Jeremy Bastian and Cursed Pirate Girl, first book signing ever!
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.)
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.