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Huey P. Long Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-01-11 10:35 AM
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14. It really is. And well thought out and planned!

The storyboard(Photo by Katie Sokoler/Gothamist)

With golden-age graphics, the graphic novel tells the tale of a 1-percenter who morphs into the other 99. In the book, playboy billionaire The Ultimatum, a motivational vigilante who sees poverty as a symptom of poor mental hygiene, gets booted from his own company and becomes a job-seeker beset by debt, bankruptcy, a lack of health care and a bad FICO score.

He becomes Unemployed Man and is joined by a trusty, silver-haired sidekick called Plan B and other down-but-not-out superheroes. The book, described by its creators as a traumedy, delivers a somewhat promising ending.

Stories are a powerful way to guide us and keep us strong, Golan said.

For an out-of-work guy, Unemployed Man definitely has his hustle on. When the graphic novel came out, Origen, a writer/artist, and Golan, a writer/activist, custom-ordered the title characters orange-and-blue costume from a fetish site for about $200 and sold signed copies of the book on the streets of San Francisco. (Golan says fetish sites are the way for DIY superheroes to go just remember to ask the manufacturers to cut an opening where the face should be. The resulting full-body suit is very comfortable, he says.)

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