Wilson Kane wins a fortune and his future bride at a game of dice from the former pirate Balthasar. When he decides to go and get the girl, the pirate way, by kidnapping her, not only he finds out that she is more than a pirate could ever want from a wife... but that she has 4 identical sisters as well.
This discovery hits him when his men, who were supposed to help him out, each kidnaps a different girl... and none of them gets the right one! But Wilson Kane wants the girl he had met and no one else! Luckily for him it will be the girl herself to solve his problem and put an end to his dilemma...
a solution that will eventually fling her into a new way of life, aboard the Alidivento, across the Mediterranea sea!
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Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Hello! I have started rendering!
Yes, I am behind and it took me one evening to just do page one... but it's in color!
And probably there will be more color, here and there, in this chapter! I have at least a couple of "romantic occasions".
In the meantime... since I had to work with the animation menu for a job.... I've made a banner and avatar - I was just playing around but I find them cute >///<
so you can spam me around LOL... or just keep them and stare at them... like I do... and go: ooooooh... uuuuh...
like I do! (then, again, maybe not!)
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I finished the clean up and will start rendering today - after work.
- please keep in mind that I am not saying this as a fellow artist but as a Universtiy Instructor and that I always recommend my students to be their own voices instead of somebody's echo -
I'll show you the voices who created this echo!
Marooned. Why is the rhum gone? My thought exactly. Look at the composition, how the guy sit alone, on a flat horizon, small against an empty sky... a spot on the sand. Look at his gesture and how desperate he is... left there... with a bullet in his pistol and nothing left to do but die, one way or another...
The Fate of a Treasure Town - An attack on a Galleon.
Are you seeing Master and Commander here? Yes, that's because Master and Commander took inspiration from Pyle's illustration!
The Ruby of Kisshmoor - Captain Keitt.
The Flying Dutchman. The real deal! Fokke or Van der Decken... who knows? Absolutely not Davy Jones... anyways. We do know, now, that the Flying Dutchman is not a cursed ship but a mirage, like a Fata Morgana, appearing at the horizon due to the refraction of the light in the heat - like a superior image, the ones we see in summer. Back in the days a superior image must have been a superior way of getting scared LOL.
This store sells prints and reproductions of his famous illustrations.
Can't you see how some of them have literally been pillaged by the movies?
Now I am going to show you my very favorite!
Look at the composition, this wonderful up-shot and the details! (No sharks in sight, though LOL).
I love this man!
Next time I'll show you NC Wyeth!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Anyways, as I was saying this morning: today was a national holiday in Italy - other than being sunday - but I did work and found the time to make some more clean up and other things (amongst which a bunch of zucchiniballs - like meatballs but with zucchini XD - for lunch).
I wanted to thank you all for voting on the polls!
I am surprised to see Callista and Cassandra lead the poll for the girls (well, maybe not, the other girls did not shine much so far and Castalia... she will be getting cooler soon).
I am not surprised to see Wilson Kane lead for the boys - because he is a funny guy ... but I honestly thought the Prince-like charm of the doctor would win over Cat's (but Cat is sweet isn't he? So this is totally making my point: men are wrong when they say that girls don't like sweet guys and prefer jerks! XDD).
All this blabber is also to propose one more game.
Have you ever associated the characters to a song?
I was listening to some Cole Porter today and suddenly I thought: oh this is absolutely what Westley would sing if this was a musical. Actually I think a lot of Cole Porter songs would be perfect for my kids XDD but that might be because I listen to Cole Porter a lot - even though Castalia has George Gershwin song cut for her!
In a while, when the story will be up and running properly, with all the pairings set... I might ask you to suggest a love song for the couples. Would you like to do that?
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I know I know what you're saying: What? Deda, what are you doing? You're showing pictures of the rough only now?!? There's only 5 days left to upload!
Still this is as far as I could go this week and I still have a pile of homework to check out. Sigh.
Anyway let me blabber for a few minutes.
First of all I'd like to say the yesterday's Fan Art was a great success!
The blog was super visited - even more than on release dates hahahahaha!
