In 1997, Sean McKeever self-published his very first work, The Waiting Place, a story about the ennui that comes with being a young adult trapped in a town that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. It was soon picked up by Slave Labor Graphics and McKeever along with Brendon and Brian Fraim and then Mike Norton finished the entire saga of the town of Northern Plains and its denizens in three volumes plus an epilogue.
I spend this episode taking a complete look at The Waiting Place, which has been one of my favorite comics coming-of-age stories since I bought the volume one trade in 2001. This includes a full synopsis as well as a review.
You can download the episode via iTunes (search for Two True Freaks Presents: Pop Culture Affidavit) or listen here: Pop Culture Affidavit Episode 49
If you’re interested in buying a copy of The Waiting Place, it’s available at Amazon.com. Here’s the link
As a bonus, here are the covers to all three trades put out by Slave Labor Graphics as well as the IDW “Definitive Edition”:
In case you’re curious as to what music I used in this episode, here are some YouTube clips:
Tori Amos, “Pretty Good Year”
Nine Inch Nails, “Something I Can Never Have”
R.E.M., “You Are The Everything”
The Sundays, “Here’s Where the Story Ends”
Roxy Music, “More Than This”