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Strangebeard! The hard-fightin' all-ages adventure comic about a twelve-year-old girl who's just become the world's greatest pirate.

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FUNDED! 4th STRETCH GOAL REACHED!

On the night of her twelfth birthday, young waitress Jenny Brigham is possessed by the Ghost of Augustus Strangebeard, the Pirate Emperor. Since the old captain was missing an eye, a hand and a leg, Jenny gains superior vision, a powerful punch, and a wickedly strong kick... but also the loyalty of Strangebeard's pirate crew!

I've been publishing on the web at Strangebeard.com for over a year now, filling the comic with crazy things that I love: dracula pirates, a gambling Boston terrier, a mysterious governor, and a ten-year-old wizard who takes orders from his dead father's skull. It's the most fun I've ever had as a cartoonist, and Volume 1 has been completed.

** FINAL PINUP ARTIST: TIM SALE! **

The final artist to be revealed is my all-time favorite comic artist Tim Sale, artist of such amazing books such as Batman: The Long Halloween and Daredevil: Yellow. Tim is a genius and it is mathematically impossible for me to be more happy that he's in the book.

Tim Sale's black-and-white pinup
Tim Sale's black-and-white pinup

** PINUP ARTIST #8: ELLIOT COWAN! **

Another late addition, I'm very pleased to announce Mr. Elliot Cowan, filmmaker and Australian, to the book. Elliot is a New York-based animation director who recently completed his first animated feature film. It's called The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead, and it's very marvelous indeed.

** PINUP ARTIST #7: LAR DESOUZA! **

A late addition to the book, Lar was nice enough to produce this incredible drawing to help me keep updating the Strangebeard.com website while the Kickstarter was running. It was always my intention to ask him for Volume 2 but I decided that I could make space in the current volume, if he agreed. And he has!

Lar will be doing a special Captain Morder drawing for the book!

Lar DeSouza draws Jenny's crew! Amazing!
Lar DeSouza draws Jenny's crew! Amazing!

 Lar is also taking donations for multiple sclerosis, so if you've got a dollar or two to spare, please help get Sailor Bacon back for 2014!

** PINUP ARTIST #6: NICK BRADSHAW! **

I'm pleased as punch to welcome Nick Bradshaw, artist of such books as Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and Wolverine and the X-Men, to The Ghost Pirate's Gift. Nick is an incredible talent and one of my favorite fellows, and I couldn't be happier he agreed to participate.

Nick Bradshaw's fantastic pinup!
Nick Bradshaw's fantastic pinup!

** PINUP ARTIST #5: MATILDA TINDALL! **

I'm very proud to reveal this awesome abstract painting from up-and-coming creator Matilda Tindall, my three-year-old daughter! She's the both the co-creator and star of my diary webcomic The Adventurers. This is her first published piece.

"Morder's Lament" by Matilda Tindall
"Morder's Lament" by Matilda Tindall

** PINUP ARTIST #4: FIONA STAPLES! **

I'm very excited to announce Eisner-nominated superstar artist Fiona Staples (Saga) as the next pinup artist! She's drawing Captain Morder, which I'm thrilled about as Fiona's first comic book was the great vampire satire Done to Death (recently collected by IDW).

The mid-painting WIP of the pinup by Fiona Staples
The mid-painting WIP of the pinup by Fiona Staples

** UPDATE: WANTED POSTERS! **

Now that we've comfortably passed the minimum, I'm releasing a new special reward level: WANTED CRIMINAL. At the $175 CAD level, you'll receive not just the book and PDF, but also a handmade, tea-stained 11x17 wanted poster of your very own, complete with a sinister nickname and crimes of your own devising!

A sample wanted poster
A sample wanted poster

** PINUP ARTIST #3: TOM FOWLER! **

I am very happy to reveal that the third top secret pinup artist is the marvelously moustachioed Tom Fowler! Tom is a great friend of mine and one of the most blazingly talented painters I've ever seen. It's a real treat to welcome him to the book.

An example of Tom's amazing artwork!
An example of Tom's amazing artwork!

** PINUP ARTIST #2: MIKE ROOTH! **

The second pinup artist to revealed is Mike Rooth! Mike is a fantastic illustrator and boasts perhaps the finest beard in eastern Canada! Check him out at MikeRooth.com or on his awesome Instagram!

Mike Rooth's excellent pinup
Mike Rooth's excellent pinup

We're gonna make Strangebeard into a book I can hold in my hands! Now, let's make it even better!

