There’s not much that can be said about a collection like this one, due to the fact that they’re mostly three-panel strips with storylines that last for six strips only.
But, anyone who’s been cubicled or who has worked in the corporate or public service worlds will likely be able to relate to the situations contained herein: it’s bursting with sad -but mordant- truths about our inability to make sense of the world we live in, to communicate with each other and to find meaning in our lives.
I think it’s a terrific strip, but I’m disheartened to see that, 15 years later, much of the insanity and chaos inhabiting this book still surrounds us in the workplace daily. If anything, a book like this should serve as a cautionary tale, as a wake-up call of what could be, not as a reflections of what is.
But, for the frustrated and disillusioned, at least it shows us that we’re not isolated in our struggles with the beast that is The Man. And that can be comforting – all the while being extremely, extremely funny. Burst-out-loud funny, actually.