Shortly after Earth makes First Contact with alien life, an accountant named Ted Musagi, having always dreamed of going into space, applies for a job with an alien fuel company. Unfortunately, an accounting job on a space station turns out to be roughly the same as an accounting job on Earth...just with lots of weirder co-workers.
Not to be confused with the 90's TV series Space Cases.
This webcomic provides examples of:
- Aliens Steal Cable: Phranc's species, the Zedzelnines, apparently pioneered the study of Earth television, which helps explain their cultural similarities.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Boss.
- First Contact: The series begins with Ted watching TV as aliens make contact with Earth.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Parodied with Phranc, a curvy, bikini-clad alien who would fulfill this trope perfectly...except that he's a macho man from a culture where gender tropes tend to be reversed.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Though technically only the head of accounting, Imel is actually the only who keeps the whole space station running.
- Interchangeable Asian Cultures: When Japanese-American Ted first meets Imel, she tries to address him in Chinese. To be fair, that's pretty close for someone not experienced with humans.
- Pointy-Haired Boss: The Boss, apparently—Imel claims that even if Ted could understand his language, he probably just said gibberish anyway.
- Punny Name/My Nayme Is: "Phranc."
- Starfish Language: The Boss speaks a language too obscure for the Universal Translator.
- Straight Man: Imel."If your remark was meant to be humorous, I can assure you it was lost in translation."
- Token Human: The plot is basically about one of these in an alien company.
- Universal Translator: Name tags can translate alien languages, allowing everyone at the Fantastic Speed Fuel Company to understand each other. (Except the Boss.)
- Un Sound Effect: UNCEREMONIOUS.