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Joyeux Noël, Ultra Chômeur

Les Adventures D'Ultra Chomeur

Wishing a hearty Joyeux Noël to Ultra Chômeur! I put on some Christmas dance music for you, and if you give it a minute, it’ll start snowing—don’t worry, both the music and the snow are FREE! Forecast says the snow should let up on January 4th. Until then, Happy Holidays to you and yours, mon ami! Continue Reading →

Unemployed Man Lands in France

Unemployed Man can add international travel to his résumé, because the French edition of The Adventures of Unemployed Man—Les Adventures D’Ultra Chômeur—is now available in France! 

In many ways, the cognitive dissonance in the book is even funnier in the elegant French language. There’s another interesting thing about the French version…

In English, an “unemployed” man is defined by what he doesn’t have. He is simply un-employed. As a consequence of this, Unemployed Man struggles to see himself as anything other than “worthless.” Amazingly, in French, an unemployed person still has an identity as a human being! There’s even a gender-neutral word for it: chômeur

For the English title, to emphasize the humor, we did consider Ultra Unemployed Man and Super Unemployed Man, but unemployed man was already a long name. In French? Ultra Chômeur. Perfect.

Unemployed Man Headed to France

They say hope is a gift you give to yourself, but it helps to get an admiring message from a publisher in France who is translating your work—in this case, The Adventures of Unemployed Man. That’s right, in an effort to improve Franco-American relations, the book is being published in France for the first time, and really, it could be published in America TODAY and still be completely relevant. In the meantime, Gan and I will learn how to speak French from Jemaine and Bret by watching this video over and over again.

Now Appearing in Occupy Love

I was proud to see the heroes from The Adventures of Unemployed Man make a brief appearance in this trailer for Occupy Love. Specifically, when someone says the words “massive uprising of creativity.” Check it out.

LA Review of Books: The Adventures of Unemployed Man

Unemployed Man vs. Superlotto

The LA Review of Books had this to say about The Adventures of Unemployed Man

Let me tell you, nothing focuses one’s attention on the plight of the unemployed like humiliating, disorienting, emasculating unemployment, even if, now, the sting of it is mitigated by its sheer commonness. Who doesn’t know of horrible stories of rejection, tales of wholesale destruction of careers? For the last few years I’ve watched the slow-motion slaughter of the careers of my journalist friends, many of whom lost their jobs because of the super villainous machinations of one of the most despised men in journalism, The Zell, CEO of our dear, bankrupt hometown paper, the Los Angeles Times. Who among us, newspaper readers all, has not wanted to punch Zell in the kisser? And even so, he’s only a sidekick to the most evil of the bunch — Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch, the Darkseid of CEO’s — overseeing a ghoulish army of merciless minions impersonating journalists. As our time descends into economic chaos and general mayhem, the world often seems like an outsized comic book. And those who speak with the loudest and most hysterical voices seem as determined as any supervillain to set the entire country aflame.

The Adventures of Unemployed Man, by Erich Origen and Gan Golan, looks at the current economic tragedy with a comic book sensibility and a populist world view, bringing to mind the inventive genius of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, with a 1960s underground-comic vibe, wit, and good nature. It tells the story of the economic decline of the United States through the travails of the vainglorious Ultimatum, a Batman-like character, who is at first a defender of the status quo, branding unto the foreheads of the unfortunate a reminder in the shape of a U that they are solely responsible for their economic misfortune, but a moment’s painful awakening reveals his naivete and how rigged and unfair the economic system is, and everything is torn from him — including his standing in his father’s former company, his palatial estate, and his fortune. He becomes the Unemployed Man! Beaten and bested at every turn, he finds refuge among the denizens of Cape Town, penniless superheroes who have formed a squatter’s camp. Eventually, Unemployed Man finds himself in the middle of rebellion against the unmitigated greed of Just Us, a villainous super group of CEOs, hedge fund operators, and Wall Street brokers.” —Jervey Tervalon, LA Review of Books