The Adventures of Unemployed Man

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MAIN STREET, USA-Against incredible odds, jobless crusader UNEMPLOYED MAN and his sidekick PLAN B embark on a heroic search for work-and quickly find themselves waging an epic battle against The Just Us League, a dastardly group of supervillains including THE HUMAN RESOURCE, TOXIC DEBT BLOB, PINK SLIP and THE INVISIBLE HAND.

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Overview

MAIN STREET, USA-Against incredible odds, jobless crusader UNEMPLOYED MAN and his sidekick PLAN B embark on a heroic search for work-and quickly find themselves waging an epic battle against The Just Us League, a dastardly group of supervillains including THE HUMAN RESOURCE, TOXIC DEBT BLOB, PINK SLIP and THE INVISIBLE HAND.

Experience this action-packed story in THE ADVENTURES OF UNEMPLOYED MAN-a fearless, brilliant, and provocative book that ASTOUNDS with incisive wit and AMAZES with stunning insights into the desperate situation so many heroes find themselves in today.

A new supergroup of down-but-not-out heroes has emerged from the economic crisis, including perpetual grad student MASTER OF DEGREES, fix-it-with-tape DUCTO, pain-shrinking therapist GOOD GRIEF, checkbook unbalancer ZILCH, shadow worker FANTASMA, and WONDER MOTHER, who built her invisible jet from pieces of the glass ceiling.

These heroes have enlisted the help of Erich Origen and Gan Golan, the dynamic duo behind the New York Times bestseller GOODNIGHT BUSH. Together they tell the story of our intrepid heroes' climactic clash with the self-interested villains who dwell in the Hall of Just Us, devising sinister plots that threaten the entire world.

This richly illustrated book is a parody of classic superhero comics from the Golden Age to the present day-and a brilliant dissection of our current economic meltdown. It features dazzling artwork by such comics legends as Ramona Fradon, Rick Veitch, Michael Netzer, Terry Beatty, Josef Rubenstein, Benton Jew, Thomas Yeates, Shawn Martinbrough, Clem Robins, Tom Orzechowski, Thomas Mauer and Lee Loughridge.

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Editorial Reviews

John McMurtrie
An absurdly funny and very smart take on the roots and the effects of the recession...the authors sneak in "fantastic facts" about the economy, but do so without getting didactic.
San Francisco Chronicle
Craig Wilson
The parody of classic superhero comics exposes, with laugh-out-loud yet sophisticated wit, the desperate situation many Americans find themselves in today.
USA Today
Brad Tuttle
Hilarious, clever, very relevant, and remarkably insightful and thought-provoking.
Time.com
George Gene Gustines
Societal woes are deftly handled...The Adventures of Unemployed Man is a satirical look at politics, the economy and superheroes-though not necessarily in that order.
New York Times
Laura Miller
Crammed with clever puns, ingeniously illustrated and garnished with trenchant social commentary, this is surely the funniest economic primer ever written.
Salon.com
Rachel Cooke
The Adventures of Unemployed Man is a furious, fearless, Swiftian kind of a book that - to slip into comic-strip speak just for a moment-ASTOUNDS with its wit, and AMAZES with its perspicacity. It should be read by everyone: by the forgotten, hardworking heroes of our desperate economy, who must toil increasingly hard merely to keep the wolf from the door, but also by its villains, who caused all the trouble in the first place. This book is so good it might cause a rare outbreak of shame among the ruling classes...
The Guardian
Cary Darling
An openly political, satiric graphic novella that seems ripped from today's cable-TV headlines.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
David Maine
The Adventures of Unemployed Man is a perfect assessment of the economic difficulties in which many of us find ourselves....the book is both lovingly reminiscent of the comic book circa 1975 and a searing parody of the form.
Popmatter.com
Craig Wilson - USA Today
"The parody of classic superhero comics exposes, with laugh-out-loud yet sophisticated wit, the desperate situation many Americans find themselves in today."
Brad Tuttle - Time.com
"Hilarious, clever, very relevant, and remarkably insightful and thought-provoking."
John McMurtrie - San Francisco Chronicle
"An absurdly funny and very smart take on the roots and the effects of the recession...the authors sneak in "fantastic facts" about the economy, but do so without getting didactic."
Rachel Cooke - The Guardian
"The Adventures of Unemployed Man is a furious, fearless, Swiftian kind of a book that - to slip into comic-strip speak just for a moment-ASTOUNDS with its wit, and AMAZES with its perspicacity. It should be read by everyone: by the forgotten, hardworking heroes of our desperate economy, who must toil increasingly hard merely to keep the wolf from the door, but also by its villains, who caused all the trouble in the first place. This book is so good it might cause a rare outbreak of shame among the ruling classes..."
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"An openly political, satiric graphic novella that seems ripped from today's cable-TV headlines."
George Gene Gustines - New York Times
"Societal woes are deftly handled...The Adventures of Unemployed Man is a satirical look at politics, the economy and superheroes-though not necessarily in that order."
Laura Miller - Salon.com
"Crammed with clever puns, ingeniously illustrated and garnished with trenchant social commentary, this is surely the funniest economic primer ever written."
David Maine - Popmatter.com
"The Adventures of Unemployed Man is a perfect assessment of the economic difficulties in which many of us find ourselves....the book is both lovingly reminiscent of the comic book circa 1975 and a searing parody of the form."
Library Journal
In Goodnight Bush, Origen and Golan turned Goodnight Moon into a less-than-fond farewell to George W. Here, they take unorthodox economic revenge on Wall Street fat cats with a side-splittingly hilarious tale that's affectionate superhero parody by day and stinging political satire by night. In a country where every citizen is a costumed hero, self-appointed self-help guru The Ultimatum is ejected from his superteam, the Firing Squad, and enters the outcast ranks of the jobless, where he meets student debtor Master of Degrees, single mom Wonder Mother, poor immigrant Fantasma, and others who have tried to get ahead by doing the right thing but find themselves stymied by the Invisible Hand. Meanwhile, the Lemur Brothers, Golden Sack, and the Free Marketeers are hatching a dastardly plot. VERDICT Aided by a top-notch art team (including Rick Veitch and Ramona Fradon), Origen and Golan demonstrate a firm grasp of both economics and comics via incisive spoof ads, biting "Fantastic Facts" features, and spot-on homages to Jack Kirby, EC Comics, and many others. Thoughtful, uproariously witty, and brilliantly successful on every level; one of 2010's best graphic novels.—S.R.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316098823
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/18/2010
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Erich Origen and Gan Golan are writers and artists residing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    Not funny, just sad

    I thought this was going to be funny, after all, it is a comic book. But its just sad. Sure, the names of the characters are funny, but this book is about the recession and how we got here. There is nothing funny about that. It came across as a political statement. And a lot of it needs to be said. But dont get this book if you are expecting to be entertained.

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