BENSON'S CUCKOOS — by Anouk RicardDrawn & Quarterly
Text & illustrations: Anouk Ricard
Editor: Drawn & Quarterly
Size: 5.83 x 9.45 inches
Pages: 96 pages
Workplace stresses may be killer in this off-the-rails office satire
Richard thinks he's in luck when he snags a job at the cuckoo-clock factory, but things start to go wrong right off the bat. First of all there's his boss, who doesn't seem to have the strongest grip on reality and has an odd penchant for silly hats. Then there are his coworkers, who are alternately evasive and idiotic when asked about anything pertaining to actually getting work done. Finally there's George, the employee Richard's replacing, who supposedly quit but whose family has just appeared on national TV pleading for his safe return. It's all adding up to a very strange workplace, and when the company goes on a retreat, everything spools quickly out of control.