Today on Quantum Vibe:
A man in his position
Strip 504 - Click on page above to goto the next page.
First Seen: Fri 2012-12-21
Story & Art: Scott Bieser
Colors: Zeke Bieser
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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.
The Transcript For This Page
Seamus and Peng-Bo Shen in the drawing room, with the holoscreen still up.The atmosphere is tense.
Seamus: Mr. Peng-Bo, this is the second time you've threatened me and frankly it's getting tiresome.
Seamus: You risk a major incident between HuoJinGong and S&H Resolutions.
Medium close-up on Peng-Bo.
Peng-Bo: Not really. I know how your L-5 – how do you call them, Dispute Resolution Organizations? – operate.
Peng-Bo: All I need do is say that you assaulted me, or attempted thievery, and a man in my position would not be challenged.
Looking past Seamus at Peng-Bo, who is now looking disconerted.
Seamus (OP): A man in your position would know Lee Wei-Ling, supreme adjudicator for HuoJinGong, yes?
Peng-Bo: Yes …
Seamus: We have been friends since we negotiated the trade treaty of 414, after the Second Mercorps War.
Medium shot of Seamus, sitting back and looking a bit smug.
Seamus: You don't live as long as I have without getting to know a lot of people.
Seamus: I rather doubt that foul play directed against me here would be easily explained away.
Two-shot of Peng-Bo and Seamus. Peng-Bo looks crestfallen.
Peng-Bo: It appears … that I have overreached here.
Peng-Bo: This seems to be a problem I have from time to time.
Seamus: So I have heard.
Looking past Seamus at Peng-Bo. Peng-Bo is brightening a bit.
Seamus: However, you need not leave here empty-handed.
Seamus: You were prepared to pay 12 million gold grams for 20 percent of an unknown project.
Seamus: What if I offered you 50 percent of a proven technology for the same amount?
In the right foreground we see the back of Xie-Po Tong re-entering the drawing room. In the left background, Peng-Bo and Seamus notice his entry.
Seamus: I can guarantee it will – ah, Mr. Tong has returned.
Peng-Bo: Tong, what is the matter?
Looking past Seamus, an ashen Tong leans shakily against the back of his chair, as Peng-Bo looks on in shock.
Tong: My cousin, Ma-Bo Nu, he ...
Tong: He has been murdered.