Captain of the FSS-CH9, Amaya Solace is the daughter of a high-ranking admiral from the Felinius Kingdom and the youngest person ever appointed captain of a Felinoid Smartship. Hard-nosed and tough as nails, she constantly struggles to prove herself and her team among the Squadron forces, many of whom assume she received her post through nepotism. Despite the general mistrust of her throughout the squadron, she has a reputation for being a fierce fighter, albeit with a history of insubordination and inability to follow orders. Prior to her commission as captain, she served with the CH-13. Extended Bio
When the entire team was imprisoned by a group of Rigellians on the desolate planet U’ta, Sarah reprogrammed a Rigellian battledroid and used it to help the team escape. Renaming him Andrew, they welcomed him aboard the crew. Like all battledroids, Andrew lacks voice capability. However, unlike the others, he has developed an extensive emotional and moral compass due to both his reprogramming and his time with the Hellcats. He is completely loyal and devoted to the team, even though he often feels neglected and overlooked by them. He has become particularly fond of Damsel and somewhat antagonistic to Fluffy.
Chaste’s exact origin is unknown. While she is clearly a Felinoid, she was discovered living alone in the wild jungles of Kaneon-9 by the crew of the FSS-CH13. She eventually was given a special appointment to the Cosmic Hellcats forces by Admiral Otto Solace and now serves as Armsmaster aboard the FSS-CH9. Perhaps the most feared combatant in the Squadron, Chaste has a no-nonsense “shoot first and let Ceiling Cat sort them out” attitude. While on the surface she is distant and mean-spirited towards her fellow shipmates, she is extremely protective of them and considers them her family – the only family she has ever known. Extended Bio
As pilot of the FSS-CH9, Damsel is one of the greatest pilots in the entire Squadron. Born to a wealthy family and living a life of relative luxury and privilege, Damsel found herself drawn to a greater calling. She ran away from home and enrolled in the Academy for Science Soldiers and eventually was made a Cosmic Hellcat. Despite her stong sense of duty and love of adventure, Damsel is still a socialite princess at heart. She is as much intrigued by the promise of adventure that being a Hellcat provides, as she is to the nobility and honor it brings. Extended Bio
Fluffy is the Artificial Intelligence that controls the shipboard computer of the FSS-CH9. Like all felinoid smartships, the neural network that forms his AI is sentient and capable of independent thought, learning and emotion. This design is intended to make the smartship feel a kinship with the team by causing it to consider itself a member of the team. However, while most smartships become attached and protective of their crew, the constant danger that the CH-9 tends to face through the team’s relative inexperience and general recklessness has caused Fluffy to treat them with some amount of disdain. In particular, he is rather antagonistic of Damsel and Sarah, whom (as pilot and engineer) he blames for the majority of his perils, and Andrew, whom he considers to be an inferior artificial intelligence.
Of all the crew of the FSS-CH9, Sarah probably wants to be there the least. A brilliant scientist and leading authority on rocket science and physics, her intelligence and technical ability are rivaled only by her libido and hedonistic nature. Born a flower child to hippie parents, she finds herself constantly torn between the worlds of free-love and semi-conductor mechanics. While she is well respected in her field and throughout the Kingdom for her brilliance, her carefree attitude and lack of discretion landed her a court martial and got her “sentenced” to active duty with the Hellcats. While she loves her crewmates, she’d greatly prefer life on firm land to the isolation of deep space. Extended Bio
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Last week, Max and I went to WVPopCon 2014. That was nice because we did fewer comic book conventions this year than we normally do. We might have to fix that next year. In any case, wad a great time, and as always got to see a lot of cool costumes. Here’s a selection of them. Enjoy!
It’s been quite a while since Max and I posted convention pictures. Let’s change that! Last weekend, we did a one day show at Pittsburgh Indy Comic Expo, aka PIX! The show specializes in creator owned comics just like Hellcats. Lots of great people out there, some old friends and some new ones. Thanks to everyone who came out. Here are a few pictures from the event.
So you might have noticed that the comic went up early this week. It appeared last night instead of tonight. This was due to some technical difficulties. That is to say, that technically, I forgot what day it was and posted it early and then realized in the morning and then it just seemed silly to pull it down. Oops!
Well, since you’ve already seen the comic, I guess we should have something else for you special today. How about pics from Baltimore Comic Con last weekend?
Max and I both went out and had a blast as always with both the other creators and all the fans. We look forward to the next time. In the meanwhile, here are some great shots of the various cosplayers that came by our table. Enjoy!
Last weekend I went out to WVPop Con 2013 to sell and sign books. It was my first time at this particular con and I had a great time meeting a bunch of new fans. Thank you to everyone who came out and I look forward to seeing you all again next year.
I’ll be selling and signing books at WVPopCon in Morgantown, West Virginia this weekend (August 24th and 25th). If you’re in the area, make sure you come down and say hi to me and all the other great creators that will be there.