Crew of the Pachyderm

15. Crew of the Pachyderm - background

IN THE ‘VERSE

Cargo shipping out in the black presents it’s own troubles, and few know that better than the grizzled old independent freighter Conn Jiangyin and his rig, the Pachyderm. An illegal load of lovebots and a few misunderstandings brought Weyland-Yutani* apprentice trucker Mig Pucci and the object of both their affection, Sindabelle on board. Now the three of them truck the spaceways together, scraping enough credits together to keep the old boat out of hock.

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Did you ever see the 1996 film Space Truckers? Don’t. It’s awful. Seriously awful. Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, and Debi Mazar star in a really terrible film about well…space truckers. But it’s sort of so awful you can’t look away! And you feel compelled to draw them as Firefly/Verse characters. I’m not sure why.

*Weyland-Yutani, they of the Alien franchise, canonically exists in the ‘Verse. Trust me!

The Motley Crew series started out with my desire to draw Elgyn’s mercenaries from the far underrated Alien: Resurrection. It progressed to drawing other Whedon-related science fiction characters in a style that lets them fit into the ‘Verse as established in Firefly/Serenity and has since expanded to any motley science fiction crew. My only remaining rule: the original property should not be ‘uniformed.’ (That makes them less than motley)

15. Crew of the Pachyderm

 

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Crew of the Starchaser

14. Crew of the Starchaser - Background

(L-R, O’Rin, Silica, Vienne, Dag DeBrimy)

IN THE ‘VERSE

When enslaved miner Rin finds an old duelling sword, an old man inducts him into the secret order of the Ka-Khan and dubs him ‘O-Rin.’ But when O-Rin attempts to escape the mines with his girlfriend, she is killed by the moon’s slavemaster Tse Gon. The young hero does, however, encounter cigar-chomping smuggler Dag DeBrimy and escape into the black on his ship, Starchaser. Drawing to them a lovebot, Silica, who is more useful than she appears, and the local Governor’s daughter, Vienne, the crew of the Starchaser aim to overthrow Tse Gon and free the mine slaves – or die trying!

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Even 80s nostalgia can’t make Starchaser: The Legend of Orin particularly good – though the animation is impressive. It’s Star Wars influences often veer from homage to outright theft (watch the Nostalgia Critic’s review for an entertaining summary). Nonetheless, even bad movies can’t dampen my enthusiasm for the Motley Crew series!

The Motley Crew series started out with my desire to draw Elgyn’s mercenaries from the far underrated Alien: Resurrection. It progressed to drawing other Whedon-related science fiction characters in a style that lets them fit into the ‘Verse as established in Firefly/Serenity and has since expanded to any motley science fiction crew. My only remaining rule: the original property should not be ‘uniformed.’ (That makes them less than motley)

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Crew of the Duck

13. Crew of the Duck - background

(L-R: Rebekah Cohen, Kit, Molly, Wildcat Jenkins, Cap’n Bhalu)

Spin it. Let’s begin it. Awww, yeah!

IN THE ‘VERSE

Cap’n Bhalu wasn’t too happy when a woman bought his failing shipping company, but he couldn’t deny that flying the Duck under his own yoke wasn’t getting him too many jobs, nor could his ward, Kit, bring in money with his aerial acrobatic show. Rebekah Cohen put the Duck back into the Black, paid ‘Wildcat’ Jenkins to keep her running, and brought in the clients. All that business sense and the time to devote to her daughter, Molly, too. His Yá Hǎi Yā might just have needed a feminine touch after all.

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This is the second of my Disney adaptations. I have to admit, I’m getting a little light on traditional motley science fiction crews, but this isn’t that much of a stretch and adapting aliens or anthropomorphic animals is always a pleasure.

The Motley Crew series started out with my desire to draw Elgyn’s mercenaries from the far underrated Alien: Resurrection. It progressed to drawing other Whedon-related science fiction characters in a style that lets them fit into the ‘Verse as established in Firefly/Serenity and has since expanded to any motley science fiction crew. My only remaining rule: the original property should not be ‘uniformed.’ (That makes them less than motley)

13. Crew of the Duck