Official Press Release
What do you get when you take a kid single-mindedly obsessed with
being a pirate in the modern world, a kid who is convinced that he’s
a bear and a crabby, one-handed garbage man? Only the most motley
crew of crazy land-lubbers who ever sailed the high seas! In Pirate
Club by Derek Hunter, SLG Publishing’s first new ongoing series of
2004, the boys of the Pirate Club loot, pillage and generally cause
mayhem, with their eyes on adventure and nary a moral quandary to
trouble their sea-faring dreams.
Pirate Club comes straight from series creator Hunter’s childhood.
The real-life Pirate Club was a joke that Hunter and his friends
cooked up to keep them entertained over the summer. Years later,
Hunter and his friends, grown up and spending more time in front of
the computer than in the great outdoors, decided to try to recapture
what they had already started thinking of as “the good old days.”
Designing Pirate Club t-shirts soon progressed to designing
characters and developing a story. The resulting comic, Pirate Club,
tells the story of John, a wannabe privateer trapped in circumstances
of a decidedly un-piratey nature; Bearclaw, his first mate, who is
convinced he is a bear; and Phil, a the garbage man who regales them
with tall tales of the sea. When Phil gives the boys his old
sailboat, the Pirate Club is on its way to becoming a full-fledged
scourge of the high seas.
Hunter describes Pirate Club as “everything I ever wanted to have in
a comic series: Kids going on adventures, having them get away with
all the things I never knew you could get away with until I was too
old, fantasy, action, and a little dark humor.”
Hunter sent off a few copies of his self-published Pirate Club comic
to send to comic book creators whose work he admired. Among them was
Dan Vado, president and publisher of SLG. Vado contacted Hunter with
advice on how the comic’s production might be improved, and
eventually offered Hunter a spot on SLG’s roster. “It was a really
weird experience for me,” said Hunter. “I never really thought being
published was a possibility, but I’m glad I sent my stuff out there,
and I am especially glad that Dan took a chance with a country
bumpkin like me.”
Pirate Club is a 24-page black-and-white series scheduled to be
released quarterly starting in February 2004. It will retail for
$2.95 an issue. A preview of the first issue is available at SLG
Publishing’s website, www.slavelabor.com.
Established in 1986, SLG Publishing is a San Jose, CA-based publisher
of comics books and graphic novels. Operating under its imprints
Slave Labor Graphics and Amaze Ink, SLG Publishing has distributed
the work of such notable cartoonists as Jhonen Vasquez, Roman Dirge,
Evan Dorkin and Andi Watson. More information about the company can
be found at its website at www.slavelabor.com.
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