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Cursed Pirate Girl

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  457 ratings  ·  116 reviews
The Cursed Pirate Girl is on a quest in search of her father.

A journey filled with adventure above and below the mythical waters of the Omerta Seas. A nautical fairytale of strange creatures, whimsical characters, swashbuckling danger and the most bizarre pirates you could hope for, Cursed Pirate Girl is certain to amaze and captivate adults and children alike!
Hardcover, 148 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Archaia (first published 2008)
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David Katzman
Aug 26, 2013 David Katzman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Alice in Wonderland, graphic novels, adventures or strangeness
Cursed Pirate Girl is stunning. There is no artist today in comic books who can draw like Jeremy Bastian. When the first issue of this collection came out years ago, it immediately caught my eye. The detailed black & white line drawings are irresistible. The main character and the story line are at once unique and familiar. Cursed Pirate Girl has an aura about it, that of always having been trapped inside our heads, and Bastian has managed to conjure it like Michelangelo freed his sculptures ...more
The Cursed Pirate Girl is a mind-twisting trip through the adventures of a young girl looking for her pirate father on the Omertà Seas. It has been compared to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which I can see, but I enjoyed this WAY more.

Starting out, you meet Apollonia, the Govenor's daughter, who witnesses a fight between three rough looking boys and young girl. After the boys get thrashed, the young girls tells Apollonia to meet her the next day & she would tell the tale of the Cursed Pi
The first thing that hit me about Cursed Pirate Girl was the art. I'm no artist, nor am I familiar with artist styles but this just hit me as old-fashioned and beautiful. At first glance I thought it was a little messy/crowded but as I took a closer look the detail and artistry was just really amazing. The story is also completely engrossing.

We follow the Cursed Pirate Girl, stranded on an island having no memory of her father except that he visits her in her dreams. She makes friends and ene
Tony DiTerlizzi
Jeremy Bastian may not be a name you are familiar with in terms of comic lore, but mark my words: he soon will be. The Hieronymous Bosch-like ink-work alone in this sequential masterpiece makes this artist green with envy, nevermind the Alice-in-Wonderland-meets-Treasure-Island story. Curse you, Jeremy Bastian!
So much fun and the art is an explosion of details on the pages. You could pour over the illustrations for an afternoon. Read it with my 9 yr old daughter. Great fun. Did I say it was fun? It is.
Girl Oddity
The art is THE most beautiful art I have ever seen in a graphic novel. The pen and ink drawings are stunning as is but oh god to imagine these in color- it would be a feast for the eyes! (Though they already are.)

Bastian's art work is so incredibly detailed. It was such a treat to find all the tiny beautiful intricacies in each page. He is very imaginative in his art work as well. I absolutely loved all of the beautiful creatures he created in the fierce waters that The Cursed Pirate Girl travel
Actual rating, 4.5 stars.

Sometimes, I'm just in the mood for a fairytale. The sort of story where the adventures happen because that's what the world offers if you go out your front door. The world where the fantastic is commonplace and unremarkable, where the unusual is everyday and where the greatest peril is escapable if you keep your wits about you and learn when to help and when to rebel.

Cursed Pirate Girl is a fairytale in this vein, and beautifully so. It's Alice In Wonderland by way of
Steph Myers
I walked past this several times at work and then saw the author at Denver Comic Con. He was sitting in his booth "doodling" and I was totally mesmerized by what he was drawing. When I got back to work, it was the first thing I pulled off the shelf. I really like it, because it is so different from anything else I've read in awhile. Bastian's illustrations remind me of some of the earliest political cartoons (which is appropriate the time is 1728) mixed with a fair amount of Hieronymous Bosch. T ...more
There are lots of graphic novels, comics, etc. out there that have common themes, illustrations styles or stories and hey, I'm not against that! I prefer to take the optimistic view that inspiration is a good thing (when not flat out ripped off).

This is not one of those books.

