Will Volley-credit-RAPHAEL-WHALLEY

The Opportunity

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A modern-day Death of a Salesman, this thrilling debut graphic novel casts a spotlight on the unforgiving world of door-to-door selling.

Colin is an ambitious door-to-door salesman on the verge of ‘making it’ as the owner of his own sales office. And the future is looking good.

First thing I’m going to buy when I get my own office is a Porsche Boxster…

But when the terms of his promotion change without warning, Colin and his team find themselves with just five days to achieve a new sales target – and to prevent his rival, Paul, from being promoted in his stead. Colin has to keep his disgruntled team from ‘negging out’ while a gang of ruthless debt collectors are getting even closer. Of course, everything is going to be fine, more than fine, in fact. Meanwhile, he runs out of coins in the phone box and the boss isn’t taking his calls.

As Colin’s grasp on reality dissolves, we see how the relentless focus on positive thinking – in the face of exploitative management, pay and conditions – leads to delusion, vulnerability, failure and, finally, human tragedy.

Set amidst the rain-lashed estates of southern England, The Opportunity is a darkly disturbing, stylish and compelling character study, set to become a classic of graphic noir.

Broken Frontier: Comic of the Week

6 April 2016
This darkly pensive character study is brought to the page with gritty visual realism and a broodingly atmospheric pacing. Another astute publishing choice by Myriad creative director Corinne Pearlman.
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The Quietus

Gritty urban noir... This is an impressive debut from a promising author.
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This is one of those gleefully painful reads. On the one hand, I felt myself feeling rather sorry for the increasingly desperate Colin, yet at the same time revelling in the torments of such a completely self-centred egomaniac… Self-delusion, compounded by greed, it’s not usually a recipe for a happy life. But it does make for great comics!... tremendously accomplished illustration.    
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