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March 20, 2018 6:41 PM   Subscribe

Ethan Persoff (creator of comic book scan collection Comics with Problems, the full archive of scans of underground newspaper The Realist and award-winning 2001 webcomic Teddy) is currently working on a synth music/comics project, THE BUREAU. Consisting of a series of comic panels, each accompanied by a music track, The Bureau depicts (in real-time) an ordinary humdrum day in the life of an office worker. Except the day turns out to not be quite so ordinary. Also, something is very wrong with the world, but that goes without saying. New update every weekday.

The Bureau's main page includes a link to its Soundcloud page with chapter and whole-thing albums for seamless listening, and the Wiggler link links to a forum post with links to production notes.
posted by BiggerJ (5 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
 
The Realist what archive now what do what? OMG! How have I never heard of this! And there's a print book!

Possibly I am not spending my time on the internet wisely, or perhaps I need to spend more time on the internet, or maybe I am a forgetful old coot who did once hear of this.
posted by mwhybark at 9:51 PM on March 20 [2 favorites]


This is really excellent. Thank you for sharing.
posted by sibboleth at 9:10 AM on March 21


Yeah, indeed. This is a lot of interesting work.

The Reddit thread on the equipment used is pretty nuts.

This one about being attacked by project managers had me laughing.

And on principle, I'm for any soundtrack that includes an entire track dedicated to a sandwich.

Fun going through all of this, thanks.
posted by Peter H at 10:27 AM on March 21


> Possibly I am not spending my time on the internet wisely, or perhaps I need to spend more time on the internet, or maybe I am a forgetful old coot who did once hear of this.

I second that emotion. Off to get lost in The Realist now!
posted by languagehat at 11:34 AM on March 21 [1 favorite]


l-hat, the Fantagraphics book might be worth yo dolla, fwiw. I got it via a certain dominant online retailer at a considerable discount, make of that what you will, and the book, which is roughly the size of a heavy stack of 12-inch LPs, opens with an extended essay by Krassner on his time poking American social norms and enforcement mechanisms with a stick and cackling in glee. It's essentially designed as a coffeetable book, including an impractical 2/3 wrap cover. I wonder how my preadolescent life would have affected my later development if this book had been amongst the Feiffer and Addams tomes. Maybe not at all, which not to say I am not digging the book. I wish it was physically lighter and had an integrated download code so I could read it on my iPad and not have to be concerned about oiling up the pages and so forth.
posted by mwhybark at 5:03 PM on March 23 [1 favorite]


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