I was only vaguely aware of this series from creator Jeremy Bastian and Olympian Publishing. All I knew was that it was a critical darling and made with much care and detail. Then a friend at work today was looking at Kickstarter (a site where support and financial contributions are encouraged to see unique projects come to life) so I thought I’d share this. You can check out all the info and a video explaining the project here. Funding opportunities will close on October 14.
Here’s how the project is described:
Cursed Pirate Girl is the comic book tale of a salty little adventurer traveling in search of her lost father, one of the dreaded Pirate Captains of the mythical Omerta Seas. Rendered in a stunning pen and ink style the story begins in Port Elisabeth, Jamaica in the year 1728, and quickly heads across- and beneath- the waves.
“It’s all too rare that I see work that is truly original- and I almost never see work THIS original- Jeremy Bastian is a genius.”
-Mike Mignola, Eisner Award winning creator of Hellboy
“A throwback to classic storytelling that any age can enjoy.”
-David Petersen, Eisner Award winning creator of Mouse Guard
The story is like the fairy tales we all grew up with- perfect for kids, but with bits that will make them shudder… If you’re an adult who likes Terry Gilliammovies, or movies like The Princess Bride, you’ll love this more than the kids do.
We’re now preparing to release the collected edition of Cursed Pirate Girl, just over 100 pages and representing three years of Jeremy’s dedication to telling her story. We’ve made a commitment to environmentally conscious printing in North America, and that means that the cost to manufacture our books is more than twice what it would cost if we were printing them overseas with mass produced materials.
To offset the costs of printing using all recycled materials and still be able to keep the collected edition competitive at $20 cover price, we’re putting together some packages that are only going to be offered this month, and only through Kickstarter. We’ll be using the same heavy papers, and we’ll also be stamping each and every copy of the book by hand to make each one unique. We hope that as Cursed Pirate Girl’s audience continues to grow, you’ll be happy that you have something that we believe is really special, and your Kickstarter edition will show that you were part of helping make this book happen.
We should also mention that there are some really special things in Cursed Pirate Girl’s future, including an audio version that we’re currently working on with some stars that you wouldn’t believe reading the characters, including MirrorMask star Stephanie Leonidas as Cursed Pirate Girl, comic legendsGrant Morrison and Dave McKean as the Swordfish Brothers, and the greatest UFC fighter of all time, Randy Couture, as the vile henchman Sharky.