Way to go Supervillain!
I take advantage of this to encourage you all to do more and participate to the fun *_* I already prepared folders for all the characters and I expect to fill them with beautiful drawings, fan fictions, anything to your liking!
Go for it guys!
Also I introduce you: the polls!!! Yeah yeah! Neat toys, aren't they? I love polls. I was thinking it would be fun to see what you think about the characters right now and if the results will change with time! (for instance I put Josh in the list but we haven't seen much of him, yet).
In the future we'll have: my favorite pairing is...
Now a message to the visitors of this blog!
You might be curious to know numbers and statistics, soooo... our top ten visitors are:
2. United States
10. United Kingdom
You are fantastic, I love you!
To my Italian friends: grazie per tutto il sostegno! Siete grandi!
To my American friends: you almost beat up the Italian visitors! Wohoooo! Go for it!
To my friend from the Netherlands: you know, if I manage to get this thing going the way I want to you'll see the son of the Second Pirate Balthasar (Wilson Kane is the 5th)... who was Dutch! Of course I was inspired by the most famous Ducth Pirate to ever sail on the Barbary Coast: Simon The Dancer/ Simon Rei's!
Anyway, I don't want to be partial so: I thank you all very much for following my blabbers all the time.
Stick around I'll post Cat's paper doll in the afternoon! ;)
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Now, if it were for me I would totally skip the 90's... particularly Cutthroat Island and Hook... if it weren't for the fact that I MUST absolutely mention the Muppet movie.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I am currently in Rome... visiting monuments and this is my automated away message, LOl!
I did secretly uploaded a drawing before I left so that I could post something over the week-end, while I was away having fun. Am I nice or what?
Here's the second twin for our paper doll project. I am planning something really really cute, for when this paper doll thingy is over... it's about famous fairy tales/books and famous illustrators XD
Am I ambitious? I am... and hopefully my arm will be back to normal soon, so I can draw again!
Of course this is done on the spare time of the spare time - after I work on the comic - but I still hope freebies are appreciated and that you consider them fun! I think it's important to be able to interact with everything concerning a story and have fun outside the comic itself ^_^ (<--- big fan of gadgets and merchandising LOL)
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Come termina questa lunga Prima Notte a bordo della Alidivento? E' quello che scoprirete leggendo questo capitolo... ancora un capitolo in tempo reale e poi si parte con lo slice of life!
Come sempre vi costringo a rileggerlo dall'inizio, oppure cliccate sul titolo del posto precedente per andare su SmackJeeves.
With this the First Night on the ship is finally over. One more chapter in real time and then we start with our slice of life!
The Italian version is coming up next!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The problem is... my brush isn't working properly so the first two pages might look slightly different even though I tried to match the previous style. I wonder if it shows to much!
And sorry about yesterday, I am trying to see how I manage with ads on my blog but I didn't set the "family friendly" content and when I got back home they had activated a Viagra Banner???? O_O What the heck? (I have nothing against Viagra except they pester me in my in-box with spams even though I am a girl!!! è_é and should not be my problem getting some!).
I am just trying to find alternative solutions to adsense - they are so snob against Italians! - and I just want to see if the blog can earn enough money to pay for a full domain and server, it would be neat!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Wikipedia lists these - but for some reason it lists The Count of Montecristo as a pirate book (which is not, although it is one of the coolest adventures ever written, my co-author, Giorgia, agrees with me that Edmond Dantes... is absolutely to be jumped on)!
Well, it might surprise you that I don't have that many novels about pirates in my bookshelf on anobii, that is because I borrowed most part of the things I've read when I lived in San Francisco from the very wonderful San Francisco Public Library (included the now difficult to find "Piracy was business"). Plus I read mostly history books.
<--- Long John Silver, by N.C. Wyeth (this is exactly how I've always imagined this fella).
Let's start with a classic:
Treasure Island (L'isola del Tesoro) by R. L. Stevenson
If I could recommend a version it would be the one illustrated by the amazing N.C. Wyeth.
We all know the story about a boy hunting for a treasure and being tricked by the evil Long John Silver...
