In the ‘Power Nap’ Future, No One Sleeps Except the Last Sane Man on Earth
By Lauren Davis
2011 will go down in history as the year that American corporations won the same First Amendment rights as flesh and blood human beings, spawning dystopian visions of a corporation-controlled future. Really, though, companies don’t need dubious constitutional protections to ruin your life. In the workaholic future of Maritza Campos and Bachan’s webcomic Power Nap, an all-powerful mega-corporation (aptly named “The Corporation, Inc.”) has conquered the world with Z-Sups, a drug that eliminates the need for sleep. Everyone takes Z-Sups, from the grinning cubicle monkey to the itinerant barista, who then must work 18-hour shifts to pay for their sleepless habit.
Everyone, that is, except Drew. Drew’s deathly allergic to Z-Sups, which means he’s one of the few people left on Earth who requires a full eight hours of shuteye. And he’s not sure if his lack of sleeplessness is driving him nuts, or if it’s keeping him sane while the world collapses around him.
Campos is no stranger to oddball ideas. Her long-running “funky horror” webcomic, College Roomies from Hell!!! (launched in 1999, when webcomics were still shaking off their primordial ooze), is filled to the brim with soul cats, werecoyotes, mutated college students, supervillain stepparents, evil calculus teachers and the Devil’s avocado. In Power Nap, Campos opts for a higher concept lunacy flavored with bits of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.