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Help us translate the first volume of our acclaimed european pirate story, and reformat it into a vibrant comic book !

Please take a look at our FACEBOOK PAGE where exclusive new drawings are posted regularly!

"Seventeenth century, somewhere on the coast of Venezuela.

Captain Alexander Crown is dead, murdered in his own cabin. In his will, Crown has entrusted Red, his chief officer, the care of reuniting his five children, born from the seeds of an adventurous life spent traveling the Caribbean Sea.

A great inheritance awaits them, but the task is difficult: they are uncontrollable, dangerous, and hate each other... As much as they hated the father who ruined their lives."

Sounds intriguing ?... We are writer Tristan Roulot and artist Patrick Hénaff. Based in Montréal, Canada, we are the creators behind The Will of Captain Crown, a grown-up pirate story, filled with adventure, murders and family madness !!! True to the spirit of hardcore pirates, the project doesn’t forget the historical reality surrounding epic actions scenes !

The Project : 

Originally released in France in 2011 as a deluxe double album , we now want this acclaimed story to be available for our North American readers in a comic book format. Fully translated by professional comic book writer Yann Brouillette, the European pages will be reformatted and reworked by us, the original authors, into two high quality graphic novels.

Here is an example of the process we'll use to turn a European sequence into a comic book page. You can see the immediate benefit on the atmosphere, by dividing the scene on two separate pages. It also makes for a more suspenseful and thrilling reading experience.

Please, feel free to enjoy the result in this DIGITAL 12-PAGES PREVIEW

12-pages free preview
12-pages free preview

Please take a look at our FACEBOOK PAGE where exclusive new drawings are posted regularly!

PRESS REVIEWS : Of course we think that "the Will Of Captain Crown" is the best pirate story you will read in years !!! But don't just take our word for it, here is what the European press has to say about the book :

« A breathtaking story. Tristan Roulot offers a scenario that will move you and surprise you at every moment. »
Publikart.net

« A truculent quest filled with bumps and lies. Patrick Hénaff has the gift of crunching unforgettable bloated faces. »
BDZOOM.com

« Surprises just hit you one after the other until the very last page, giving the reader a burning desire to discover the end of the story. »
Bdgest.com

The series met a similar welcome in Germany and Holland where it was translated earlier this year, and was even nominated at Canada's Joe Shuster Comic Book Award in the "Outstanding Writer" category.

REWARDS : books, prints and original artworks... There will be treasures in Captain Crown's vault, waiting for you, loyal backers !

- Here is the new Perla de Oro small print (6"x10"). You can have it two ways : by choosing one of the "Perla de Oro", "Letter of Mark+Perla de Oro" or "Collector" pledge (freely included, but we can not modify it), or adding 5$ to you actual pledge (above "And the story begins").

- Here you can find some original inked arts (5,5x7"), reserved for the "Seadogs" backers :

- Here is the original design of the Alexander Crown's wax seal we will use for the Letter of Mark backers :

- Here is the print reserved for the "Faroh" Backers (11"x14"):

- Here is the print reserved for the "Astarte" Backers (11"x14") :

- Here is the print reserved for the "Siltje" Backers (11"x14") :

- Here is a full page picture (11"x14") of Red, the second in command of Captain Crown. The "Korsar" and "Bucaneer" Backers will receive this kind of inked sketch on a bristol board, so you may frame it, if you want. Feel free to ask us for something special, and artist Patrick Hénaff will answer you.

-Here are the five original pages we offer for the "master of the fleet" backers (contact us to reserve the page you want ) :

The Ship (14" X 17" India ink on paper) - RESERVED
The Ship (14" X 17" India ink on paper) - RESERVED
Memories (11"x17", india ink on paper)
Memories (11"x17", india ink on paper)
Navy snipers (22"x17", india ink on paper)
Navy snipers (22"x17", india ink on paper)
The crew rebellion (22"x17", india ink on paper)
The crew rebellion (22"x17", india ink on paper)
A family reunited (22"x17", india ink on paper)
A family reunited (22"x17", india ink on paper)

STRETCH GOALS : we have lots of ideas, including hard cover, embossment, exclusive prints, extra pages with researchs&bonus material, etc. Our goal is to make the most beautiful and unforgettable book possible, something that you will be proud to show-off on your shelf !

