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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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
This year to celebrate such a momentous anniversary we do open category contest:
Deadline for submission is February 14th - Valentine Day - .
The winner will get a color drawing by yours truly, sent via snail mail.
You can submit and/or link your contest entries here in the group, or on the TPB blog, or by linking/commenting to your submission under the webcomic pages. Whatever works best for you. If you're having troubles submitting drop us a line with your submission link .
Monday, January 28, 2013
This is a list of requests and things to do that I must write down before I forget, if anybody wants to help feel free to join in for the fun:
1) Pirate wife's illustrations
2) The Flower and the Nose Illustrations
3) Buttons to put on blog and site and link directly to specials (I am being helped with this one already)
4) Fix the problems with Scribd so that I can post the comic there (fixed)
5) Calendar illustrations (for this one it's too late T_T, january is gone already sigh).
6) Draw requested illustrations: steampunk, character as disney characters, characters as animals, gender bender - suggestion would be appreciated - character as badass pirates, Lio and Foxy on the crow's nest, space pirates.
7) Create the polls for the Castalia in weird style special.
Did I forget any of your requests?
Sunday, January 27, 2013
A little something for today. I hope you won't take this as a political statement of any sort... it's my way of remembering my grandpa who was prisoner in Dachau.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
When Cat first mentioned it to the girls and they well, thought it was gay.
In a way there are people who think that this ritual was sort of a marriage between men (and who knows it might have been!).
Anyways I bet jokes were circulating even back then... or maybe not because love between men, whether implied physicality or not, was seen as a natural thing.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
My dad and his best friend are the cutest thing ever, they always go places together, plan the craziest adventure together... the fun part is that my dad is 75, his best friend is younger but he is blind, so they really do get into crazy adventures.
They call each other once a day, minimum, and whenever my dad's friend calls I always tease them: dad, it's your girlfriend!
They giggle a bit and they start plotting.
I've always though that a best friend is a kind of person that would call her husband/or his wife withs his/her friend's name. It happens to my two friends to call their hubbies Deda.
Of course it also happens that I get called with the hubbies names.
In a way when you have a best friend and you are married it's like you have both a husband and a wife hahahaha.
So for Kane and Wes I wanted to create this kind of relationship: they may be married and with kids and dig girls and stuff... but they also have each other hahaha.
It's a different kind of love story :D
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Friday, January 18, 2013
Of course we all know he survives... but if our young doctor never falters where does the tension go and most of all, how is someone so young not be suddently scared of making mistakes?
I got the idea from the fact that sometimes my students want to get their assignment right... right away. While I think it's easier to learn if you make mistakes here and there - as we tend not to repeat them.
People is sometimes settling and not exploring. Fear of failure, though, impairs progress.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
So apparently Ruthie, Wes' sister, had already noticed something similar to blood type.
It is probably one of the reasons she had gone through transfusion many times before it had gone completely wrong.
Her theory about blood similarities is not completely right and not completely wrong, that is... people with similar blood types do share similarities in the taste for food (recent theories states) but how true this is who knows.
The Japanese use blood types to even determine people personality, they kinda use it as we use the horoscope... oh you are type A? Stubborn person, huh?
They also say blood type A, for example, are most likely not to prefer meat and might turn vegetarian eventually.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
So here you see young Wes cite the name of the famous doctor who did discover that blood is vehicular and wrote the first about the circulatory system ever.
Before that there were strange belives about the body be filled with different humors and blood letting was believed to be the best way to lower the fever and cure many many illnesses.
But after the pubblication of the essay by Harvey many other doctor/researcher/scientist started experimenting with the circulation of blood. For example they started realizing that certain substances have immediate effect on the body if injected intravenously.
The first attempt to blood transfusion took place around these years too but it would take 200 years before blood transfusion would become successful.
Lacking the knowledge of blood types most experiments failed resulting in the death of the patient.
this special is about to end so, before it ends (because I need time to prepare for the next story) let's bring up the polls again.
The last time 182 of you voted and proposed new ideas.
I thank you all.
so this time around there's a new entry
The first story in the poll belongs to the Next Generation (like Daddy Home for Christmas) but also to the Project Balthasar because it was requested so you'd get to see the kids again, this time around Andromeda would also be around, and Martin and Pea.
The second story belongs to Before the Pirate Balthasar, we saw how Kane met all the boys except Martin, so this is the story of how Kane and Wes befriended Martin.
The Librarian is part of Project Balthasar, it takes place right before Castalia comes back to Kane (and we do see her come back with a little surprise)... right after How to Steal a Ship that actually happens while Castalia is away.
Circes also takes place while Castalia is away and marks the entry (or the return) of our super villain Circes the mahara (the evil witch).
Badia is sort of a break for kane and castalia, as they visit Sicily.
While the durian story takes place on this side of the world - the one I live in - so it will have a lot of mysterious South East asians fighters, ghosts, forbidden fruits and cultural barriers.
You get to see Callista as a pirate in Circes, Badia and The Librarian.
As for genre most of these are comedies, romantic comedies, there's a murder mystery/comedy and adventure/romance.
Nothing too serious like All I have.
Don't forget that you can always request.
Or referring to the post "Recap of the recap" express your preference on the story you would like to read next.
A democratic crew decides together the destiny of their ship!
Thank you :D
Monday, January 14, 2013
Bleeding was part of the official medicine back then, it was believed that bleeding someone might cure lots of stuff and relieve fever.
They didn't know much about blood circulation (nor did they expect that blood would circulate around the body and transport... stuff!!!).
So the first writings about the circulatury system came out only a few years before this story takes place and transfusion is something very experimental and up until that moment... unsuccessful - basically the patient always died.
That's because they had no idea that blood types existed either.
Also... they used animals as donors.
It was a mess!
Kane writes and draws in his journal - and Castalia loves to read it.
And Westley purposely left his journal around for Kes to read about his past.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
I've noticed that these notes have started circulating over the internet (the images too although they are not that great hahaha).
Today I've decided to talk about one of the most solid structure you can apply to your story.
It does not matter whether it's long or short, epic or comical, it always works somehow.
This theory, to be applied in scriptwriting, was developed by Christopher Vogler who analyzed a book by anthropologist Joseph Campbell called "The Hero with a thousand faces".
You'll find plenty of Vogler's graphs online but for my students and for myself I came up with a short silly comic of sorts. (Again the drawings are not that great).
So here's the Hero's Journey in 12 steps.
1) The Ordinary World
Meet our hero, Pretty Boy, surrounded by his everyday life... in his natural environment.
Pretty boy likes mountains, read books about them, loves his goldfish Goldie, and hates dogs.
(star wars: Luke goes about his life with uncle and auntie)
2) Call to Adventure
(star wars: Luke finds Leia's message while cleaning the droids).
3) Refusal of the call
(star wars: obi wan asks Luke to go with him and the boy initially refuses).
4) The Mentor
(star wars: Obi Wan says he will teach Luke the way of the force Luke still says no).
What needs to happen now is an insighting accident this is also considered to be our first plot point or Plot Point 1 (we have two p.p. in a story, so as I remind my students "in a story we pee pee twice, huh").
This accidents flips the ordinary world upside down somehow or makes the hero feel that things could never go back to normal now that this thing has happened.
(star wars: uncle and auntie are killed by the stormtroopers).
5) Crossing the Threshold
So the hero goes... with one extra motivation - the accident.
This represents the end of Act I of our story.
What follows is a huuuuge development, a series of "and then" (and then this happens, and then that happened, and then he went in, and then he fought, and then he met this guy)... and things gets progressively worse and worse and more complicated.
So what does Act II mainly contain?
Well first of all this:
6) Test - Enemies - Allies
(star wars: Luke and Obi vs. the empire - the plan is to destroy the Death Star).
(star wars: Han Solo and Chewbacca)
(star wars: Han Solo and Chewbacca)
Then come the tests and they get harder and harder as we go along.
Climbing is piece of cake for our Pretty Boy!
(star wars: Luke's knowledge about mechanical stuff comes in handy at times, eh?).
