Friday, September 27, 2019

Dime-A-Dozen Project #13 Tailgunner Jones.

Dime-A-Dozen Projects is so named from a conversation with creative friends of mine as we lamented that when we were working full-time for someone else, we get these (in our minds) original million dollar ideas, that would, somehow, turn into "dime-a-dozen" ideas when we were out of work and on our own. I have tons of unfinished projects in the form of character sketches, incomplete written outlines, half drawn comic pages, and full illustrations. You get the idea, a dime-a-dozen idea. I'm feeling the need to catalog for my own sanity and for a simple record to leave my kids, and as I said above, along the way rekindle my creative juice and start drawing again.

TailgunnerJones was planned as 6 book, 32 pages, indie B&W comic book saga.  The tales was inspired by Buck Roger and a touch of Joe Halderman's Forever War.  Nathan "Tailgunner" Jones was Starship captain who disappeared after a unexpected space battle.  His battlecruiser, the Yankee Dog, on route to be decommissioned. happens upon a opposing space armanda staging area. Ordering his small crew to board and launch shuttles to warn to his own fleet, Jones engages the enemy fleet alone, in a delaying action, knowing he's has no chance of winning. His attack disrupts the enemy plans, and is a savage battle his destroys the Tempest the enemy's flagship, causing the death of the Emperor of Drillian Empire.  Jones' Yankee Dog is heavily damages but mention to escape in a near asteroid field.  He releases extra fuel tanks and explodes  them, tricking the enemy in think the Yankee Dog is destroy.  The Drillian fleet retreats as their element of surprise has been compromised.  Injured Tailgunner Jones enter a auto-doc chamber and accidentally  activates a crygenic sleep cycle.

50 years after the Yankee Dog is discovered by an unlikely trio.  Aurora B, a space mercenary/bodyguard, her client Angelica Reed,a space anthropologist, and  Man-Droid, a battle android.  Jones find him self in underground resistance group fight the Driliain Empire.  I also discover the High Priestess, wife of the Emperor is still alive and when she is informed  he's live calls for his death.

Art Gallery.

Nathan "Tailgunner"" Jones
Here's the first seven comic pages of the first issue.

Characters: Angelica Reed, Aurora B.  and Nathan Jones

Nathan Jones in battlesuit.

Aurora B.

Jana and Palace guards.

Sabella, High Priestess

Jana and Palace guard

High Priestess.

Misc, Characters: Lo-Be and Hi-Bo

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