The Tommy Gun Dolls Vol. 2 Graphic Novel
A gang of bawdy burlesque girls seek retribution against the crime syndicates as a turf war rages on in 1928 San Francisco.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, September 1 2018 1:00 AM UTC +00:00.
Welcome! This is Daniel Cooney, author and illustrator returning to offer The Tommy Gun Dolls Vol. 2 graphic novel as a deluxe signed hardcover edition, 120 pages b/w. Just like Volume One, the quality of the book is printed in a prestige format, matte laminate finish with spot uv on the characters and logo, end papers with a window for an original personalized sketch. For more information, please read the details below--thank you for checking out my Kickstarter!
Your support for The Tommy Gun Dolls: Double-Cross On Maiden Lane directly helps to complete the book and in your hands by Fall 2019.
Frankie, the cross-dressing grifter is back along with those bawdy burlesque girls--Poppy, Mai and Rose as they'll discover what friendship and trust really means to one another. The stakes get higher as they close in on finding Rouletta's murderer while in the midst of an all out turf war between the crime syndicates in San Francisco’s seedy underworld backstreets during the Prohibition Era.
In 2017, The Tommy Gun Dolls graphic novel was the Grand Prize Recipient of Pulsar Entertainment's Comic Creator Contest
"Dolls is the only entrant that left me literally craving to read more. It is well-researched and smartly dialogued with almost no anachronisms to bounce me out of the story. The narrative is ambitious and mature. It feels like the work of a professional, experienced writer at the peak of his powers-- someone who is already established and has been around. It is totally pro work. The same thing goes for the artwork-- clear, solid expositional skills, sophisticated visual storytelling that's clever and effective without ever becoming smart-ass or obscure. The period work is nearly perfect-- very authentic and well-researched. Daniel Cooney is clearly a student of history and not afraid to use reference."
- JON BOGDANOVE, Celebrity Judge
Inspired by a true story of San Francisco’s dark underworld, a group of Prohibition Era burlesque dancers pursue their friend’s murder by posing as masked bandits and knocking over the Mob’s speakeasies. The Tommy Gun Dolls is a sordid tale told in the classic Noir tradition, with roots in San Francisco’s historic Nob Hill Mansions of society’s elite class down to the seedy gang-filled streets of Chinatown, through the Tenderloin and neighboring North Beach.
Taking visual inspiration from illustrators such as Russell Patterson, Ethel Hays and Faith Burrows, who popularized the look and lifestyle of the 1920s flapper, and the writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Dashiell Hammett, I've crafted a tale of mystery, suspense and burlesque in fog city.
The inspiration for the story's main character, Frankie Broadstreet, a grifter who rides a Penny Farthing bicycle and has a penchant for wearing men's clothes, stems from a fusion of two real life people: Jeanne/Jean Bonnet (1841-1876), a trans man who founded one of California’s strangest criminal gangs composed entirely of women during the gold rush era; and Louise Brooks, an American dancer and actress, best known for popularizing the bobbed haircut and starred in the German feature film, Pandora’s Box.
All backers will be acknowledged in the thank you section of the book, unless you say otherwise. You are helping making this happen! I tip my bowler hat to you for your pledge.
Add-on to any pledge at any time before the campaign ends.
An Add-On lets you pledge for more than one tier by adding the price of any additional item to your existing pledge. For example: you want to include an extra signed book? Simply add-on an additional $25 to your pledge and send a message to me at checkout. Be sure to check the details of the Add-Ons for any additional shipping charges. If you have any questions I am here to help.
I'm offering once again to own an original piece of art inside your book signed. There will be THREE tiers:
Book sketch, signed. Pencil $10
Book sketch, signed. Pen and Ink $20
Custom Book sketch, signed. Pen and Ink. Special request by you. $25
METAL Prints Comic Book Size 6.625 x 10.25 INCHES Five To Choose From, SIGNED.
From L to R: Flapper/Tommy Gun, TGD Vol. 2 Cover, Rouletta Lockhart, Vintage Girl Corset, Flapper Lounging
Volume One: The Big Knockover $25 SIGNED. Volume Two: Double-Cross On Maiden Lane $25 SIGNED. SHIPPING: Add additional $3 U.S. $15 Everywhere Else.
SIGNED ART PRINTS
Hey artists! I'm inviting you to take a stab at drawing one of The Tommy Gun Dolls and having the opportunity to have your work published in Volume Two.
Here's the deal:
Draw any of the girls from the poster (see below) or Vol. 2 book cover in any medium at any size.
Post your sketch on Twitter or Instagram
Include the name of the character, #thetommygundolls
@kickstarter http://tinyurl.com/y9s2tz9c @dcooneyart
I'll review drawings and select one with a guest artist to determine a winner to be published in the book and you'll receive a signed copy. The winner will be contacted in a few months to send a digital file of the scanned artwork.
This contest is open to anyone and anywhere on the planet.
Start submitting your sketches or drawings now. Message me if you have any questions. Thank you and good luck, I look forward to seeing what you do!
I have a few stretch goals that I'll be posting over the course of the campaign, one of them is to share a process video from concept to completion of a comics page.
12 Page Frankie Origin Story
There's a back story I would love to illustrate for this volume about Frankie, who served as a soldier for another country in the guise of a man during World War I. I'm eager to share this with you, but first things first.
I expect to have your pledges shipped to you in the Fall of 2019. The designs of the book are completed, the sequential pages need to be finished, inked, lettered and edited prior to going to press.
All books are shipped within the U.S.A. by USPS Mail and will include a tracking number emailed to you. Original art pages and commission rewards shipped in the U.S.A. will ship USPS First Class mail and include a tracking number to you as well.
The pledges shipped to our international friends can take up to 3 weeks for delivery and up to 6 weeks depending on the country you live in.
Take note, that customs may hold on to packages for a week or longer and incur additional charges that are the responsibility of the backer. I'm aware shipping overseas expensive and wish it wasn't the case! The time to process your pledge, pack it securely and ship it to you is covered by the shipping charge, I make no additional funds for the shipping charge to you.
Risks and challenges
I had a successful campaign a couple of years ago for Volume One of The Tommy Gun Dolls graphic novel. Aside from some health issues that slowed my progress considerably on the first book (see previous updates) I've been in great health since last fall and look forward to completing volume two and eager to share it with you. I can't thank everyone enough for supporting my work before on Kickstarter. You are directly responsible for helping me produce such a beautiful book and have the set the bar high for the same quality of published work in the forthcoming edition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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