Written by Ian Herring and Daniel MacIntyre
Art by Ian Herring
One thing I love about TCAF is the way in which it brings exposure to artists and cartoonists I might not hear about, and I'm always willing to take a chance on lower-priced items that look interesting. One book that jumped out at me is Junior Citizens, by Ian Herring and Daniel MacIntyre.
Apparently this is a digital comic that can be read on its tumblr page. This twenty-page comic is the extent of what is available there right now, but I'll be sure to check back for more later, as I enjoyed this comic.
In the world that Herring and MacIntyre have created, it seems that there is a clear caste system in place, with 'junior' citizens having to complete their annual work quota in able to qualify for the benefits of society. We follow one such junior citizen, sent on her first work assignment, to an agricultural platform which is experiencing an equipment malfunction.
We quickly learn, through a helpful and loquacious robot, that the platform should have been decommissioned, but is being kept in operation by its single chief custodian. The woman's attempts to fix things do not go well.
This is a simple enough story, but it has a certain retro charm to it. Herring's art is blocky, but with a deco style to it, and his use of colour and texture is phenomenal. As a first issue, this sets up the situation nicely, and has me interested enough to come back for more. It's worth checking out.