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Jeremy Bastian and His Cursed Pirate Girl Return!

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Century Guild Events, Jeremy Bastian, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 10 November, 2012 by SeanChase

As you know, Century Guild has relocated its gallery from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California, and we are very pleased to announce that our new location will open with a very special book signing with none other than our good friend, Jeremy A. Bastian.  We will be holding a Grand Opening for the new gallery on December 1st, 2012 from 6-9pm.  Jeremy will be there in person to sign books, including advanced copies of his graphic novel, Cursed Pirate Girl, which is being published by Archaia Entertainment.  We will also be displaying exclusive artwork from Cursed Pirate Girl for the first time.

Cursed Pirate Girl: The Collected Edition, Volume 1 (Archaia Publishing, published Dec. 2012)

The ongoing story of Cursed Pirate Girl tells the whimsical tale of a young girl as she sets sail for adventure in search of her missing father, who is one of the legendary Pirate Captains of the mythical Omerta Seas.  On her voyages, both above and below the surface of the ocean, she encounters a series of bizarre, charming, and grotesque characters that leap forth from the page with such vitality and imagination that they rival the fantastical creations of Lewis Carroll, Winsor McCay, and Terry Gilliam.

Jeremy A. Bastian, attending San Diego Comic-Con 2012, stops by the Century Guild booth to meet fans and sign autographs of his work.

At a time when just about everyone seems to be familiar with comic book characters and their worlds, primarily due to the high-end film adaptations of superhero comic books, it has become increasingly rare for comics fans to stumble across anything original.  As Hellboy creator Mike Mignola has said, “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.”
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Wear Cutting Edge Art with Pride – New Shirts Now Available!

Posted in Comic Conventions, Gail Potocki, Jeremy Bastian, Malleus Rock Art Lab, Merchandise, San Diego Comic Con, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 12 July, 2012 by SeanChase

Step right up and see what wonders we have for you!

Just in time for the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, the Century Guild booth (Booth # 2845) is debuting new t-shirts featuring the extraordinary work of Jeremy A. Bastian, the Malleus Rock Art Lab, and Gail Potocki!  These new graphic t-shirts, aside from being fashionable and extremely comfortable, showcase the work of diverse and immensely talented artists at the height of their creative apex.  Now, why should you buy one (or all) of these very cool shirts?  Because they are amazing!  Let’s take a closer look at each one and you’ll see why.

 

First off, let’s see the exceptionally cool shirt done by Malleus

Thomas Negovan ‘The Divine Eye’ t-shirt (MALLEUS, 2012)

Available in sizes small, medium, large, and extra large, and produced in a limited edition number of 80, this deep v-neck, fitted t-shirt exclusively for the ladies (sorry, guys) is made of highest quality 100% cotton, features gold foil details, and the graphic was screened using high resolution to create the best possible image.  The design appearing on the t-shirt was originally created for a poster to help promote the release of  Thomas Negovan‘s historical 2011 debut single “The Divine Eye“, which was recorded on a Thomas Edison phonograph and released as a limited edition wax cylinder.  Certainly such a feat is worthy of recognition, and indeed commemoration, but no mere work of commercial art would suffice, so naturally Thomas turned to Malleus Rock Art Lab and what they created is simply spectacular.

Thomas Negovan ‘The Divine Eye’ poster (Malleus, 2011)

Malleus is an artist collective comprised of three unique and talented individuals.  Their work is inspired by Art Nouveau, Expressionism, Surrealism, Psychedelic Art, and Pop Art.  They’ve created works for everyone from Queens of the Stone Age and the Mars Volta to The Dresden Dolls and Amanda Palmer.  When it comes to creating indelible and iconic imagery to accompany and promote the releases and tours of today’s best music acts, Malleus is already a legend.

 

And from Gail Potocki‘s fantastic Freaks series…

Freaks t-shirts collection (Gail Potocki, 2012)

Also available in BOTH men’s and women’s sizes small, medium, large, and extra large, and produced in a limited edition number of 85 each gender, these ultra-comfortable and timeless, dark grey, crew-neck shirts are made of 100% cotton and screened from high resolution to best capture the masterful work of modern symbolist Gail Potocki‘s brilliant paintings.  The imagery for these two shirts is derived from  Gail’s Freaks series  done in 2009, which lovingly pays homage to the world of circus and carnival sideshow figures from the early part of the 20th Century.  These detailed and nuanced portraits manage to not only capture the essence of their subjects, but also the imaginations of all those who see them.  Imagine the look of intrigue on your friends’ faces as you proudly wear your own shirt featuring Annie Jones the Bearded Lady or Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy!