(star wars: Leia is rescued)
7) Approaching the Inmost cave
There's usually a moment of quiet before the storm hits. This is the moment where the hero prepares himself because what he is about to confront could see him triumphant or leave him for dead.
He is about to confront his greatest fears too and his biggest enemy.
(star wars: the rebels prepare to attack).
Climax of our story which is also known to be the Hero's...
8) Supreme Ordeal
During the Climax the hero will be left for dead a couple of times, the audience will believe he's dead and I don't mean only physically I mean psychologically too.
Now star wars does not help us much in this case so I'll skip to the greatest Supreme Ordeal Luke has ever lived througout the trilogy: meeting Dart Vader in Empire Strikes back.
"Oh, my God, I am so weak, I am such a coward, I cannot do this!" and then stand up and fight, for example.
Luke's reaction was "that's not true, that's impossible!" - he failed his supreme ordeal and had to come back in a third movie as a Jedi - well he wasn't ready anyway, Yoda had said. - but he had taken a strong hold on which side of the force he would chose so he did win his own integrity.
But if the hero resists and even as he is left for dead find in himself a little bit of strenght to stand up and fight back...
...reaches the moment called:
By the way our act II transition into act III across this moment as the climax reaches its end.
9) Seizing the sword
In Tim Burton's Alice in whateverland movie... Alice actually holds a sword and fights a dragon.
I prefer to work this way because seizing the sword still does not mean the hero will survive and I still think the hero has to be left for dead at some point.
But it's true that these particular elements could be put in any order as the end result would not change much.
In some cases Death and Rebirth happens now (I think that's too linear and is also too literal, in some stories the Hero actually dies and is resurrected by the end of the story and then fights back - at times it feels as if the whole thing was penned down by writing shortcut sentences next to the structure and then the whole thing got developed into paragraphs and dialogues).
10) The Road Back
So Pretty Boy has won for Goldie and now can go back home.
In a way the:
11) Death and Rebirth
We welcome the new Pretty Boy.
(star wars: this is were Luke is celebrated as a hero)
At times the Return with elixir happens before but there are stories where... the moral of the story comes last.
12) Return with the Elixir
He is now a brave hero who has understood his own nature, has reached his goal, conquered his dream, confronted and overtook the nature of the conflict and overcome his fears.
All the character in The Pirate Balthasar go through a personal hero's journey. Can you recognize the different stages?
Writing tips index.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
Sunday, January 06, 2013
And one may say last but not least... or something.
Are you familiar with the work of Lorenzo Lotto?
Then you might recognize the Diagonal cat in the picture. XD
This is one of my favorite paintings, the person who draw this fanart knows I have a strong love for the Diagonal cat in that painting.
I always liked this because even though is dramatic and beautifully done, it got some sense of humor. God always looks like he wants to give the Virgin Mary a karate chop, the Angel dances a tarantella and the Virgin Mary is raising her hands in a typical Italian fashion with a facial expression that goes : "Holy Mary mother of God!" to which the angle replies: "that you are!"
Now the cat in the painting acutally represent the devil, as I explained some times ago to explain why Wes is a dog person and not a cat person.
So the Devil runs away in front of Mary and the Angel.
but how the Diagonal Cat came to be?
I was once to explain my friends that my neighbors cat is kinda crocked.
I talk to my neighbor and she runs in the background all crocked, she sleeps crocked and sit leaning like the tower of Pisa.
So I couldn't find words enough to express this thing and I said: she's a diagonal cat. they still couldn't understand how and that's when I said: I know, it's like the Lorenzo Lotto cat. And now Lorenzo Lotto's cat has become diagonal too.
But you know I seriously want to have the Diagonal cat run for election one year and I started making false slogans for her election because quite frankly if I have to be governed by something crocked, at least I can see how crocked they are when the run.
Now I don't aspire to become like him but at least I can draw ispiration, particularly from his colors.
I grew up reading stories with peopel with purple skin and orange hari (they were indios sometimes but he just didn't want to use traditional colors)
That's why when it came to Circes his illustrations came to mind and since he left this world last year - and a sad sad day it was for me - I'v decided to pay homage to him in my own way.