Start Reading Now: The Line
I’m a pushover for stories set in restaurants, from memoirs to Iron Wok Jan to the British series Chef, so The Line is right up my alley. Written by Kevin Church and drawn by Paul Salvi, it features the sort of over-the-top characters we have come to expect in a restaurant comed y— the coked-out chef (who, in an additional twist, has Asperger syndrome), the long-suffering manager and a back-of-the-house cast that ranges from helpful to fierce. Linda Park gets tossed into all this when chef Paul Greenfield gets her fired from her job at a pizza joint and hires her to work at his fancy French restaurant. Of course, he was drunk at the time, so when she shows up for work he remembers nothing of it. Fortunately for Linda, he has done this before, so the rest of the staff takes it in stride.
The first chapter details her first day as the hostess, which starts out bad and spirals upward into a great, flaming heap of disaster; the next two episodes take on a visit from a guerrilla TV show and an unfortunate deal with a Groupon-style social media coupon. The comic is less about food than about the nuts and bolts of running a restaurant, and it’s a fine little workplace comedy. The first print comic just came out and will be available at Heroes Con as well as online.