Oooh, come on, who doesn't love Long John Silver!
I do, I do, hurray for Barbecue!
Enough with the silly stuff. Treasure Island is a great classic, never gets old and is pretty adventurous, plus the relationship amongst characters is amazing!
Captain Blood by Raphael Sabatini
It says here the book is no longer under copyright... that means that you can be a total pirate about it and read it for free here. (God, do I love the project Gutenberg's website it lists something like 3211 pages of books on pirates).
Now, you may know that Peter Blood is like my favorite pirate, lol. I think I mentioned this before.
This is a story of a poor British doctor who's unjustly accused of being a traitor and sent to work as a slave in the colonies' plantations. Once there, Peter is recognized as a talented doctor and is left free to roam around the city of Puerto Royal, for a series of fortunate events (I don't want to spoil this to you) he manages to escape and become a pirate, not without leaving a little bit of his heart behind - for he manages to fall in love with Arabella in the meantime, great gal by the way! - but never leaving behind his sense of justice. A must.
Raphael Sabatini also wrote plenty of other books about pirates. He is a cool author with very compelling stories and characters you can sympathize with. Of course he is very traditional and some things might feel old/odd as the sense of justice was - a few years ago - pretty much different from what we have today.
- Captain Blood (1922) (also known as Captain Blood His Odyssey)
- Captain Blood Returns (also known as The Chronicles of Captain Blood ,1931)
- The Fortunes of Captain Blood (1936)
A General History of the Pyrates (Vite di Pirati) by Daniel Defoe
Yes, it's an essay but a very loose one. How do I say this: this man also wrote The King of Pirates and other stories about piracy and he was very fond of Captain Avery, you might want to check his books out to figure out what I keep saying: the pirates of the Caribbean was a short, yet noisy, phase of piracy made famous by Disney and others... most of THE COOL STUFF happened before or after that. I go on and suggest everything by the author here because this man wrote a lot and there are controversies about the fact he did indeed write this or that. Plus, and language is always a plus, his writing is absolutely stunning.
For the same reason it is fun to read The Pirate book by Howard Pyle (the author of the illustrations on the top left cover - I think he is the inventor of Hook's look as Disney was mostly inspired by his red pirates). You need information to understand a phenomenon like piracy and be able to put in a context the novels you read.
The Princess Bride (La Storia Fantastica) by William Goldman
This is not set on the sea and they made a movie out of it - the movie is partially better for it skip some of the useless part and had better ellipses in the story, still Fezzik's story is better in the book.
This is a story of True Love between Westley and Buttercup and how he gets killed by pirates and she ends up engaged to an ugly Prince... until she is kidnapped by Vizzini and his men and rescued by the Dread Pirate Roberts, a masked pirate wearing black, very cultured and very good at sword-fighting. Yup, Westley is Deda's n.2 in her beloved pirate list!
I always recommend this for the sheer brilliancy of the author's sense of humor!
The Black Corsair Saga - La saga de "I pirati delle Antille"
The Black Corsair (Il Corsaro Nero) by the wonderful EMILIO SALGARI (who wrote like a gazillion of stories without ever leaving home and made them feel so real!)
Ah-ha... you thought I was not going to mention my beloved Black Corsair? Hell, no.
You are lucky pirates only show up here and there in Verne's books The Mysterious Island especially - they do show up in Tom Sawyer as well, did you know? (only Wodehouse, I think, left me pirateless).
Well, you better imagine Emilio with Kabir Bedi's face too, while you read this! LOL
This is a story of revenge and passion that meet, in the end, tearing our protagonist's heart into pieces and forcing him to choose one over the other. How romantic!
Halfway to the book Salgari writes his take on piracy, which is really really cute, plus... you gotta love this guy for naming the cool protagonists after himself all the time. Emilio di Ventimiglia is the Black Corsair (if you were to read the Italian Robinsons the cool guy is named Emilio too! XD)
This book has 2 sequels: The Queen of the Caribbean, Yolanda, Daughter of The Black Corsair. Revenge takes very long. There is also The Son of the Red Corsair - now this one meets Pirates of the Caribbean and is a separate story from the previous ones.
