In which our protagonist summons strength from the Mother of Queens.

Editor's note: Nix Comics' Ken Eppstein curates and edits this weekly feature that highlights local cartoonists in six-strip runs. To be considered for future installments, you can email Ken at or hit him up on Twitter @nixcomics. One of the challenges facing Celestian Waltz for his Sketch in the City run is altering his typically colorful hand-painted artistic style to the black-and-white format of the series. Check out the Illustrator of Fantasies website,, for the best peek into Celestian's craft. Did you miss the first three strips of Heraclea? Here's one, two and three.