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.