** LAST UPDATE #4: Strangebeard pinup by Scott Chantler! **
The final update before the end of this curious and interesting campaign... Canadian cartooning legend Scott Chantler is our final pinup artist! He is the creator of the Three Thieves series from Kids Can Press, and the mind behind the amazing Two Generals. Check him out at his swank new website!
** UPDATE #3: Strangebeard pinup by Troy Little! **
Troy Little, the terrific artist of the comic adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as well as Chiaroscuro, Angora Napkin and Rick & Morty VS Dungeons & Dragons, is our latest pinup artist!
** UPDATE #2: Strawberry Sam pinup by Brenda Hickey! **
The second pinup artist is revealed, and it's none other than Brenda Hickey, the amazing artist of My Little Pony, Ward's Valley and Halls of the Turnip King! Brenda is a huge talent and we're so happy to have her aboard!
** UPDATE #1: Strangeduck pinup by Tad Stones! **
Since we've passed the 25% mark, here's the first pinup artist... Disney Afternoon legend (and creator of Darkwing Duck) Tad Stones!
Tad is one of my favorite people in the business and an absolute legend, and I couldn't be happier to have him aboard!
Up-and-coming pirate captain Jenny Brigham has it all...She's survived her first night as a new Pirate Master of the Endless Sea. She has a (half-destroyed) ship, a (mediocre) crew of crusty rascals, and most important -- a (very very good) dog!
But where do you go from here when the five remaining super-powered Pirate Masters are hunting for your head?
Strangebeard 2 answers that question and more, as Jenny sets in motion her plans to capture the remaining Effects of Strangebeard (whose combination will grant ownership over the ocean!) and vanquish the next Pirate Master on her list. But Jenny will have to grow up fast in this merciless new world of pirates and sea monsters, and she will find that danger comes not only from her super-powered enemies... but from her own darkening mind.
Strangebeard 2: Electric Bugaboo is a 128-page story that collects Parts Six through Ten of the Strangebeard epic webcomic, which you can read at Strangebeard.com right now. A complete arc starting with Jenny's hunt for The Merchant King and his mechanical t-rex/pirate ship Shiprex, it continues through to the epic battle between Jenny and both Boss Bradshaw (The Electric Pirate) and the sea monster Sargassus.
The good news is this: I'm nearly done! The complete Volume 2 of Strangebeard is almost in the tank and it will be done by the time the campaign ends. Once I've finished the design work and fully assembled the work from my A-list pinup artists, the book will ready for print... with your much-appreciated assistance! You'll be able to buy copies of either book, both books, and you can pick up some artwork to boot. It's a win/win!
Strangebeard 2: Electric Bugaboo will be limited to 500 copies and will contain the following:
• 128 pulse-pounding all-ages full-colour pages in softcover!
• A tasty pinup section containing all-new Strangebeard art from artists to be revealed every week of the campaign!
• A truly fantastic foreword from Gideon Defoe, the author of The Pirates! book series and the writer of the Aardman film adaptation The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
And, not insignificantly, I will be reprinting Strangebeard, Volume 1: The Ghost Pirate's Gift, which has been out of print for a year. I'm going to remaster the artwork and fix up a few colour and character inconsistencies, and fix a couple of spelling mistakes. It'll look even better than before. Let's bring it back!
The 500-copy reprint of Strangebeard, Volume 1: The Ghost Pirate's Gift will consist of the following:
• 128 pulse-pounding full-colour pages covering Parts One through Five of Strangebeard!
• Remastered artwork with improved colour!
• I'll fix that one spelling mistake from the end of the book that really bothers me!
• A truly astounding pinup section featuring drawings by Riley Rossmo, Tom Fowler, Fiona Staples, Mike Rooth, Lar DeSouza, Tim Sale, and more! See more about the book at my very first Kickstarter right here!
Printing both books at the same time is a big challenge even for a seasoned salty comics-slinger such as me, so I am counting on you to help get out the word! In this campaign, people will not only be able to buy the book and get their name on the Backer's Page, but for higher pledges you might actually appear in the book! In Electric Bugaboo, several backers from the first campaign make their appearance... and not all of them make it out alive!
Jenny Brigham is a twelve-year-old girl and the world's deadliest pirate. Having taken the mantle (and magical powers!) of the long-dead Pirate Emperor Strangebeard, she now hunts for the seven Pirate Masters who slew him and separated his fantastical Effects, the combination of which grant the owner the title of Pirate Emperor of the Endless Oceans!
Due to the original Captain Strangebeard having an eye patch, a hook hand and a peg leg, Jenny now has a super-strong punch, a mighty kick, and super vision! But she also has both the loyalty of Strangebeard's surviving crew... and the hatred of the Pirate Masters who have now turned their attention to Jenny!
Together with her not-entirely-trustworthy First Mate Sluggo Sealock and her loyal pupper Lemmy, Jenny must stay the course and face the five remaining Pirate Masters.
Sluggo Sealock is the disgraced former First Mate of "The Crashing Boar", Jenny's inherited pirate ship. After the conclusion of "The Ghost Pirate's Gift", he is left injured and alone in the brig of the "Boar"... But Sealock is a crafty old pirate, and he has much information to trade for his freedom. But not his dignity!
Lemmy is a dog.
Anyway, let's talk stretch goals.
My primary goal is to get my beloved Strangebeards into print... but with every extra dollar I will be able to do more and more to make the campaign better. While the lion's share of my goal is to bring you a printed version of my beloved Strangebeard 2 (and return Volume 1 to the land of publish...ment), I still have a few tricks up my sleeve. But are there stretch goals?
Yes, there are.
14k: I will include an all-new Strangebeard print, a new sticker and a laminated Strangebeard fan club card with every physical order! Extra swag, guys. Awww yiss.
15k: I will add foil stamping to the logo on the cover! The cover to Strangebeard: The Ghost Pirate's Gift had gold foil stamping and it looked terrific. I would love to do that again.... Gold for the first book, silver for the second.
16k: This is the big one. I can now print 1000 copies of each book. Thanks so much, folks!
This is my third crack at a Kickstarter, and I am 100% committed to its success. I want this book in your piratey hands (and hooks!). As it has always been with the webcomic itself, your assistance in spreading the word about this campaign via Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram or message in a bottle is much appreciated.
I cannot tell you how excited I am to get these books made! I love writing and drawing the comic and I love the freedom of the web but my mitts are aching to flip through those pages. Let's do this again! Yo ho!
Risks and challenges
The risks are mostly that I'll drag my butt and not get the books done quickly or sent out as quickly as possible. It happens! To circumvent this, I've nearly completed the book ahead of the launch of the campaign so that neither of us have to wait too long for me. The books will arrive before Christmas this year! Kapow!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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