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-- First Seen: 2012-05-11
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QUANTUM VIBE Volume 1 on sale June 3
QUANTUM VIBE fans wanting a print collection for their bookshelves need only wait a little longer. Big Head Press announces that QUANTUM VIBE Volume 1: Nicole will be available for sale on June 3.
The trade paperback volume presents the first 400 strips of the popular web-comic, from the opening scene in the L-5 space city to the end of the Luna arc. It weighs in at 246 pages at a 6.69x9.25 inch trim size, and features an original cover by Scott Bieser. A brief appendix includes the "motivational poster art" which appears in the Aldrinopolis Jail backgrounds.
"I will always be grateful to Big Head Press for giving me this opportunity to develop and publish QUANTUM VIBE, which has been a dream project of mine for several years," said writer/artist Scott Bieser. "I hope fans will be as pleased with the print version as I am."
QUANTUM VIBE is the story of a young woman, Nicole Oresme, who takes a job with "mad scientist" Seamus O'Murchadha on a project he hopes will free humanity from the confines of a Solar System which has been largely settled in the year 2523 C.E. (or 566 S.A., as people in that time reckon the years). The project takes them on a grand tour of the Solar System, where they meet strange and wonderful people and have thrilling adventures.
The book will be available from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com, as well as directly from the BigHeadPress.com website. It is distributed by Ingram Content Group. List price is $14.95.
Meanwhile, back at Amazon.com
Mike Baron's action-noir-thriller prose novels are getting great reviews. Here's a sampling of what some readers and comics pros are saying about them:
"If you want action, you'll definitely find it in this yarn about a cop and a motorcycle gang joining forces to battle a demon biker with a big-ass sword who's been murdering people on the rural roads of southern Illinois for years. Helmet Head is considered to be a legend among bikers, but the characters in this book discover that he's all too real." --James Reasoner
Baron fan from Day One! He delivers raw action in a fast paced story that will keep you turning pages till the pages are done. This is the guy who showed me how it's done back when he was on the Punisher at Marvel." --Chuck Dixon
"This is pure Grindhouse and I mean that in the best possible way. When I was a child, I would go to the local drive-in and be exposed to a whole series of films that psychologists everywhere would advise against showing to a boy of my young age -- and now you know why I turned out like this. I've always loved grade-b horror, as a result, with all the over-the-top blood and sex that accompanies those kinds of things. Helmet Head fits in perfectly with that, telling the story of a good copy named Fagan who ends up involved with not only a gang of tough outlaw bikers but with an urban legend involving a motorcycle-riding, katana-wielding undead Nazi with a penchant for beheading people." --Barry Reese
"In Whack Job, Mike Baron mixes thrillers, political satire and weird adventure to produce a fast-paced, engaging tale of assassination and international high-stakes gamesmanship. As Otto (codename Aardvark) digs into this problem, he finds things are nothing like he expects. He's thrown into a world he doesn't recognize or understand, making contact with conspiracy buffs, gamer geeks and computer hackers, all in an effort to dig beneath the surface of this unfolding scheme." --Drew Bittner
"The story never feels rushed. Baron lets it grow naturally while also keeping the reader engaged. Baron uses his time writing comics to his advantage, since he definitely has a keen on eye on pacing and how to keep the pages turning. The plot really goes full-bore, so to speak, as White makes a connection that’s been missed before: that there might be a link between all the cases and a mysterious campground/think tank." --Bruce Grossman
These titles are available in both Kindle and print formats. Check 'em out!
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Pilgrim Boner, dressed in dark trousers and waistcoat over white shirt with rolled-up sleeves, in a workshop. Arrayed on a table before him is a model of the development he is planning, 'The Delancy Underground.' The development is in a tunnel about 50 meters wide, 25 meters tall, and 150 meters long, curved along a gentle side-ways arc. A broad, green, tree-lined pedestrian promenade runs along the arc, flanked by rows of chic boutiques, art galleries, trendy cafes, etc. In the model, the tunnel is represented by rocky sides going up half-way on both sides, and a glassine, transparent covering representing the upper part of the tunnel. At this moment Pilgrim is gazing at the model admiringly.
Caption: Pilgrim's pet project was The Delancy Underground.
Caption: When completed it would be a green pedestrian promenade passing between rows of chic boutiques, art galleries, trendy cafes and his own, Seuls les Végétaliens, a strict-vegan restaurant.
Cut to: A full-length shot of SANDERIGE KASTEEL, a Boer-type wearing miner-style clothes and standing on a small stage in front of a faux-brick wall under a spotlight. We can see silhouettes of some people sitting around small tables, watching him perform his stand-up comedy routine.
Caption: As the projects developed, the 'locals,' as members of the Massachusetts Contingent called them -- began to take notice.
Caption: One of them, Sanderige Kasteel, a Boer miner with a part-time standup comedy show, dubbed them the 'Mascons.'
Kasteel: ... because of their excessive 'gravitas.'
Kasteel and a companion -- lets make him a black Jamaican -- are hanging out in Kasteel's apartment, drinking beers and browsing Tanglenet on their portable holoscreens.
Companion: Hey mon, check this press release from Pilgrim Boner:
Companion: He says you want to 'deprive Vestians of culture.'
Both men laughing.
Kasteel: Ha-ha-ha! What a stuffed shirt!
Kasteel: But that gives me an idea ...
We are in a rocky tunnel, with ceramic bracings and a floor. Two men (one of them is Pilgrim, dressed more or less as in the workshop scene) with their backs to us are looking at a billboard posted on the tunnel wall. It needs to be large enough to contain the following:
The Vesta Brayers proudly present an original play
by Sanderige Kasteel:
Pilgrim's Progress: from This World to That Which Is to Come
Starring Sanderige Kasteel as
Pelgrim Slagter, a Dutch New Yorker
on a quest to intellectually and culturally
'terraform' the planetoid 46 Hestia.
This 4day at 80 centimes
Vesta Miners Association Meeting Hall
Caption: And so, on the tunnel wall across from the Odeum Center:
Two-shot of Pilgrim and one of his friends, reacting to the poster. Pilgrim looks enraged, holding up clenched fists before him. He hisses through gritted teeth.
Pilgrim: I will consult my lawyers!