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Amalgae is a non-profit, yearly production of ETSU’s Comic Book Illustration class, taught by Professor Ralph Slatton. Characters and stories are purely fictional and should not be imitated. Upon rare occasions our stories may contain strong language or themes, therefore this publication is recommended for an adult audience only. Its contents do not express the views of East Tennessee State University, or faculty. Reproduction of stories and art are strictly prohibited. All rights reserved. © Student Contributors, Summer 2011.

 

Not recommended for younger readers!

On a sad note, we can no longer use the name Amalgam for our publication, since it is a previously owned trademark. From this moment forward, we will be known as, Amalgae. This more appropriately reflects our mission as a tenacious, aggressive lifeform which incorporates everything within its path, finally turning into a hideous shade of green. A wise man once said that each of us has a story within, a story so poignant, so essential, that it is best told by future generations. It's too bad that man died alone, impotent, and his meaningless story devoured by an exceptionally voracious computer virus. - Ralph Slatton, aka Prof. Doom

Artists 2011:

Thanks go to all my little minions who tirelessly brought forth such compelling tales and stunning artwork. Let me also honor my assistant editors, Emily Carmichael and Kevin Reaves, for their sharp wit and vigilant eye in performing their administrative duties. As always, Pip Printing did a marvelous job printing our stories. Order of the stories were entirely based on design aesthetics and had nothing to do with rating their quality. Our editorial administrators grouped the stories in the following order: (1.) futuristic & bizarre, (2.) superhero adventure, (3.) stories and tall tales, (4.) water and air creatures.

 

Exile Hunt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jenny Noseworthy Kilgore . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg 3

Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Chad Burton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg 9

Manual Labor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Kevin C. Reaves. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg 15

Creepy Tales from Outer Space . . . . . . . . . . . .

Seth Elkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg 21

Meow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jason Fuller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg 27

The Sleuth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Joseph Riner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg 34

Rabbit in Alice-Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A. Carruba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg 39

Red . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Emily Carmichael. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg 45

Lingering Souls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Cathy Laurensongundlach . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg 51

Rapid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Molly Noseworthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg 57

Pearls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Jared C. Hammonds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg 63

Aviary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Alyssa A. Kurzenknabe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

pg 69