The year is 1956, and Theo is currently living his dream of working in movies as a background painter. The only problem is that he only has the job because he's in a Secret Relationship with one of the studio's talent agents, Jack. And Theo's feelings for Jack are starting to fade. To add to the confusion, his Russian coworker Ivan is showing signs of interest towards him, and Theo then becomes infatuated with his new stage apprentice, Milo. Keep in mind that it's the 1950's and homosexuality -especially in men- wasn't seen with as much acceptance as it does today. To say this could end badly is an understatement.
The series has three chapters with a plot that gets darker as it goes along to each chapter. It was first posted to the public on November 16th, 2015 and ended to said public on January 21st, 2018 with a two-page epilogue posted a week later. Nikko's Patreon supporters were given access to comic page releases a week early.
The links provided on this page are Not Safe for Work. The comic also deals with topics such as domestic abuse, gaslighting, and rape. Viewer's discretion is advised.
This webcomic contains examples of:
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: Pretty much every character that's hinted to be either bi or gay has sex in this series.
- Animal Facial Hair: Ivan can grow a beard and Jack has a pencil mustache.
- Blackmail: Jack uses pictures of the Orgy in chapter three to force Theo to stay with him. Theo does get Jack back though.
- Big Handsome Man: Both Ivan and Jack can fit this department.
- Break the Cutie: Some of the stuff Theo has been thought by the end of the third chapter is pretty screwed up.
- Bungled Suicide: The only reason Jack is alive is that Theo took the bullets out of Jack's gun before he got home. As to why Theo did this is up to interpretation.
- Chekhov's Gun: The way Ivan's beard grows.
- Jack's gun in his safe.
- Coming-Out Story: The majority of the second chapter has this as a major theme.
- Fate Worse than Death: Theo's state-of-mind in the middle of the third chapter.
- How Jack feels after his failed suicide attempt in the epilogue.
- The 50s: Time setting to the comic, and the main driving force used against Theo in the third chapter.
- Gaslighting: Jack set up the whole orgy scene to simply make Theo hate himself and make him stay with Jack, who Theo had stated previously doesn't deserve him. By dragging Theo down to his level, Jack now has full control over him, since Jack doesn't mind being seen as a Jerkass.
- Let's Duet: Theo and Milo make up by singing a duet of A Tea for Two by Dorry Day.
- Porn with Plot
- Primal Scene: A scene with a lot of repercussions.
- Rated M for Manly: A rare drama example, as while the character designs vary from all types of body types, men are usually seen as more muscular or husky then normal, even skinny people like Milo has some definition to them.
- Red Scare: Mainly with Ivan, but people forget that homosexuals were also hunted during this time, dubbed by historians as the "Lavender Scare". So pretty much every major character is affected by this trope in an indirect way.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Theo and Milo in the third chapter.
- Jack in the epilogue.