Official Press Release
Benton “Bags” Bagswell could be the most unaccomplished chores-for-hire handyman in London. He is completely content in doing nothing with his life. That is, until the day his girlfriend dumps him and he finds himself in possession of a mysterious videotape. Thrust into a dangerous world of deceit and betrayal, it’s up to Bags to pick himself up off the bar floor and hit the road in search of the truth! LABOR DAYS is a globe-trotting hijinks, surreal comedic adventure as our unlikely hero tries to grow out of his slacker life style and into the enigma that’s blown up his former existence!
“We were so fortunate to get this pitch,” said Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones. “Philip Gelatt is an undiscovered talent and Rick Lacy is one of our favorite artists. LABOR DAYS is like THE BIG LEBOWSKI, GET SMART, and DIE HARD all rolled into one book. Hysterical antics, good plot, action packed, and over the top. We’re really excited about this book.”
“Bags is like Jeffrey Lebowski… if he thought he was John McClane,” commented Marketing Director Cory Casoni. “I love the characters in LABOR DAYS. They’re some of the best you’ll ever find in a character-driven story like this. Quirky and bizarre, even the bad guys are lovable!”
“LABOR DAYS is like a smoothie made up of James Bond movies, mid-twenties malaise, and toss-away scraps of social theory. Blended with an heroic amount of booze and an epic amount of fantastic artwork. Mmmm booze and malaise,” joked writer Philip Gelatt. “Writing LABOR DAYS was a lot of fun, mostly because it has lots of characters I wish actually existed. In fact, sometimes I forget that we just made Bags up. I pull my phone out and try to call him and then have to sheepishly put it away.”
“This book has taught me a lot.” said artist Rick Lacy. “And I taught it a number of things right back! ‘I’m Rick Lacy, damn it, and you’re not!’ I would say to it. People would stare. But I didn’t care. Because they’ll know when they read it. They’ll all know… I guess this book has made me a bit insane. But it was the best fun I’ve ever had drawing it.”
“I really love revolution as a concept, or a dramatic concept at least,” concluded Gelatt. “And LABOR DAYS is about a bunch of people who are all after their own revolutions and fail to get them. And one guy who isn’t after any revolution at all ends up finding one.”
144 black-&-white pages of comedic adventure for only $11.95, LABOR DAYS VOLUME 1, hits stores this October like a ton of bricks. Let’s hope nothing gets broken, because even though he’s a handy-man… Bags probably can’t fix it.