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Unemployed Man

UNEMPLOYED MAN

In better times, Unemployed Man was a hero called The Ultimatum—but after the financial meltdown, he was left with no money, and the U on his suit took on a very different meaning. Now he secretly lives under his former mansion in a cave—Rock Bottom.

He soon teams with Plan B, and other down-but-not-out superheroes, to fight the sinister villains of The Just Us League, including The Human Resource, The Toxic Debt Blob, and The Invisible Hand!

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Wonder Mother

WONDER MOTHER

Fights for working mothers everywhere—in all that "spare time" she has.

After she refused to breastfeed Wonder Baby in the supply closet at FiasCo, she was fired. She now lives in an invisible jet, her last possession—which she built from the nearly indestructible glass ceiling at her former employer’s headquarters.

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PLAN B

This silver-haired sidekick from a bygone era, Plan B has helped countless superheroes keep both feet on the ground.

After The Broker made a joke of his 401K, he can't afford to retire—but most heroes won't hire him because of his age. After meeting Unemployed Man in a job line, he soon becomes his new sidekick.

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Master of Degrees

MASTER OF DEGREES

A perpetual graduate student who can explain just about anything, but can't pay his student loans. Sometimes overly academic, he explains the subtext of the battle as it rages (typical old-school-comic-book style).

 

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Fantasma

FANTASMA

Unrecognized by society for her contributions, unseen for her basic humanity, and often undetected by authorities, Fantasma is The Invisible Girl from Oaxaca.

She's an economic refugee whose family—generations of corn farmers—was defeated after NAFTA by The Subsidizer and The Invisible Hand.

Like a ghost, she knows how to hide herself and disappear. But like a ninja, she uses the tools of her trade (cleaning supplies) as martial arts weapons.

 

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Fellowman

FELLOWMAN

Fellowman is a cross between classic Superman and a dreadlocked Rasta. He has the power of empathic conductivity. He can make people feel the pain (or other emotions) they've caused others through the sense of touch.

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Ducto

DUCTO

He can fix ANYTHING!

A former General Supermotors worker whose job went "POOF!" thanks to The Outsourcerer. Then his pension disappeared thanks to The Invisible Hand. He serves as the team's de facto mechanic and medic.

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Zilch

ZILCH

One guess what Zilch is worth.

Zilch gives a new meaning to the word unprepossessing—his only possession is his barrel. But having nothing to lose makes him a formidable fighter.

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Good Grief

GOOD GRIEF

She shrinks your pain!

A laid-off public school grief counselor who was defeated by The Invisible Hand’s sinister Budget Axe, Good Grief now serves as the go-to therapist for struggling superheroes everywhere.

Her emblem is a radiant broken heart with a lightning bolt down the middle. Her belt is stocked with vials of aromatherapy, which she use to instantly make everyone chill.

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Everyman

EVERYMAN

Everyman is the New Deal hero who has the ability to draw masses of people together for a common purpose. He helped form the original Just Great Society. Plan B was once his sidekick.

Everyman is believed to be dead. Or is he? One thing is certain: He's been missing for over 30 years.

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White Rage

WHITE RAGE

You wouldn't like him when he's ANGRY!!!!

White Rage has a right to be angry. The only problem is, his rage is completely misdirected at the very things that would stop his rage. See his origin story -- click on the image on the right.

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The Boot

THE BOOT

The Boot is a core member of The Firing Squad (a team that includes Pink Slip, Downsizer, Outsourcerer, and The Human Resource). He's responsible for delivering the coupe d' grace to freshly discharged employees. After a politic conversation with The Human Resource, The Boot enters to kick you—and possibly thousands of others—out of the building. His boot is massively disproportional to his body.

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Pink Slip

PINK SLIP

She's the attractive lady who will never talk to you—until the moment The Man sends her in to let you know your position has been eliminated. She wears a pink slip.

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Outsourcerer

THE OUTSOURCERER

He makes your job go POOF! Magical master of the margin & global supply chain illusionist. With a wave of his magic wand, all costs disappear!

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Human Resource

THE HUMAN RESOURCE

Unemployed Man's on-again, off-again seductress and nemesis. She has a co-dependent relationship with The Man, and is always seductively threatening to lay people off by the thousands.

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Cobra

COBRA

HISSSS!!! I'VE GOT YOU COVERED!

The health insurance dealer who keeps the unemployed on a steady drip of private insurance plans.

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Plaztik

PLAZTIK

His stretchy limbs wrap around and entrap his victims like twisted rubber bands. He encourages people to "Just put it on the card!" then he mumbles some legalese so fast you can't hear it. He's become more and more powerful over the last 30 years. As he puts it, "I'm not evil, no. I'm necessary evil."

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Nickel 'n' Dime

NICKEL & DIME

Evil pair of silent killers behind such sinister plots as ATM fees and value added tax.

Once they've done the deed, they rejoice in throwing it in your face—literally bashing you over the head with bags of nickels and dimes. “You just got Nickel 'n' Dimed, biyotch!"

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Loophole

LOOPHOLE

A superhero corporate lawyer with a massive hole in his head, through which he can suck documents, material evidence, regulations, taxes, fines, fees, and anything else he doesn't like, into oblivion. He works closely with Snow Job and Zero Sum.

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The Broker

THE BROKER

A psychopathic trader who laughs his way to riches when the market goes up or down. He works closely with The Hedge and The Thumb.

He's 100% amoral. Oh, and he also chooses the celebrities who ring the bell at the X-Change.

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Free Marketeers

THE FREE MARKETEERS

ALL FOR THE FEW! THE REST FOR YOU!

The Free Marketeers are a supergroup, like Menudo, with constantly changing members. Current members: GUTTERBALL (Timothy Geithner), RUEBEN (Robert Rubin), and SUMMERHOUSE (Larry Summers).

In addition to saving the world, these geniuses are key advisers to presidents past and present. You can see them in action on a few pages of the preview.

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The Man

THE MAN

Who's The Man? He's The Man.

Sinister CEO who serves on every board known to man. Right hand man of The Thumb. Former boss of Unemployed Man, Wonder Mother, and many others at FiasCo.

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THE NERVE

THE NERVE

The Nerve appears when people are so taken aback by what's happening that they're forced to declare: "THE NERVE!"

Precisely.

He has the power to make people feel extremely nervous, anxious, distraught ...unnerved.

He looks like a walking chart of the nervous system from your doctor's office. Not coincidentally, he likes to turn your financial problem into a debilitating health condition.

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The Thumb

THE THUMB

Ever feel like you're "Under The Thumb?"

Exactly.

The Thumb is the evil mastermind behind The Just Us League and part of the mystical force, The Invisible Hand.

He's the author of such bestselling business books as, "Shake The Invisible Hand" and "There is No Escape, There is No Alternative."

At The Hall of Just Us—villainous headquarters and recreational day spa—he runs meetings efficiently and effectively with the help of Power Point, Laissez Fairy, and The Nerve.

...AND MANY MORE CHARACTERS WHO APPEAR IN THE BOOK,
BUT ARE NOT PICTURED HERE...

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