems as though he might be the one who needs to be taken care of.
The story is clearly leading to a bigger villain, or at least a reasoning to why these monsters are attracted to him and I am very intrigued as to what that could be.
The lack of explanation of the monsters arrival caught me off guard, but the quick disposal of the beast shows that it wasn’t the main villain in the story – highlighting that something bigger is to blame for the occurrence.
The black and white artwork is very striking. It adds to the theme of monotonous, monotone environments being invaded by these whimsical creatures. The high contrast and humorous illustration allowing the images to reflect the fantastical yet grounded nature of the story.