A graphic novel telling the story of a farm commune in a near future post-petroleum America. The protagonist, Abram, is the “Left Hand” of the Boxridge Table. He is tasked with maintaining order and safety against external threats, which include marauding swarms of dangerous insects. Abram’s job becomes more complex when a lethal accident is discovered to have been a murder. The establishment of community and family groups is a major theme in this book. Abram is isolated, and he combats this isolation by participating in the rituals and structures that bind him to a larger entity. Like many other characters in the book, Abram is haunted by his own past and the shared history of his community. Some of the Table’s structures are medieval in nature, and Abram must deal with the gap between justice and social cohesion.
Orion Wertz has been writing and illustrating comics since the late 90’s. He grew up in Pittsburgh, and lived in various places in Pennsylvania, Illinois and New York City, moving around for school and then jobs. Currently he resides in Columbus, Georgia, where he is a Professor of Art at Columbus State University. He leads happy, settled life with a house, a caring wife and son, a dog.