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Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy A. Bastian

Cursed Pirate Girl (edition 2012)

by Jeremy A. Bastian, Jeremy A. Bastian (Illustrator)

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Title:Cursed Pirate Girl
Authors:Jeremy A. Bastian (Author)
Other authors:Jeremy A. Bastian (Illustrator)
Info:Archaia Entertainment, LLC (2012), Hardcover, 152 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Review Copies
Tags:arc, ebook, netgalley, graphic novel, fantasy, pirates, read2012

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Very Alice in Wonderland-ish, the artwork is exceptional but overly busy for me ( )
  lesmel | Aug 20, 2014 |
Absolutely gorgeous, to-die-for artwork -- along with a fabulous story and swashbuckling delights? That's a recipe for success, friends. Jeremy Bastian is new favorite for certain. ( )
  eenerd | Jul 30, 2014 |
This is an art book which has such exquisite drawings! It challenges Gustave Dore and the imagination of the author shines throughout. Also published in French. ( )
  Artymedon | Jul 21, 2014 |
Not my normal type of art, but it is GORGEOUS. So intricate. ( )
  scote23 | Dec 26, 2013 |
Cursed Pirate Girl is stunning. There is no artist today in comic books who can draw like Jeremy Bastian. When the first issue of this collection came out years ago, it immediately caught my eye. The detailed black & white line drawings are irresistible. The main character and the story line are at once unique and familiar. Cursed Pirate Girl has an aura about it, that of always having been trapped inside our heads, and Bastian has managed to conjure it like Michelangelo freed his sculptures from marble. I would roughly describe it as a more elaborate, weirder Alice in Wonderland on the high seas.

The plot: Cursed Pirate Girl is stranded on an island after having been abandoned by her father, but she does not remember him or know why he left her there. She befriends the daughter of the pompous, aristocratic governor the island and institutes a rebellious streak in the daughter that results in a humiliating interaction (for the governor) with a visiting dignitary. The governor sends an old pirate to kill the Cursed Pirate Girl, but instead, she escapes with her faithful parrot sidekick and heads off in search of her father whom she asserts is one of the greatest pirate captains sailing the Omerta Seas—mystical oceans teeming with bizarre creatures. Apparently, she has some mystical powers herself thanks to being the daughter of a true pirate captain, including the ability to breathe underwater and fearlessness. Adventure ensues.

Thematically, the story is straightforward. There is a sense of Robin Hood. A sense of the underdog as the hero, the rich and powerful as the victimizers. Pirates aren't necessarily good, but they are the counterbalance to the arrogance of the merchants and aristocrats. Pirates are not strictly idealized, although the heroine certainly is. Cursed Pirate Girl encounters sleazy, ugly, vicious pirates and noble ones as well. I also note a comfort with the strange. Strangeness as normal.

Cursed Pirate Girl is just so damn fun, so damn creative, and so damn beautiful that I urge you to pick it up. The hardback collected edition is wonderful to hold. The quality of the paper is impeccable with tactile deckled edges. There's even a few extra snippets of story and a four-page fold-out "Wanted Poster" of the Cursed Pirate Girl. When I met Jeremy at two different comic book conventions, I snapped up some limited edition prints he was offering. He's a laid back and very pleasant person. I suspect he's going to be a sought after fine artist for the rest of his life, but I hope he'll have time to continue this comic.

If you have any interest in graphic storytelling, if you have any interest in illustrative art, if you have any interest in black & white ink drawings, if you have any interest in adventure stories, if you have any interest in young female protagonists of heroic stature, if you have any interest in oddity and the surreal, if you like Alice in Wonderland, if you have any interest in any of these, then I urge you to get this book! You will not be disappointed.
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  David_David_Katzman | Nov 26, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Bastian, Jeremy A.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bastian, Jeremy A.Illustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Absinthe, JackCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morrissey, PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Adventures on and under the high seas lead a cursed pirate girl to encounter mythic creatures, gnarled and crusty pirates, and ghostly apparitions as she tries to find her lost father, one of the dreaded Pirate Captains of the mythical Omerta Seas. Cursed Pirate Girl is a whimsical, swashbuckling tale of wonderland journeys and unimaginable dangers, starting in Port Elisabeth, Jamaica in the year 1728, and quickly heading across - and beneath - the waves!… (more)

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