I don't do a lot of commission jobs but when the
geekfather, Patton Oswalt, makes you an offer - you can't refuse.
A brief back story to clarify... obviously anyone savvy to pop culture
knows who Patton Oswalt is. He is most known for his numerous television
appearances, film roles, and his hilarious stand up. A few years
back he mentioned me on a tweet and we threw some ideas back and forth
about crazy potential lines. He has been very supportive over the
years of my work mentioning it on twitter, in print interviews, and even
getting the idea for his character's hobby in Young Adult while looking
at my work.
A short time passed and Patton
commissioned me to create one of those earlier ideas. He wanted me
to do the re-imagining thing I do but this time rather than an era or
genre he wanted me to fuse the line with the wildly fun films of
exploitation film maker Russ Meyer, in particular, with the film
"Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" He gave me a few ideas but really left most of it up to my imagination (which is the way I
prefer to work). One catch, because most of Meyers films, 99.9% to
be exact, feature busty females protagonists Patton wanted me to
gender flip every character making the characters I would usually make
men into woman and vice versa. He also had a specific vision
involving a mini bar and a GTO.
HERE to see
Patton's very flattering write about the line on his Blog "Spew"
Betty Kentworhy runs a dilapidated
old farm on the outskirts of a small town in West Texas that hadn't yielded
much more than dirt the last few seasons. There was a drought
going on and the farm was cluttered with windmills drilling down to dry
wells. Betty was disliked and dismissed
by the local townsfolk for some unspoken events from the past she
resides herself to a solitary existence looking over two teenagers who
are not her children by birth.
For Betty I was going for a tough old Angie Dickenson type that still
had figure for a woman her age.
Lucy longs to break free of the
boring confines of the farm. She dream of adventure, life on the
open road, and boys. Forced to work on the farm by Betty who
watches over the girl in hopes to shelter from some of the mistakes she
made in her youth.
For Lucy I based the look on one of Meyer's protagonist from the film
Leo has the intellect God gave a
bag of marbles and the muscles of a body builder. Maybe it
was all that work in the hot sun that baked his brains and gave him that
impressive physique. All of his faults aside he was
dutifully loyal to Betty and fiercely protective of his sister Lucy.
Leo is based on the Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! character of the
beefcake known as Vegetable.
One day glistening in the hot noon
sun a golden GTO came tearing into town. The old car was a little
beat up but heavily modified to outrun anything the cops could throw at
them. As the car roared though main street its occupants
noticed a curvaceous farm girl, Lucy, with her brother in town at the feed
store buying supplies. The car followed the kids home.
The car was one of Patton's ideas. It was by far the most
challenging part of the line. Mostly because it is hard to
transform a humanoid character into a car and also doing a car in scale
would be huge and really outside my normal skill set.
An Amazon of a woman with a
sadistic desire to tease men with her sexuality and then violently
punish them. She is leading an all girl crew on a cross country
crime spree of sex, violence, and robbery. She is quite taken with
the shapely, young Lucy and imagines the chaos that could cause with her
in their ranks.
This was another of Patton's initial ideas. Basically she is
based on the iconic character of Varla, played by Tura Satana from
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Stormy is the flunky and yes-girl
to Darla. What ever Darla wants Stormy does. She is actually
part of a revolving door of gorgeous henchwoman that Darla enlists and
she calls them all "Stormy".
She is loosely based on the go-go dancer Billie in Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! character
She is a deadly murderer and the
real muscle behind Darla gang. She says little, but she speaks
with action, and her actions almost always leave a trail of dead men.
I wanted the bad girls to be a trio just like in the film.
She is loosely based on Rosie from Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
but I added a western style to her to incorporate a look from my West
The Milky Way
up old van may not look like much but she got it where it counts.
The old thing is pretty beat up but his is Hanna's pride and joy.
After I finished the initial
line Patton liked the idea of the van in my story so much he
commissioned me to make it. I pulled out all the stops and
actually made it a functioning RC car with real head and tail lights.
I initially made a mural for the side in photoshop but it looked too
good. So I hand painted the side mural of to give it the look of a
homemade mural done by a band.
Chibetta is the the drummer in the
all girl rock band "The Milky Way Falcons". She is actually from
Mexico and speaks no English and can only communicate by relaying what
she wants to her band mate Hanna. The band is playing a dive bar
in town when Lucy runs in the back door for safety after being
chased and harassed by Darla and her gang only to find the huge drummer
waiting who takes her to meet the band.
The roguish heroes posed a real challenge for me. I
eventually had the idea of making them an all girl rock band like the
one from the Russ Meyer film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" I thought it
worked with the rock n roll attitudes of the smugglers and scoundrels.
Refreshment Drink Dispenser
As Lucy and Chibetta head
backstage they find the band partying amongst a small gathering of the
crew and some fans. In the center of the room is a white mini bar
that is decked out with all manner of recreations substances. Lucy
over hears someone call it the Rest & Refreshment Drink Dispenser as
they push it aside to make room for the terrified girl while its wheels
nosily squeak and screech.
Faster, Pussycat! Kill!
The lead guitarist for . She is a bit of a loner who needs no else accept
the adventure of the open road, the occasional groupie, and her band
mates. The only thing she loves more than the "The Milky Way
Falcons" is her old
supped up grey van the band travels in. She reluctantly agrees to
help Lucy after she becomes convinced that her family may reward the
band and and after Darla's girls burned up her van to stop them from
Again based on the idea of an all girl rock band from the Russ
Meyer film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"
Lanna is a foxy soul singer rock
star that is one part Billy Holiday and one part Jimi Hendrix. She
is a child hood friend of Hanna's who only recently reunited with her
when they formed the band, "The Milky Way Falcons". She agrees to help Lucy, but secretly
had worked out deal to help Darla to save her bandmates from the violent
girl gangs retribution. She changes her mind at the last second
steals the GTO during a bar fight that broke out between Lucy and Leo
and Darla's gang to help her band and the kids escape. After a
brief chase the group makes it to safety back at the farm.
Again based on the idea of an all girl rock band from the
Russ Meyer film "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls"