SLG Publishing's "Pirate Club" Sets Sail in February!

Wed, December 10th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

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,

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

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