 Feel free to ask us any question that crosses your mind, we'll be glad to answer it ! Let's make that ship sail again together !!!

(UPDATE) INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

In order to ensure a simple and reasonably priced delivery, we decided to go with the same shipping rate for every country outside NAM.

Just add 10$ to any pledge (except for the "master of the fleet" one, which requires extra insurance), and receive your book and any extra you chose, delivered at you door.

Looking forward to start sending the rewards, for there is nothing more exciting as a comic book Author than picturing your book travelling all over the world !

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There no risk that we can think of : the whole material already exist, just waiting to be reworked and translated. In anticipation for the kickstarter campaign, we already produced a first 22 pages issue (the one we handle in the video). This way, we have tested differents settings for production, and evaluated all the costs, to guaranty you the highest standard of quality for the future book.

FAQ

  • In order to ensure a simple and reasonably priced delivery, we decided to go with the same shipping rate for every country outside North America

    Just add 10$ to any pledge (except for the "master of the fleet" one, which requires extra insurance), and receive your book and any extras you chose, delivered at you door.

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  • For the Faroh, Siltje and Astarte Prints, the size will be at least 10"1/4x14"
    The Book will be standard comic book size : 6"3/4 x10"1/4
    This can evolve as future stretch goals are reached...

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  • Sure ! Just add 25$ to your pledge, or 35$ if you want it numbered/signed/seal waxed. Whenever you're in Canada/US/outside NAM area, don't forget to add another 5$ for each book shipping fee, as the weight increase and fall into a more expensive category.

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  • We want to keep the prints limited and exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign. We will print 75 of each one, seal waxed, numbered and signed, and not one more :) So, if you want one, you have to choose between the Siltje, Astarté, Faroh or Collector pledge, sorry.

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  • This first campaign is for the first of the two books. Yes, the first book conclude itself, in the way that it answers all of the questions you'll have during the reading. But at the end, you surely wants to know what will become of the surviving characters, and that's the reason of the second book !

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  • Sure ! We're still amazed by the response on this first Kickstarter campaign, we will sure do it his way for the second book. And we plan to make the print in a form of two independant comic books only available for kickstarter, to be sure to keep them as a true collectible item. That's right, you'll never find this two books available anywhere else.

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  • We will launch the kickstarter for the second volume, just after you received your reward for the frist book, let's say during april. Maybe a little sooner, so you will not have to wait too long to discover the end of the story.

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    AND THE STORY BEGINS : The beautifully crafted 80 pages paper version of the Will of Captain Crown, sent to you in all its glory : that's the main goal of this campaign. You will also receive our special bookmark, exclusive for the Kickstarter campaign ! + all of the above. Please, contact us for shipping outside North America.

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    LETTER OF MARK + PERLA DE ORO : the 6"x10" print of an epic sea battle featured in the book + The beautifully crafted 80 pages paper version of the Will of Captain Crown + signature of the authors with a true ink&quill set + your copy will be marked with the exclusive wax seal of the captain Crown (original design by Patrick Hénaff), only available for the kickstarter campaign. For shipping to the US, please add 5$. For shipping outside North America, please add another 5$. Please, contact us for shipping outside North America.

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    MASTER OF THE FLEET : The author signed, seal-waxed version of the book + one original high sized, inked, and finely detailed board of the first issue of the european version of "The Will of Captain Crown". See more details on the left. Please, contact us for shipping outside North America.

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    THE TRUE HEIR : Yes ! This is it : the one and only WILL OF CAPTAIN CROWN, and this is a truly unique opportunity reserved for this kickstarter campaign. There will never be another one. This will be a unique piece of paper, quill&pen written by the original author (and former student in law) Tristan Roulot. Sealed in a leather roll. We'll send you the video of all the process... Up to you to open the seal when you receive it ! Also come with the signed/seal-waxed version of the book. Please, contact us for shipping outside North America.

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