Annie Jones the Bearded Lady (Gail Potocki, 2009)

‘Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy’ (Gail Potocki, 2009)

Of her fascination with the freaks, Gail says, “I think part of it is that they had to blaze their own trail whether they wanted to or not.  Because they are so unique and rare, they stand out like diamonds in a sea of glass.
So too will the wearers of these awe-inspiring t-shirts, which are sure to become cult favorites and collector’s items, so be sure to pick yours up soon because they will disappear fast!

 

And from the imagination of Jeremy A. Bastian

Cursed Pirate Girl t-shirts (Jeremy A. Bastian, 2012)

Available in BOTH men’s and women’s sizes small, medium, large, and extra large, and produced in an extremely limited edition number of only 70, these stylish, grey crew-neck t-shirts are made from 100% cotton and feature a slick wrap-around design which was screened from high resolution and allows for the insane amount of detail of Jeremy Bastian‘s work to display itself.  The exclusive design features the Cursed Pirate Girl herself as she heroically leaps out of the reach of the clutches of her vile nemeses.  Whether you’re a fan of comic books, pirates, illustration, or just want to wear a really handsome shirt, we have your needs covered thanks to Jeremy’s remarkable work.

Cursed Pirate Girl: The Collected Edition, Volume 1 (Archaia Publishing, 2012)

Jeremy’s astonishingly illustrated and darkly, whimsical comic book for children has been acclaimed by some of the comics industry’s most respected names and the first three epic issues were recently collected in a single volume by Archaia Publishing.  The title has been on the rise in popularity and there’s even a radio-dramedy in the works featuring Stephanie Leonidas (the star of Dave McKean‘s films MirrorMask and the upcoming Luna) as the title heroine and swashbuckling adventurer.  Jeremy will be appearing at Comic-Con with Archaia at Booth # 2635 and Stephanie will also be making an appearance at our Comic-Con booth along with some other guest surprises, so keep an eye out, matey!

 

All of these shirts, both in style and sizes, are available in very LIMITED QUANTITIES only at Comic-Con and they will go fast, so you will want to be sure to purchase yours while you can.  Stop by Century Guild at Booth # 2845 and pick up yours!

– Sean

Bridging Past and Present with Jeremy Bastian

Posted in Century Guild Contemporary, Grand Guignol, Jeremy Bastian, Olympian Publishing, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 17 January, 2012 by SeanChase
"The Griffon" Jeremy A. Bastian

“The Griffon” (Ink on paper, 2009) is but one example of Jeremy A. Bastian’s love of the mythical and necessity for detail.

Unless you’re a diehard comic book enthusiast or an avid student of art history, it might at first be difficult to imagine what comics and fine art really have in common.  Comics tend to be denigrated as merely pop culture kitsch or kids’ stuff.  And with all of the superheroes in colorful costumes, the Saturday morning cartoons, and the whole hub of merchandising aimed at children and adolescents, it’s not hard to see why someone might arrive at such a conclusion.  On the other hand, fine art has been elevated to the pinnacle of creative innovation and self-expression for most cultures around the globe.

"The Manticore" Jeremy A. Bastian

Another example of Bastian’s detailed and whimsical take on classic mythical creatures: “The Manticore” (Ink on paper, 2009).

If you ask any true comic book fan if there’s more to the medium in terms of artistic or literary merits, they will promptly and adamantly attempt to persuade you of the cultural and social significance of comics.  Similarly, not all comic fans may have an appreciation or understanding on the finer points of classical art much to the chagrin of art critics.  Yet, there is a strong correlation between the two, though neither group of enthusiasts will necessarily admit to it.  So, how does one bridge antiquity with modernity, the past with the present, and unite two groups of people who may have more in common than either recognize?
The answer is simple:  Jeremy A. Bastian.
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Jeremy Bastian and Cursed Pirate Girl, first book signing ever!

Posted in Century Guild Events, Comic Conventions, Olympian Publishing with tags , , on 27 April, 2009 by Thomas Negovan

After four years of ups, downs, crashing waves and random squalls, Cursed Pirate Girl was grabbed by her little cursed pirate collar by Olympian Publishing and pulled back onto dry land.  Fast forward past a few bowls of warm soup and new clothes, and we are getting ready for the very first Cursed Pirate Girl book signing ever, ever, ever!!!

