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.)

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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