Owen Zelazny

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Owen Zelazny as he appears in Heathen City. Drawn by Ayato, colored by Distasty
Owen Zelazny is a wolf and a hustler, one of the protagonists in the serial graphic novel Heathen City by Alex Vance. Born in 1981, Owen came to Maranatha City in late 1999, having begun selling his body at an early age. He is youthful, energetic, very comfortable with his chosen profession, which he takes very seriously.

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[edit] Residence

Originally from New Orleans, Owen lived in a small apartment in a dilapidated building in Maranatha City, with neighbors Double Bill and Mrs Ackerby and her dog Pickles, under the rule of landlord Butterfly. His second-story apartment faces into a courtyard with clear line of sight from Nicky Marlowe's apartment on the other side.

After his departure from Maranatha City, he was most recently seen in London, not far from Piccadilly Square, though it's unknown whether he resides in that city.

[edit] Occupation

Owen is a prostitute, servicing predominantly male clients, preferring the term hustler over escort because of his preference for the quick and anonymous servicing of a large number of clients rather than 'spending the night' with one particular customer.

Owen continued to ply this trade even after Maranatha City, though by the time he appears in Heathen City he is very close to 'retiring' fro the profession to find another direction for his life.

[edit] Relationships

Owen's oldest friend and lover, in all but name, is Q. I. Malloy, a dobermann burglar and drug dealer, with whom he first traveled to Maranatha City. While sexually active and emotionally intimate with each other, the pair never had a relationship in the romantic sense, and only briefly shared an apartment in their early days in Maranatha before going their separate ways.

Owen has most recently been seen in various Soho nightclubs in the company of a tiger named Ruy. The precise nature of this relationship is unclear, though Owen's decision to quit his life of prostitution came very soon after his first encounter with Ruy.

[edit] Trivia

Owen is technically Jewish, and is known to occasionally uphold certain aspects of the faith, electing to eat kosher on significant days such as Hanukkah, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashannah. The arbitrary nature of his observances and, of course, his profession, indicate that this is motivated less by actual belief in the Jewish scriptures, and more by his upbringing, and the comfort of familiar rituals.

[edit] Heathen City

Owen Zelzny appears as one of the core cast of the serial graphic novel Heathen City, written by Alex Vance, illustrated by Ayato and digitally colored by Distasty, Krahnos, Charha, and Fel. He had previously appeared in Alex Vance's unfinished story series Maranatha.


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