Francis & The Vegas Tramps by Brian Kelly

Cover and Page 1
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The story of Francis & The Vegas Tramps is set in the future, in a time of interplanetary travel, with rocket ships in a Jetsons/Josie & The Pussycats vibe of retro futurism. The band Francis & The Vegas Tramps broke up 20 years ago. The story begins with the murder of Francis, the singer and guitar player from the band. Ray, the drummer, contacts Molly, the bassist and primary songwriter, and tells her. Molly became a very successful musician on her own after the band split up. 

Molly travels back to the planet where the Vegas Tramps began to try to figure out who killed Francis and why. Ray is her assistant during the investigation. Molly is driven to do this because she feels guilty about how she manipulated the contracts with Ray and Francis. She had ripped them off, because she was also the band’s manager.

Molly begins to suspect Ray. Ray had been contacted by the brain of Col. Tom Parker. The Vegas Tramps had an interaction with the Colonel many years previous. The Colonel has convinced Ray to help him take revenge on the Vegas Tramps, and Francis is murdered. Ray is driven by his unrequited love for Molly. He wants to possess her. Molly only changed the contracts with the Vegas Tramps after she suspected she was raped in a drug blackout. Molly always suspected Francis. In the climax of the story, Molly learns it was Ray who raped her, and not Francis, though Ray was also heavily incapacitated by drugs, and has little to no memory of the event. In the end, Molly and her other accomplices, Blue and Betty 5000, defeat Ray and Col. Tom Parker.

Molly reassembles Francis & The Vegas Tramps using clones, and it seems as though she will be just as exploitive of them, as Col. Tom Parker was of Elvis.

I see this story as a black and white comic book. I am not, however, opposed to color, but do not have a colorist attached to the project. I think this book will appeal to fans of classic cartooning, but also to fans of rock & roll and punk rock. Also, it will appeal to fans of crime comics. I see the book as an original graphic novel, but could also work as a miniseries.