History tells us Nikola Tesla died penniless and broken in New York City in 1943. He didn't, nor was he penniless. Supporters of a progressive community known as Technocrats spirited him away, leaving a spent clone behind to mislead his detractors.The legendary missing papers of his inventions were also false crumbs that he knew the FBI and the power brokers of America would swoop in to confiscate. Tesla actually lived for another 300 years (His choice).For 3 centuries, his mind moved through 3 different versions of himself as he continued to develop inventions with emerging technologies, all with one purpose: to save humanity, not just from itself, but from any future threats. This story occurs in the year 2300, nearing his final years.
Spring is bubbly and optimistic. She always sees the cup as 3/4 full in any given situation. A self declared nature sympth. She is easily distracted by animals. Her empathy is strong but reserved mostly for animals and plants. Of course, she talks to plants. And they talk back. She has a mecha cat/rabbit/chameleon... whatever, it changes form at will, as a constant companion. While Velvet is grace and poise, Spring is frilly and colorful. Sometimes blindingly so. Expressive and artistic, she adores sharing poetry and art with Nikola. She is very insistent about choosing TIFFENs wardrobe.
Velvet is even tempered and sober. Very succinct in her responses to any question and fond of facts. She is the living embodiment of google fact checking. Her sharp brain compartmentalizes data as well as any computer, and she forgets nothing. Velvet is not a bland reciter of facts like some. You know the ones. They look up, their eyes glaze as the pull up well rehearsed facts which they recite with precision and all the charm of an automotron. No. Velvet is smooth, elegant and poised. When she corrects your misinformation, you feel grateful. Unless of course you are threatened by such realities. Velvet is polite, digniﬁed and carries a conﬁdent air of feminine power.
TIFFEN fancies himself a warrior. Well versed in the defensive arts, even though on Mars there is no real need. TIFFEN is energetic, enthusiastic and empathetic. TIFFEN is humble and polite, despite his edgy interests. TIFFEN is very good at de-escalating a situation and will use his knowledge of the defense arts reluctantly.
TIFFEN is very fond of the giant robot Nikola built solely for this earth mission. He talked Nikola into creating a cockpit within the robot so he can go on “battle ride alongs”. When the two work together, things are less black and white.
From Spring's menagerie of cybertronic zoo critters, Dodo is by far her favorite and constant companion.His overly dramatic personality might suggest he still requires some fine-tuning, though.
Ever since the day that Nikola Tesla appeared on the radar of the power industrialists that run the show, he has been admired with great fear. Tesla's agenda for the common good of humanity was an existential threat to them all, especially, The Jed. 1940s Jed never believed Tesla died in 1943, and 5 generations of Jeds have since relentlessly pursued Tesla. They want him dead, or preferably alive and controlled.
Jed's long-time enforcer of all things illegal and lethal. A whispy cyborg of a man, if you can call him that. Black Carbon was once a mere mortal hitman who served several generations of Jeds. Back then, he was only known as Buck. His final hit was meant to be on a group of scientists who were close to uncovering Jed's direct involvement in the global warming crisis. But the hit goes sideways when the scientists trick Buck into a simulation chamber that was created to emulate Earth's "worst-case air pollution."Failing his mission, Buck is assumed dead.Jed's plan B team storms in, dispatches the scientists and takes over the lab. Unaware that Buck is still alive, the new science officers continue the simulation. A vaporous human form takes shape within the chamber.Jed invests in a cyborg containment suit for his smoky faithful servant and deems him Black Carbon.
Dan Cote is the co-creator the popular indy comic, Zen Intergalactic Ninja. In the 35+ years since its inception, Dan has been a professional graphic artist by day and illustrator by night. ZEN INTERGALACTIC NINJA Zen the comic was later adapted into a video game for both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy in 1993 by Konami. The games feature Zen fighting the toxic villain, Lord Contaminous. An underlord bent on destroying Earth's ecological environment. In addition to the video games, Zen was licensed for numerous products, including a set of six action figures from the Just Toys company. Other licensed products include posters from the Starmakers company, phone cards from Patco, chromium cards from Maxx, and a vinyl model kit from Inteleg International. Zen Intergalactic Ninja continues to be published today with publisher 1First Comics. “I’ve always experimented with my art approach. Zen was the first comic to be fully airbrushed, first to be full page 3D, first to have an environmental theme.” – Dan TALES OF TESLA Dan has always felt a responsibility to create stories for all ages that carry a message of stewardship for planet Earth. Tesla Foundation CEO, Wil Cashen sat with Dan and was so intrigued by Dans vision and unique art style that he started Tesla Comics. Dan the creator, is launching 4 new titles for TESLA COMICS under the TALES OF TESLA banner. “I’m back in creator mode and continue to experimant and break new ground.” – Dan
THE TOY INDUSTRY While creating comics by night, Dan enjoyed an 18 year career Leading design, illustrating and directing such brands as; BAKUGAN, DreamWorks’ HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, HOT WHEELS, MONSTER JAM, TYCO RC, SUPER DINO, MINECRAFT, ANGRY BIRDS, SPY GEAR and more. Dan was the exclusive card designer for the first generation BAKUGAN CARDS. Many he illustrated himself. “Even packaging art is a form of storytelling. The package is essentially a stage for the narrative, and you’ve got seconds to grab a shoppers attention and make your point.” – Dan
Victor Manso is a multi-faceted artist from Venezuela with over 20 years of experience in the performing arts. Victor studied filmmaking in Barcelona, Spain, where he focused on screenwriting, directing, and cinematography. After being accepted from a large pool of candidates, he traveled to New York City, where he graduated from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting's conservatory. His storytelling and writing skills have led him to work as a freelance screenplay, novel, copy, and comic book writer.Victor resides in Los Angeles, CA, and currently works with forward-thinking companies developing practical and mindful solutions to fight climate change. He works together with Dan in crafting the stories that constantly seek to educate about Climate Change.