Strip 601 -- First Seen: 2013-05-17
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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
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The Transcript For This Page
Nigel, Buford, Nicole, and Murphy are standing in a causeway. Nigel is holding a Screen and Murphy is pointing to it.
Murphy: It turns out four of the families are Beltapes, and three are Baselines, and one are Spyders.
Murphy: I've transmitted the Beltapes' addresses to your Screen, you interview them. Nicole and I will handle the others.
Nigel and Buford sitting in the living room of a middle-aged Beltape couple.
Beltape father: Hannah felt something was wrong and insisted we get a second examination.
Beltape mother (Hannah): The new examiner – a Dr. Foster – confirmed it was a stroke, but it seemed odd to him, too.
Nicole and Murphy in another living room, talking to a middle-aged man and a teenaged girl.
Man: So the examiner took a sample for analysis.
Girl: But later he said there was nothing unusual – it was just one of those things.
Nigel and Buford in another living room interviewing a lone woman Beltape.
Woman: When I t'ink about it, Dr. Greenberg seemed a bit, well, pensive.
Woman: Like he had somet'ing on his mind but didn't want to say.
Nicole and Murphy in yet another living room, talking with two men, one looks about 20 years older than the other.
Younger man: I wanted to press the issue – but Dad talked me out of it.
Older man: What's done is done, and picking at the wound won't help it heal.
The father and son begin bickering, while Nicole and Murphy exchange glances.
Younger man: The 'gift' Vesta Vista sent us certainly helped you heal.
Older man: You gotta be practical, Michael! That cash'll help us start our dream business!
Younger man: Your dream.
Buford and Nigel stand outside a doorway, behind which an annoyed male Beltape stands, with a female crying into his shoulder.
Male Beltape: Whatever you're after, get lost!
Male Beltape: My daughter has suffered enough!
Back in the causeway, Nigel, Buford, Nicole and Murphy have a quick huddle.
Buford: We got to t'ree out of four ...
Nigel: I … I feel completely drained.
Nicole: Do we have enough now?
Murphy: First thing tomorrow we'll go see Nina's supervisor.
Story Contents © 2012 Scott Bieser
Framing Graphics © 2012 Big Head Press