Hugh Manatee's Last Stand is my most ambitious project to date. It's an illustrated dystopian satire, a humorously sinister vision of what we can look forward to over the next 200 years or so. Just a heads up, it's not for weenies!

Intrigued? Then get on over to Hugh Manatee's website, a preview of the ultimate dystopian experience, an utterly hopeless literary and visual fantasy that makes the Hunger Games trilogy look like three episodes of “Cupcake Wars.”

You’ll meet Hugh Manatee, apprentice engineer in the Bilge, the pumping station in the lowest depths of the Obelisk (the last intact structure still standing in the metro DC area). Hugh’s not only a hunk, he’s smart as a whip and a virtuoso nose flutist. His unrequited love interest is the exquisite Iphigenia “Iffy” Bunch, who toils in the Bilge machine shop, when she’s not honing her skills as a crack sharpshooter with the slingshot.

Their antagonists are the SIM-atar despots who run the Obelisk—Maximus Nyl, head of the Board of Regents, Karfax Polidor, Chief Operations Officer, and most menacing of all, Julic Rendor, direct descendant of Vlad the Impaler and inventor of the Klivors, the death-dealing droids that terrorize the human inhabitants.

So take your time. Get to know Hugh and the crew. Take the sample pages out for a spin. If you like what you see, sign up for upcoming newsletter posts, even blogs directly from Hugh himself, thanks to a wormhole in time (actually, it's in Comcast).

So here you go—