Strangebeard, Volume 1: The Ghost Pirate's Gift will collect Parts One through Five, which you can read at Strangebeard.com right now. The story is a complete arc starting at Jenny's ghostly possession and continuing to the epic battle between Jenny and the vampiric Captain Morder.

The good news is this: I'm done! The complete 114-page Volume 1 of Strangebeard is in the tank. Once I've finished the design work and fully assembled my crack team of A-list pinup artists, the book is ready for print with your much-appreciated assistance.

Strangebeard, Volume 1: The Ghost Pirate's Gift will contain the following:

• 128 pulse-pounding all-ages pages in softcover! UPDATE: Upgraded to medium weight paper and heavyweight gloss cover!

• 500 copies of the book in deliciously vibrant full colour!

• A tasty pinup section containing all-new Strangebeard art from nine artists including USA Today's Artist of the Year Riley Rossmo, illustrator Mike Rooth, painter Tom Fowler, Eisner nominee Fiona Staples, Marvel artist Nick Bradshaw, webcomics superstar Lar DeSouza and Eisner winner Tim Sale!

• A scintillating foreword from industry legend Richard Starkings, founder and First Tiger of Comicraft and creator of Elephantmen and Hip Flask!

Let's make a book. Books are the best.

Jenny (our heroine), Lemmy (her dog), and Sealock (her sidekick))
Jenny (our heroine), Lemmy (her dog), and Sealock (her sidekick))

Jenny Brigham is a hard-working eleven-year-old who helps her mother keep their tavern running on a lawless island in the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy.

However, on the night of her twelfth birthday, Jenny is mistakenly possessed by the Ghost of Augustus Strangebeard. Since the old pirate was missing an eye, a hand, and a leg, Jenny is gifted with superior vision, a rock-hard punch, and a super-powerful kick... but also the loyalty of Strangebeard's aged but duplicitous crew.

Now, hunted by both the law and Strangebeard's seven super-powered killers, Jenny must assemble the magical Effects of Strangebeard and become the new Pirate Empress.

Jenny and Sluggo Sealock, her First Mate
Jenny and Sluggo Sealock, her First Mate

As a special bonus, Strangebeard, Volume 1: The Ghost Pirate's Gift will include a foreword by Elephantmen creator Richard Starkings. The book will also include a pinup section featuring some of my favorite artists. The first one I'll reveal is USA Today's Artist of the Year Riley Rossmo (Green Wake, DrumHellar). Check it out:

A stunning pinup by Riley Rossmo
A stunning pinup by Riley Rossmo

I will be revealing new pinup artists every couple of days during the campaign, so be sure to check back often!

Peel your peepers and cast 'em to the right! While most of my goal is simply to publish a beautiful little trade paperback of Strangebeard, Volume 1, I've assembled a host of backer rewards to help stir the pot, including postcards, PDFs, and original art in a host of varieties.

But are there stretch goals?

You bet your buckles there's stretch goals!

 • $5,000 - UNLOCKED! Everyone at the $25 level and up gets an awesome GIRLS MAKE THE BEST PIRATES die-cut sticker AND a FRIENDSHIP IS THE BEST TREASURE (EXCEPT FOR GOLD) bookmark! Ooo arrr!

 • $6,000 - UNLOCKED! The physical book is upgraded with nicer, thicker paper and a nice sturdy gloss cover. Shiny as a gold doubloon!

• $7,000 - UNLOCKED! The Strangebeard Volume 1 site will be mirrored and professionally translated into French! A very special and specific treat for my home province of Quebec. Merci beaucoup, mes amis!

• $8,000 - UNLOCKED! The book will be extended by twelve pages! If we reach this goal, I will include "The Ballad of Strawberry Sam", a short story that reveals why Strawberry Sam (ninja pirate hunter) was late in arriving on Crook Island. This will be an exclusive to the book, it will not appear on the site.

UPDATE: I will also be adding gold foil to the logo on the cover!

 • $9,000 - LOCKED! I will be able to print 1,000 copies instead of 500!

This is my first crack at a Kickstarter, and I am 100% committed to its success. I want this book in your hands. As it has always been with the webcomic itself, your assistance in spreading the word about this campaign via Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook or message in a bottle is much appreciated.

I cannot tell you how excited I am to hold this book in my hands. I love making the comic and I love the freedom of the web but my mitts are aching to flip through those pages.

Let's do this! Yo ho!

Risks and challenges

The book is complete! My hand is hovering over the red 'Print This Book!' button as we speak.

The risks are limited to either printing delays or delays in getting the final art for the pinup section, and, of course, the slim possibility that my studio is attacked by pirates and I am taken hostage.

