The '40 Hour Man' Graphic Novel by Stephen Beaupre and Steve Lafler: Take This Job and Love It!

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This inaugural title from Manx Media is the chronicle of one working stiff’s journey into the minimum wage heart of the American Dream. Is it a career or just a series of lame jobs? It’s all here -- from doing time as a miniature golf lackey, to going bust in the internet boom. Beaupre recounts skirmishes with bad bosses, crazy co-workers, sex, drugs and polyester uniforms as he delineates his quest to find and hang onto a job he can live with.

This inaugural title from Manx Media is the chronicle of one working stiff’s journey into the minimum wage heart of the American Dream. Is it a career or just a series of lame jobs? It’s all here -- from doing time as a miniature golf lackey, to going bust in the internet boom. Beaupre recounts skirmishes with bad bosses, crazy co-workers, sex, drugs and polyester uniforms as he delineates his quest to find and hang onto a job he can live with.

In the beginning, Beaupre is forced to wear a brown polyester cowboy uniform at a western theme steakhouse—it’s no wonder he stole slices of pie for personal consumption. Maneuvering through an array of jobs in steel-toed shoes, he somehow arrives at the white-collar corral in his casual Friday uniform of polo shirt and chinos with benefits intact.

Veteran cartoonist Lafler supplies all the visual hilarity he can muster with his Mad Magazine inspired, slap-happy illustrations.

Stephen Beaupre is best known to comic aficionados as the former co-publisher of the Cat-Head Comics imprint and editor of Buzzard, the 90's preeminent comic anthology. Post-comic pursuits include Beyond the Fringe, a long-running humor column featured in Worcester Magazine, and hard time in the Internet trench as writer/editor for popular online destinations such as Angelfire, Tripod, and Monster.com.

Steve Lafler is the cartoonist behind BugHouse, Baja and Scalawag (all from Top Shelf Productions), a trio of indigo toned graphic novels about bugs playing be-bop jazz.

Attendees of this summer’s Comic Con International in San Diego can join Beaupre and Lafler as they host a publishing celebration for 40 Hour Man on July 20th at the Casbah. The popular alternative rock night spot is located at 2501 Kettner Blvd. in downtown San Diego (phone 619-232-HELL). Manx Media has lined up a bill of psychobilly bands for the occasion, headlined by Deadbolt.

$18.00 USA, Graphic Novel, ISBN 0-9769690-0-9, 6” x 9” 248 pages.

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