Total Monsoon is the culmination and finale to our Endless Monsoon
project. This 310 page risograph comix anthology with screen printed
cover contains the entire arc of our series, and also includes brand new
content in the form of interstitial comics between books, interviews,
and very special foreword by Robert Boyd.
Produced at a larger size of approximately 7.25″ x 10.5″, this
perfect bound publication was a definite challenge to produce!
Originally slated for release in late 2017, we had to delay until spring
of 2018 due to the flooding of our studio during Hurricane Harvey.
Luckily, our trusty Risograph GR3750 was able to avoid damage during the
storm, and we were able to resume printing after rehabilitating our
space with the aid of friends and family.
Special thanks to everyone who helped to make this project a reality; we really appreciate the support!
Very Pleasant Transit Center is the final chapter in the Endless Monsoon saga. Angela and Jess are reunited and managing a more stable existence. Jess is entranced by an old duplex and becomes obsessed with finding a way to purchase the home and build toward her dream of security. Will she prevail? Meanwhile, the city is experiencing a particularly harsh summer and the rise of a new, mosquito-transmitted virus. Will everyone survive unscathed?
The comic was also the inspiration for an installation that the Emergency Room and the Comic Art Teaching and Study Workshop of Rice University presented in November of 2016. From the press release:
Very Pleasant Transit Center is both an installation and a comic book of the same name. The comic book, VPTC, is the fourth installment of the ongoing series Endless Monsoon, written and illustrated by Sarah Welch. The Endless Monsoon narrative follows the everyday lives of two female protagonists set in an exaggerated vision of the Gulf Coast as subtropical swamp. The exploits and vignettes chronicled in the books are an unabashed jumble of first person experience, borrowed, and invented episodes. The installation Very Pleasant Transit Center replicates a bus stop featured in the comic and functions as a reading room for visitors to experience the book within.
In Chapter 3 of the Endless Monsoon story, Jess’ housing situation has been disrupted yet again. We find her living in a less than copacetic arrangement with her brother and continuing to struggle with the search for employment, stability, and purpose in life. A chance visit with Angela improves things and bolsters her ability to move forward. Jess’ sympathy for her complex, swampy city grows.
This part comic, part art-zine features many lush drawings of
highways and industrial wastelands. Set somewhere in Southeast Texas,
two friends negotiate their lives in the sub-tropical, semi-swamp.