Work-Life Balance: Malevolent Managers and Folkloric Freelancers
- About the Creators
When a malevolent multinational arrives on our shores, familiar creatures like pontianaks, manananggals, raksasis, and ba jiao guis are forced out of their jobs. Some give in and sign up for mundane corporate life – but others would rather fight than join the broken-spirited hordes of the (desk)bound.
Benjamin Chee’s comics and Wayne Rée’s prose intertwine in this collection to bring you familiar Asian mythology in an even more familiar setting: the realm of dead-end work, glass ceilings and truly hellish bosses.
"Think you’re stuck working with monsters in your office? Rée & Chee’s Work-Life Balance takes a whole new look at the possibility, using an interesting text/comics balance rarely seen."
—Paul Levitz, DC Comics President & Publisher (2002 - 2009)
"I read Work-Life Balance in one single sitting, then I went back and read all my favourite bits again! This is a tongue-in-cheek paean to the supernatural world of Asia and beyond, lovingly recreated in Benjamin Chee’s breathtakingly intricate set pieces and character designs. The story is full of fun, fast-paced action; taking a breath now and then to ponder upon all the things we (not just momoks) have to sacrifice in pursuit of making a living.”
—Meihan Boey, author of The Formidable Miss Cassidy (Epigram Books Fiction Prize 2021 Co-Winner)
Benjamin Chee works as an artist in games, and creates comics in his free time. He created Charsiew Space, a story about smugglers in spaceships cooking forbidden pork. He has published six other titles since then, and has also been collected in anthologies such as LONTAR Issue #5, Liquid City Vol. 3, Asian Monsters and SOUND: A Comics Anthology. Find him online at www.charsiewspace.com.
Wayne Rée is the co-creator of the prose/comics mash-up, Work-Life Balance, and the short comic about mental health, Worlds Apart: A Conversation About Mental Health. His work’s been included in several fiction publications, most notably Infinite Worlds Magazine and LONTAR Issue #10. He is also the co-creator of the narrative podcast, Ghost Maps. Find him online at www.waynereewrites.com.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 192
Year Published: 2022
Size: 210mm x 148mm