We printed on all recycled materials, used soy inks, and stamped the title and price onto each individual copy by hand- all around making this a heavy, substantial book that looks like something you would have found on the streets of London two hundred years ago.  The hand stamping process is incredibly time consuming, and it took us days to get even the one hundred advance copies ready in time for the very special event at Challengers Comics!  We also hand-stamped a mark that read, “Cursed Pirate Girl.  First. Signing. Ever.  April 24, 2009 – Challengers Comics, Chicago.  Advance Copy  /100″.  So these 100 are out there in the world, and the rest of the copies should be in bookstores in about two weeks.  I think.  (Hope?)

First thing we had to do was load in the boxes, and Jack showed Jeremy how to stamp… (it’s not as easy as it looks, seriously.)

Jeremy Bastian and Jack Absinthe in the library

Jeremy Bastian and Jack Absinthe in the library

Jeremy stamps his first copy of Cursed Pirate Girl #1

Jeremy stamps his first copy of Cursed Pirate Girl #1

Advance copy of Cursed Pirate Girl #1, numbered edition of 100 for Challengers Comics in Chicago

Advance copy of Cursed Pirate Girl #1, numbered edition of 100 for Challengers Comics in Chicago

We went to eat unreasonably wonderful Palestinian food at Chickpea, then showed up at Challengers at 7:05… Patrick and Dal were all ready and waiting, as you can see in the photos.

The party was PACKED, and ran well past the 9pm predicted ending. There was a tasty limited edition Monkey Fish Ale- complete with Jeremy Bastian labels- and copies of Cursed Pirate Girl #0, which contains a four page Jeremy Bastian Cursed Pirate Girl story plus wonderful interviews with Dave McKean and Gail Potocki (who was also at the signing) about their upcoming Century Guild events.

Thanks to the comic industry people who came out to support Jeremy: Chris Burnham, Jenny Frison, Doug Klauba, Mike Norton, Tim Seeley, John Siuntres, and anyone else I might have missed.

A truly wonderful time was had by all… THANK YOU to Challengers Comics for hosting this spectacular event!!!

For more photos of the evening, click here.

Patrick Brower is a Pirate who is not afraid to wield both cheesy fish and a cell phone if it serves his evil needs.

Patrick Brower is a Pirate who is not afraid to wield both cheesy fish and a cell phone if it serves his evil needs.

Dal is a friendly Pirate, not unlike a Dr. Doolittle.  Except that Dal can only commune with inflatable parrots and comic distributors.

Dal is a friendly Pirate, not unlike a Dr. Doolittle. Except that Dal can only commune with inflatable parrots and comic distributors.

Oh... and BEER.

Oh... and BEER

Custom brewed Monkey Fish Ale, with Jeremy Bastian label!  Limited to 250... most of which were drunk by the end of the signing

Custom brewed Monkey Fish Ale, with Jeremy Bastian label! Limited to 250... most of which were drunk this evening

The rare promotional book Cursed Pirate Girl #0, and advance copies of Cursed Pirate Girl #1

The rare promotional book Cursed Pirate Girl #0 (featuring Jeremy Bastian, Dave McKean, and Gail Potocki), and advance copies of Cursed Pirate Girl #1

Jeremy and Emily unpack for the signing

Jeremy and Emily unpack for the signing

Jeremy "spoke in... class today..."

Jeremy "spoke in... class today..."

The Cursed Pirate Girl fans begin lining up...

The Cursed Pirate Girl fans begin lining up...

Jeremy signs a book for a little Cursed Pirate Girl in training

Jeremy signs a book for a little Cursed Pirate Girl in training

Thomas Negovan hoists a shy fan to show off her Cursed Pirate treasure.

Thomas Negovan hoists a shy fan to show off her Cursed Pirate treasure.

By 7:30, the party begins to warm up!

By 7:30, the party begins to warm up!

Painter Amy Lloyd pores over the impossible detail in Jeremy's original artwork

Painter Amy Lloyd pores over the impossible detail in Jeremy's original artwork

Jeremy Bastian at the signing table

Jeremy Bastian at the signing table

Bob and Chuck show off their Pirate booty

Bob and Chuck show off their Pirate booty

A room full of fans and friends including Phantom cover artist Doug Klauba

A room full of fans and friends including Phantom cover artist Doug Klauba and Sioux Sinner.

A room full of fans and friends including Phantom cover artist Doug Klauba

More fans and friends, including (left to right) artist Jenny Frison, painters Monica Rezman, Gail Potocki, and Amy Lloyd, writer/ artist Tim Seeley, and artist Doug Klauba

At the end of the night, Century Guild founders Stuart Tomc and Thomas Negovan with Jeremy Bastian, Emily Jenkins, and Doug Klauba

At the end of the night, Century Guild founders Stuart Tomc and Thomas Negovan with Jeremy Bastian, Emily Jenkins, and Doug Klauba

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