However, I will keep each and every one of you up-to-date on the book.

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    SWAB LEVEL! You get my eternal thanks, as well a DRM-free PDF copy of my 24-page black-and-white PG minicomic STINK (about a guy driven mad by a phantom smell).

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    CABIN BOY LEVEL! You'll get slightly more eternal thanks, as well as a DRM-free PDF collection of my long-finished ridiculous 35-page all-ages parody webcomic THAT'S SO KRAVEN!

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    SEA COOK LEVEL! Forget eternal thanks! Here you'll get a DRM-free PDF of STRANGEBEARD, VOLUME 1. Your iPad or tablet will be the envy of the rest of your crew!

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    SHIP'S SURGEON LEVEL! You'll receive not only a physical copy of STRANGEBEARD, VOLUME 1 but also the DRM-free PDF and a postcard.

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    THE LAST SASKATCHEWAN PIRATE LEVEL! For residents of Alberta and Saskatchewan ONLY! You'll receive a physical copy of STRANGEBEARD, VOLUME 1 as well as the backer-exclusive postcard... and I will personally draw Pilsner rabbits, gophers, plaid shirts and Saskatchewan flags all over the book. In-jokes for the Midwest!

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    BLEED'N DROOL LEVEL! As a special 'thank you' to Bleeding Cool readers, I will send a physical copy of STRANGEBEARD, VOL. 1 and the backer-exclusive postcard... but I will also draw scratches, bloody noses, drool, and other injuries all over the characters! Signed and numbered, limited to 30.

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    BOSUN LEVEL! You'll receive a physical copy of STRANGEBEARD, VOLUME 1 as well as DRM-free PDF and a postcard... but I'll also sketch a pirate of your choice inside the front cover.

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    QUARTERMASTER LEVEL! You'll receive a copy of STRANGEBEARD, VOLUME 1 as well as DRM-free PDF... but instead of a postcard you'll get a 4x6 black-and-white drawing of a single character of your choice!

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    MERCHANT LEVEL! Five copies of the book at retail for comic-book stores and bookstores who wish to share in the all-ages pirate adventure. For comic shops or store owners ONLY!

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    SHIP MASTER LEVEL! Appear in STRANGEBEARD, VOLUME 2! You (or a person of your choice) will appear as a supporting character in an upcoming STRANGEBEARD tale. You'll also get a physical copy of VOLUME 1 (with a sketch of your choice inside).

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    CASTAWAY LEVEL! Get killed in STRANGEBEARD, VOLUME 2! You will appear as a supporting character in an upcoming STRANGEBEARD tale who will meet a gruesome fate. You'll also get a physical copy of VOLUME 1 (with a sketch of your choice inside).

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    FIRST MATE LEVEL! You'll receive a physical copy of STRANGEBEARD, VOLUME 1 as well as DRM-free PDF. You will also receive one of the pages of ORIGINAL INKED 10x15 artwork from STRANGEBEARD, VOLUME 1.
    First come, first serve (certain pages will not be available) but I'll try to honor all requests.

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    MERCHANT LEVEL TWO! Ten copies of the book at retail for comic-book shops and bookstores who want to share in the piratical love. For shop owners and retailers ONLY!

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    PIRATE CAPTAIN LEVEL! I'll send you a physical copy of STRANGEBEARD, VOLUME 1 as well as the PDF... but you will also get a fully-drawn 11x17 commission of whatever you'd like. It will be an elegantly-rendered inkwash drawing on high quality paper. A real showpiece to gussy up your ship's cabin!

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    WANTED CRIMINAL LEVEL! You'll receive a physical copy of STRANGEBEARD, VOL. 1, a PDF, and also a tea-stained 11x17 WANTED POSTER. This elegant item will be individually hand-made and lettered, and will feature YOU as a wanted villain! You may select your own nefarious nickname and list your own heinous crimes.

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    ADMIRAL LEVEL! You'll receive a signed physical copy of STRANGEBEARD, VOL. 1 as well as a PDF. You will also receive the stunning ORIGINAL PAINTING for Riley Rossmo's beautiful pinup.

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    VICE ADMIRAL LEVEL! You'll receive a signed physical copy of STRANGEBEARD, VOL. 1 as well as a PDF. You will also receive the fantastic ORIGINAL 11x17 ARTWORK for Mike Rooth's gorgeous pinup.

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    ADMIRAL CHIEF LEVEL! You'll receive a signed physical copy of STRANGEBEARD, VOL. 1, the PDF, and you will also get the amazing 8x10 inkwashed artwork for Nick Bradshaw's fantastic pinup!

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