Today on Quantum Vibe:
A classic model
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First Seen: Mon 2012-07-30
Story & Art: Scott Bieser
Sci-Fi Adventure Monday thru Friday.
Lee Oaks presents THUNDER MONKEY! [ Jun 14, 2016 ]
He's not from our world. His sister is annoying. His skin explodes. When he punches something it goes KA-BOOM! Meet THUNDER MONKEY.
THUNDER MONKEY: The Young Years is a comic-book funded via Kickstarter by Lee Oaks, the artist for BHP's sci-fi adventure strip Escape From Terra. It is an all-ages comic with a lead character Lee describes as "Curious George with superpowers." The book is scheduled to ship in September 2016.
Kudos from David Brin [ Jun 13, 2016 ]
QUANTUM VIBE received a welcome shout-out recently from award-winning sci-fi author David Brin in his blog this month. (Third entry in a list of 18 recommended web-comics.)
Scott has read and enjoyed several of Brin's novels, including The Postman and Sun Diver and Brin's kudos made his day. Special thanks to QV reader Harvey Morrell for bringing this to our attention.
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A stand-up display case for androids. We see three 'sleeping' androids – on the left, a butler-type; on the right, a repairman type. In the center is Veronica, who we met in Book 1. She is dressed like a stripper, in bustier, lacy bra and panties. There are traces of cobwebs about, indicating this case is little-used.
Nicole (OP): Hey Seamus, look over here!
From Veronica's POV, we see the Shopkeeper (a middle-aged-looking Asian), Seamus, and Nicole.
Shopkeeper: Ah, yes, these are some of our older models, not so much interest in these.
Seamus: What can you tell me about this one?
Nicole: Hey Buford, check this out!
Third-person view: Seamus is looking over Veronica very closely. The shopkeeper is looking hopeful. Nicole is looking off-panel right with a disappointed expression.
Shopkeeper: This V-287 model is around a century old, one owner. She was brought in three decadays ago – that's all I know.
Buford (OP): I'd rather not be a part of this.
Two-shot the shopkeeper and Seamus.
Shopkeeper: A classic model, for sophisticated tastes …
Seamus: Is that why there's 'not much interest?'
Now Nicole is looking at Veronica closely. The shopkeeper stands by.
Nicole: Does she have a name?
Shopkeeper: Her memory of her previous owner has been erased, per standard procedure.
Shopkeeper: If you rent her you can assign whatever name suits you.
Three-shot Seamus, the shopkeeper, and Nicole. Seamus and the shopkeeper are dickering, Nicole looks thoughtfully at the android.
Seamus: I'll pay 30 keyin* for three days' rental.
Shopkeeper: I cannot accept less than 60 keyin for this, with a 200 keyin damage deposit.
Caption: * 1 keyin = one silver gram
Two-shot Seamus and the shopkeeper.
Seamus: I'll agree to your deposit but no more than 40 for the rental.
Shopkeeper: 50 keyin and that is my bottom line.
Four-shot of the Shopkeeper, Seamus, Nicole, and the still inert Veronica. Nicole looks at Veronica dubiously.
Shopkeeper: You drive a hard bargain, sir.
Shopkeeper: If you will wait in the lobby I will get her prepared and bring her out to you in a few minutes.
Nicole: I have a weird feeling about this.