The CPG world is rich and seemingly tells you upon entrance that you will definitely be back again. You could not possible absorb every detail in one read! I loved this strange and lovely tail packed to the gills with fine
The sheer detail on every single page of this book is stunning. I found myself holding the book weirdly close to my face just to see all the hidden elements which are just so elaborate and amazing. Plus the story is kick-ass and features two little girls.
Ann Cox
The Cursed Pirate Girl is on a mission to find the pirate father she has never met. On this mission through the roughest pirate seas, the Omerta Seas, Cursed Pirate Girl encounters two of the five pirate ships that may or may not have her father as a captain. I thought the illustrations in this graphic novel were amazing. They were very reminiscent of the illustrations from the original Alice In Wonderland. The story of The Cursed Pirate Girl was also very engaging and funny. I think young adult ...more
Absolutely amazing artwork, great story. Can't wait for volume 2. One of the most beautiful graphic novels I've ever owned, hands down. It tells of the adventures of one really tough orphaned girl as she attempts to find her missing father, a pirate Captain. It is just stunning visually, with great tall-tale pirate adventure. I'd go on and on more, but most reviewers have already said what I would say--it's bizarre, heroic, funny, and once again--absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Read it, or if you are luck ...more
Rose Behar
Stunning visual detail mixed with an enthralling and completely unique tale.
This story is about a Pippi Longstockings-type hero girl who is on a quest to find her pirate captain father. To do so she must delve in to a fantastical underwater world, fight pirates (who she always defeats with ease) and travel with hilarious companions- a parrot inside a dead fish and two stately swordfish in armour.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. It was a masterpiece. I can't wait to read the next instalmen
Maria Kramer
This book left me torn. On one hand, the art is top-notch, face-meltingly amazing and deserves five stars. The story is what took this down to three stars. It felt like Alice in Wonderland, but without the whimsy or charm. The titular Cursed Pirate Girl is hard to get attached to -- she's not very human, she doesn't have much of an emotional range, and she's too good at everything. But the art is good enough that you should read it anyway -- It's surreal, Heironomous-Bosch-like in its hallucinat ...more
Fiction State Of Mind
My first graphic novel of 2015 and it is a stellar one. Bastian has created a truly unique story with an utterly absorbing visual element. This hard bound volume collects all of the stories from the first three issues of the series along with some wonderful pin ups and a magnificent fold out poster.
Our story opens in Port Elizabeth in Jamaica, 1728 . The first characters we meet in this crowded port town are Governor Maygun and his young daughter Apollonia. While waiting for her father little Ap
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: I enjoy shipping/sailing and pirate stories. So this seemed right up my alley.

My first impression of this book was how gorgeous the illustrations were. Exquisitely rendered in the tiniest detail, each frame is jam-packed full of the tiniest elements. Graphically speaking I found there were too many huge speech balloons to match this type of art, as it was covered a large portion of the time with the bubbles. The placement of speech bubbles is important in relationship to the
I think I expected this to be similar to Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy in that there's a feisty pirate girl as the main character. I was drawn to the book not only because it's about a pirate girl but also because the book, itself, looks and feels awesome, old-tymey with the bound and stamped cover and the torn-edge paper.
The illustration style reminded me of a mix of Chris Riddell + Brian Froud + Ted Naifeh with some Tony DiTerlizzi th
Premetto che ho letto Cursed pirate girl subito dopo aver chiuso il fenomenale Sharaz-De di Sergio Toppi, e che temo che non abbia giovato al secondo arrivato (ma, d'altronde, sono pochi i fumetti che avrebbero retto il confronto).

Non posso dire che mi sia piaciuto: forse per il paragone, appunto, di certo per ambientazione e tipo di storia, che non coincidono con i miei gusti; visionaria, la narrazione precipita il lettore in un mondo di coralli e isole tropicali, seguendo le avventure (immagin
This is the story of the cursed pirate girl. She inadvertently pisses off the local governor by corrupting his daughter by telling her tales of her glorious pirating adventures. He probably wouldn’t have even known except his daughter proceeds to go all pirate at the dinner he has planned especially for the prince. At first he is just humiliated, but the prince thinks it is cute, that is until he takes a piece of fruit to the face. Then he just becomes an ass. I mean really he encouraged Apollon ...more
Way back in June, I attended the Denver Comic Convention. In the process of browsing the expansive artist alleys, I came across a curious man with a nose ring doodling some incredibly intricate, scrimshaw-esque pictures. Next to him were copies of his book, Cursed Pirate Girl, bound in a distinctive light blue cover and filled with more of the same detailed black-and-white drawings. It was easily the most interesting thing I’d seen at the Con so far. I impulsively grabbed a copy. Two hours later ...more
Syahira Sharif
Cursed Pirate Girl is a girl-oriented action adventure graphic novel about a girl who dreamed about becoming a real pirate and meeting with her dad, an Omerta Seas’s Pirate Captain. The book is divided by several individual issues of the Cursed Pirate Girl series. Unfortunately, the graphic novel is quite brief and its sort of disappointing since I do expect collections to consist of a greater number of issues. More. I want. More.

