“Diary of a Catering Whore” now available from Northwest Press!

Northwest Press has just released its second digital-only graphic novel through Apple’s iBooks, and its first that is exclusive to digital. Diary of a Catering Whore is a collection of Sean Seamus McWhinny’s web series of the same name, which chronicled the author’s time as a catering waiter in San Francisco, with all the celebrities, frustrations, behind-the-scenes drama that came with it. The book collects the three limited-edition comic books of the series as well as a fourth that has never been available in print.

“The fourth year is almost a summation of the previous three,” says author McWhinny. “Touching on issues of class, politics and showcasing San Francisco as its own character in the series. Whether experiencing the modern day ‘Downton Abbey’ at the Getty house, negotiating through the contentious mood of the SF mayoral race, enjoying a surprising cameo at the Folsom Street Fair, or contending with wine-spitting drunks at a wine show at Fort Mason, there’s a little bit of the glamour and the gutter to be found in the life of the catering waiter.”

Some highlights of the series include run-ins with Björk, Olympia Dukakis, and Rita Moreno, gluttonous guests and the dangers of Sterno™. Along the way, McWhinny manages to explore sexuality, relationships and politics from the other side of the hors d’oeuvre tray.

“Not only was I wooed by his vocabulary,” writes Lacy Telles in a review on PrismComics.org, “but I loved his casual way of talking politics. It isn’t in an ‘above my head’ sort of way, nor in a ‘let me explain this to my buddy’s grade-schooler’ kind of way, but rather in a matter of fact, ‘Seamus assumes you know what he knows about politics’ sort of way.”

“But don’t get me wrong, people,” Telles continues. “Not every strip, not every story, is a jab at San Francisco high society. In ‘Morning after’, McWhinny shows a more serious side. Sure there are still smile inducing, relatable instances like the stranger from the night before blabbering away about chirping nothingness. But there is sincerity in his statement about class difference and the likelihood of a return phone call or a proper date. I appreciate these odd glimpses into the world of a catering whore outside of his catering jobs, especially when they show a slightly less acrid view on life.”

Diary of a Catering Whore is available exclusively on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch through iBooks. You can download a free preview before purchasing the book.

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