Haceinda No. 2 by Dave Ortega contains a single stand-alone story, The Getaway. The contestant on a long-running reality competition show has disappeared, and a pair of online tabloid reporters are trying to learn what happened by visiting the notoriously secretive production.
Dave shifts the perspective of the story frequently—often within the same page—from the reporters, to in front of and behind the show’s cameras, to a brutal conflict in the past on an henequen plantation. What is real and what is fabricated bend and blend quickly in this complicated short story. Dave’s naturalistic cartooning and dialogue make for a engrossing read!
Winner, 2023 MICE Mini-Grant