One of the amazing appeal of the graphic novel was the actual grap
Set in a fantasy world rife with strange characters akin to The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making or Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, this first installment of Cursed Pirate Girl introduces the reader to our orphaned protagonist and sets her out on a journey to find her father the legendary pirate captain. The story follows the "road trip through a fantastic world" formula, and as that is one of my favorite recipes I really enjoyed this. Bastian's untra-fine pen- ...more
Jason Plein
This is a pop-surrealist comic about a brave girl looking for her pirate-captain father, starting out in 18th-century Jamaica. The illustrations are dense, intricate, and macabre. In places I'm reminded of tattoo art; in others, of the kind of illustrations you find in the Oz books or Alice in Wonderland. The binding and paper are fantastic: the cover is embossed; the paper is creamy and bright, but not the blinding, overly bright paper used in too many art books; the edges are ragged, to give y ...more

I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley(dot)com. I was drawn to the artwork on the cover of the book and after reading the synopsis was even more intrigued. The illustrations throughout echo times past and are incredibly and amazingly detailed. The story is fun, quirky, and engaging.

The story features Cursed Pirate Girl. She is trying to hunt down her father who is an Omerta Seas Pirate. Along the way she encounters a number of other pirates and makes many great escapes.

This was a

Okay, so, I keep seeing comparisons to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, and that seems dead on. But since Alice's adventures always made me feel uncomfortable and creeped out, that's not really a good thing for me. Though the presentation is pretty fantastic, and I can't even imagine how much work went into this (it's all hand-drawn and hand-lettered and very, very intricate), I still found the story less than compelling and the art...awkward at times. I thi
Medeia Sharif
This is a story of two very different girls, Apollonia, the governor’s daughter who’s been taught to stay away from bad influences and “commoners,” and Cursed Pirate Girl, who’s rough and tough. Apollonia can’t help it. Despite her upbringing she’s drawn to the pirate girl.

Apollonia’s father isn’t happy about his daughter’s attraction to this girl and thus drives the pirate away. Outside the city there’s plenty of adventure to be had as Cursed Pirate Girl travels the Omerta Seas to find her pira
Jake Forbes
What an incredible book! Jeremy Bastian fits more personality into any given page than most comics are lucky to have in an entire run. One of the best all-ages comics I've ever read. I wish I'd supported the kickstarter so I could have secured a copy earlier. The next volume can't come soon enough, but considering the detail that goes into each page, I can wait. This is definitely a comic to share with my daughter when she's old enough.
Ivy Read
Jeremy Bastian a réussi à créer univers original et complètement barré, dans la veine d’Alice au pays des merveilles qui donne envie au lecteur d’en découvrir plus à chaque page. Son trait fin et élégant donne vie à des personnages intéressants, attachants et atypiques par l’intermédiaire duquel nous suivons la quête identitaire de l’héroïne. Malgré le manque de contraste et les interludes entre chaque chapitres qui sont difficilement compréhensibles, La Fille maudite du capitaine pirate est une ...more
This is a superbly strange book. The Cursed Pirate Girl is journeying the Omerta Sea, looking for her father. The problem is, she doesn't know his name, and what she remembers of him is from dreams. It's clear, however, that there is something magical about her -- not to mention swashbuckling.

The book's garnered a lot of comparisons to Alice In Wonderland, and that's fairly appropriate. It's surreal and beautiful, and deserves to be read whilst listening to things like "The Mariner's Revenge Son
Gori Suture
Where to begin?

For starters, this graphic novel has some of the most beautiful, intricate artwork in it that I have ever seen! It took me twice as long as normal to read this book because I kept getting lost in the visual details. The main character, the Cursed Pirate Girl, is adorable, yet powerful (reminiscent of Hit Girl from Kick Ass, though in no way a rip off). It’s easy to empathize with her as she quests to find her father. The story is a magical adventure filled with parrots and treasu
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