A space yarn, with teeth.Â It's the year 2124. Twenty years have passed since terraformers crossed the galaxy to find a new home on Centauri Prime. One by one, the human colonies have been taken over by Earth corporations. Only the settlement of Kinship remains untouched by galactic credit. By using the anticoagulant and antibacterial properties of shark skin tissue, Hank Cranford hopes to manufacture a vaccine that will enable long-term survival in the strange waters and atmosphere, and he hopes also to finally escape Earth's clutches and lead his colony into a new world. Captain Banyard, a seasoned smuggler, crosses space with a precious and unusual cargo. Enormous tanks in the hold of the Bayonet store a variety of sharks that are to be delivered to the domed habitat.Â When one of the Earth sharks escapes from captivity, blood is spilled, lives are lost, and a new breed of shark is spawned. Welcome to Centauri Prime, an aquatic paradise - at least that's what it says in the brochure!
Â©2017 Paul Rudd (P)2020 Paul Rudd
Meet Mr. Scratch. He's an evil sorcerer, ruthless CEO, and diabolical weapons manufacturer. Scratch exists as drawings on paper, but he's certain he's better than you. Meet Mark. He created Mr. Scratch. Never thought he'd meet him one day. And Mark certainly never thought the fractured marriage of Jack and Gloria Power, fictional characters in his long-running comic book, would have dire consequences here in the real world. In the 1970s, underground cartoonist Mark Lipscomb followed his muse and created, quite by accident, a merchandising phenomenon. The characters from his comic Power & Gloria penetrated the mainstream, becoming an action figure line, a syndicated action cartoon, and really anything else their images could be slapped upon. Today, the audience is dwindling, and Mark's adjusting to life with the new corporate owners of his creations. Arthritis has severely hindered Mark's ability to draw, and his stories have a tendency to offend the modern tastemakers, generating a routine series of social media outrages. He does have one defender, though. His own creation: the villainous Mr. Scratch, whoâs escaped a dangling plot thread from Markâs final issue. The ingenious rogue has traveled the multiverse and found himself in Markâs backyard. Truly, they were fated to become fast friends. Except, Scratch isnât as harmless in the real world as he is on the printed page.Â As the days pass, Mark can no longer deny what heâs created. Macular degeneration and arthritic wrists donât lend themselves to old-fashioned slugfests, so Mark must get creative if he wants to stop the bloodlust of his destructive id.
Â©2019 Gene Kendall (P)2020 Gene Kendall