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About the Author

Jeremy Bastian has been called by many a “crazy” person. His dedication for filling a page from gutter to gutter with delicate detail, whimsical characters, and strange creatures might not seem too far out of the norm. However, Jeremy draws his pages at the size they are printed and does it all with a very small brush. If anything, one might have to blow up the images that pour from his mind, just to be able to see them. His book Cursed Pirate Girl beckons to the 19th century in subject and style.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment; First Edition edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393602
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story is a lot of fun and the art is incredible.
Jeffrey A. Dickinson
Printed on ruffled edged uncoated paper, embossed cover and fold out poster this is definitely the best way to enjoy this surreal high seas adventure.
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Highly recommended to fans of fantasy/adventure graphic novels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fredtownward VINE VOICE on December 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If Alice in Wonderland had fallen into a pirate infested sea instead of Wonderland, this is how it might have turned out. Author/Illustrator Jeremy A. Bastian has created a marvelous universe to set his protagonists at play in: the mysterious, almost impossible to reach Omerta Seas, and such protagonists: the Cursed Pirate Girl herself, Pepper Dice the sentient parrot sent to fetch her, Apollonia the governor's daughter and catalyst to the plot, Appollonia's evil and twisted father, Mr. Six the governor's brutish enforcer, a couple of gallant but dimwitted swordfish knights, and 4 (maybe 5) of the most vicious pirates that ever lived or died and didn't let that stop them.

The nits I have to pick are rather small.

First, Though it collects Cursed Pirate Girl #1, Cursed Pirate Girl #2, and Cursed Pirate Girl #3, (It's unclear if it also contains the 4 page story from Cursed Pirate Girl #0, but it reportedly does NOT contain the no longer canonical first published CPG story from Ye Old Lore Of Yore Volume 1.), and adds an Epilogue, an Alternate Cover Gallery, and a short frame story "The Royal Portraiturist" that basically justifies a dozen CPG portraits by other artists, it is missing anything that can truly be called an ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's great to find a young girl as the swashbuckling heroine of a fine graphic novel, so that's a great place to start from right there.

Added to that is the fact that the story really does have a great deal of swash and buckle. The Cursed Pirate Girl starts out as a sort whimsical and deluded character, but then takes charge of her own adventure as she sets out on the Omerta Seas to find her lost father. With good companions and worthy foes she thinks and fights her way through a number of well-thought out adventures.

I think the real question is where you come out on the artwork. The illustrations are exaggerated and fantastical, with outrageous amounts of detail and incidental matter. Think of political cartoons from the late 1800's or the kinds of illustrations you see in old copies of "Punch" and the like. Caricature, lots of bits of dialogue slipped in around the edges, lots of detail and business. If you like that, you'll love this. If you find that style too busy or unattractive, then this book will be heavy going. I fall somewhere in the middle and appreciate what the artist was doing, and so that and the engaging story were enough for me.

For what it's worth, the description above on this Amazon page mentions a new epilogue created just for this collection. That's fine, but the neatest thing is that at the end of the book there are way more than a dozen versions of pirate girl drawn in almost every style imaginable. For me that was worth the cost of the book because each drawing was a fascinating expression of just how differently many distinct artists can represent a single character. Totally cool.

Please note that I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a frank review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. on January 27, 2013
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Previous reviews of Cursed Pirate Girl have adequately described the content of this work: The story and dialogue, the characters, and the world of CPG are completely crazy and the artwork is fantastic, so detailed that, although my reading vision is fine, I keep a magnifying glass handy to appreciate the nearly microscopic details that were probably drawn at twice this size. I had seen all this in the original comic books (which I sold for a huge profit). What're new here are the production values of the book itself, which is made to resemble a children's book from Dad's or Granddad's childhood.

Even before selling the comic books, I knew I wanted to own a copy of the whole thing for re-reading and re-enjoying. Late last year I saw that this new compilation was coming out in January and decided to go for it. There is at least one other reprint available but at more than twice the price of this one. When this book arrived I was astounded and delighted. Maybe it isn't for everyone - like the tale itself. But this book is designed and produced to seem old-fashioned, like turn-of-the twentieth-century or earlier: The cover illustrations and the title are deeply stamped in; the edges of the cover are meant to look a little grimy; and the interior pages of soft, cheap paper are rough along the edges, as if they've been trimmed by tearing with an old ruler. There is a two-page map of "the Omerta Seas and the lands they possess" inside the front cover (get out your magnifying glass). And the extra material at the end, including a fold-out wanted poster of CPG and tribute illustrations by well-known artists, is a lot of fun.
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