marktimmins said: “Sometimes I really have absolutely no idea what to make of your comics … but in isolation these two pages are utterly brilliant. They say a lot about everything without saying too much. Put them in a frame and send them to a museum.”
What to make of the comics…? Well, it really helps if you read the whole thing, from the beginning. Basically, the comics are about my experiences working in a number of restaurants years ago. Some of the characters are based on real people, some characters are mash-ups based on several people. “Ellen” was a real person. That’s what she looked like, those were her mannerisms, that was her car!
Her backstory in the comic is fictitious, though. Other characters, like Steve The Manager are based on several real people. His backstory in the comic is based on actual events. All the dishwashers in the story are based on real people, real events, and so on with other characters and situations in the book.
A friend of mine who read the book, and is familiar with some of the real people and situations, peed her pants laughing, saying “It makes Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” look like a piano player.”