This is a long-format comic with an ongoing storyline. It’ll make the most sense if you read it from the beginning. Click here to start with page one, or click an image to jump ahead to all the different chapters.
Welcome to Templar, Arizona. Ben Kowalski is a recent transplant from Yakima, Washington, a writer for a local alternative paper, and a dedicated hermit. In two months in Templar, his only friendships so far have been forced upon him: The acquaintance of a kindergartener named Zoradysis, and the determined attentions of his overbearing and flamboyantly obscene neighbor, Reagan. He needs to get out more, and he’s gonna. Whether he likes it or not.
Sincerism. It’s Templar’s most annoying subculture. How can the refusal to tell even the most casual, harmless lie make a person so intolerable to be around?
Curio lives in King Street, Templar’s ritziest neighborhood. So does her best friend, Tuesday. Her penthouse apartment should be enough for anyone, but young and aimless, Curio longs for the validation of the Low People, Templar’s workin’ stiffs, and the envy of her well-to-do peers in the bargain.
Meanwhile, in Riverside, the spillover from a downtown riot ends up on Ben‘s windowsill. He gets over it. Nobody else does, but there are worse things out there than being mistaken for someone interesting.
Biggs and EJ, an addict and a thief, are dragged, kicking and screaming, from a Reclamation-run squat in the heart of The Oarlock, Templar’s brothel district. Suggestions of future unrest loom over the movement; for a smartass junkie fuck-up, Biggs seems to be a little too in-the-know for his own good.
Gene‘s family are in town, and his friends get to learn all about the Jakeskin, the survivalist cult they belong to. When his friends aren’t around, however, they’ve got some strange plans for Gene.