Inhuman Relations

About

Inhuman Relations is a slice-of-life comic strip about a bunch of characters living in the Greater Atlantic City area of southern New Jersey. It is drawn by some loser whose life somewhat mirrors this setup.

If you find yourself wandering through the archives, unsure of who is saying what to whom and why, here is a field guide to the aforementioned bunch of characters:

Fred lives in a shack in the New Jersey pine barrens, drives a junker car that habitually breaks down, and has few friends and relations. He is, therefore, an ideal protagonist for a penny-ante internet comic strip such as this.
Maureen (alternatively "Mo", "Reeny" and "Maria", depending on who you ask) hails from the storied land of Lebanon, though she's fully embraced the American way of life, particularly its vast library of grade-z horror and exploitation movies. Lives with her mother in a dilapidated postwar housing development.
Tirzah is Maureen's spacey and neurotic friend. Retains marginal self-awareness which keeps her from lapsing into full-blown obnoxiousness. She and Fred can't stand each other.
Slavko is Fred's best pal since childhood. Formerly the owner of a neighborhood bar, where he knew all of his customers by name ... especially since his only customer was Fred. Currently, he is the proprietor of a historically significant and very tiny restaurant in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, appropriately named "The Pine Baron Restaurant".
Mother Chahoud is Maureen's cantankerous and heavily-accented Lebanese mother.
Jerry is Tirzah's coworker / ex-boyfriend / former friend / current awkward acquaintance.
Inga is best described as "Doris Day meets Pinochet". Wannabe political power player. Co-owner of the Pine Baron Restaurant, along with Gladys and Slavko.
   
Tirzah's dad, who is a union man.
Tirzah's mom is easily annoyed, by her husband, by Tirzah, by anybody really.
Gladys is a former fortune teller who married Slavko's uncle, and now she is a member of the local municipal government.
"Uncle Boris" is Slavko's creepy and mysterious uncle. Not much is known of Boris, other than he seems to control an astonishing amount of wealth and political power in the greater Atlantic City area. Don't make him mad.