Emilio Salgari also wrote other saga about pirates:
Tigers of Malaysia seriesSandokaaaan!!!! Yes!
- The Mystery of the Black Jungle (I Misteri della Jungla Nera, 1895)
- The Tigers of Mompracem (Le tigri di Mompracem, 1900)
- The Pirates of Malaysia (I pirati della Malesia, 1896)
- The Two Tigers (Le due Tigri, 1904)
- The King of the Sea (Il re del mare, 1906)
- Quest for a Throne (Alla conquista di un impero, 1907)
- Sandokan Fights Back (Sandokan alla riscossa, 1907)
- Return to Mompracem (La riconquista di Mompracem, 1908)
- The False Brahman (Il Bramino dell’Assam, 1911)
- An Empire Crumbles (La caduta di un impero, 1911)
- Yanez’ Revenge (La rivincita di Yanez, 1913)
The last two titles were published posthumously.
The Pirates of Bermuda Series
- I corsari delle Bermude (1909)
- La crociera della Tuonante (1910)
- Straordinarie avventure di Testa di Pietra (1915)
- Capitan Tempesta (1905)
- Il Leone di Damasco (1910)
This is if you want to read all of Salgari's book. I find him very entertaining, easy to understand and absolutely love him for his naivete. I am getting all of his books.
Long John Silver: the True and Eventful History of My Life of Liberty and Adventure As a Gentleman of Fortune and Enemy to Mankind by Bjorn Larson
This one was an interesting read. I am not too fond of fan-fictions especially when they turn the characters around to satisfy their fancies or help the plot. I have to confess that Larson did a nice job keeping Silver the way it was, just as Stevenson had imagined him. The first part of the book is very nice and interesting... I have to confess that the second part reminded me a lot of Captain's Blood slavery episode and the meeting with Defoe doesn't help speeding up the process of reading because he repeats what you have read in the Defoe's books with his own words. In the end the story is told in first person, it's a memoir, and Silver keeps on addressing different people in his storytelling, ending up writing directly to Jim. That might stress the reader a bit but you have to understand he is an old man and he is trying to put down on papers his memories. The ending is just glorious.
Except for the Defoe part, it's a very fast read and it's not too descriptive nor annoying about silly details.
Of course we have pirates in Peter Pan but I would not consider that a pirate book especially since the Pan is a pirate killer! (è_é)--> shame on you, Pan!
The Gold Bug by Edgar Alla Poe
is a short novel which I think inspired the Goonies.
It's the story of a treasure hunt and cryptograms. Pretty cool too as insanity of the protagonist is implied all the time.
The Corsair by Lord Byron
Yup, the Corsair himself wrote a poem about a man fighting against society's standards.
I don't know if you are into poems but Conrad is a true romantic hero. Many musicians were inspired by this poem included Verdi and Berlioz.
I am currently looking for The Pirate by Walter Scott. If I managed to read it and find it I'll let you know what I think about it.
Last but not least I think I ought to honor the very queen of Romance Novel: Georgette Heyer.
Beauvallet by Georgette Heyer
Oooh, we are talking Elizabethian pirates here! The ones who invented stuff and made ship-building advance and turned heavy and ugly ship into oceanic vessels.
Now, this is considered an Historical novel, rather than a romance novel, I have to say that Georgette Heyer's writing is a bit bulky for my taste - and I wonder if she was paid by words, still Dumas was paid by words and never used useless ones - so I haven't quite digested the book but its setting is very very interesting. Plus Nicholas does something very similar to Peter Blood: he is very chivalrous - to death - and would risk his life for the girl he loves.
So why do I suggest it? Because maybe you don't mind bulky writing - used to Harry Potter and Twilight (I consider those bulky too) - maybe you find her writing easier to digest, more than I do. And the book is pretty nice, not to mention that she does write nice comedy when she wants to (Devil's cub was really funny and it's about a kidnapping gone wrong).
I'll probably write about movies next, if you are interested.