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The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:44 am
by duddlebug
I've been a member of the Flight boards, and a keen reader of the Flight anthologies, for absolutely yonks, but I've never managed to post anything....

I've not had much time for forums recently (with work, a baby and a big house move) but I was browsing the comics and illustration threads today and thought I should've posted some of my 'Pirate Cruncher' stuff here. So here it is!

'The Pirate Cruncher' is my first picture book, published by Templar in the UK. The book is based on a sample illustration I did for my portfolio afew years back called 'The Pirate Muncher'. It's also been published in the USA and Australia, and will be published in Denmark, Italy, Finland, Germany and Brazil in the coming months. After ten years working in the games industry, but yearning to work on my own stories, it's a dream come true. And the best bit is I get to dress up as a pirate and read it to kids!

I guess there'll be a few of you who've seen this before, so sorry! Maybe I'll post some WiP, which I've not posted anywhere, to relieve the repetition...

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The last one is a fold down flap, with a slightly different image on the back of the flap (the bit you see when you first open the page). It's the big punchline really, before the final 'Crunch!'

I'm working on my second book, which was going to be all space, robots and laser guns but is now another pirate story, so I'll post some of the WiP in a new thread soon.......

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:27 pm
by Stick
holy crap.. this is awesome!

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 1:41 am
by JoshuaTheJames
Woweeee I WISH the remakes and new Monkey Island looked this cool!

-Joshua

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:44 pm
by spill
Very cool work with you first book!
Same goes for your website!
I hope you feel proud your book has been translated into other languages.
I am also in the process of writing and illustration a book for kids...

www.spill.com.gr

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:32 pm
by -PookeyG-
This makes me crap myself with both joy and jealousy. A new standard has been set. I shall strive to someday be a fraction as good as you are!

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:50 pm
by docmanic
Man, that is some spankin' artwork!

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:44 pm
by derick brooks
This stuff is great man. Nice colors

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:20 pm
by Arrow
Amazing!

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:24 pm
by Mikael P.
Hey Jonny!
These look great. I really like how you have polished your loose concept art style into these illustrations.
Glad to see that you have managed to move further in the direction you want to go! Are amazon in the UK selling your books? Or can I get a copy somewhere else?

Mikael (Warthog :) )

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:06 am
by parka
duddlebug, these are brilliant.
You have a website or blog?

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:43 pm
by kennethhunter
oh my, these paintings are beautiful. Parka, what up! love the work you do parka.

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:57 pm
by Jambi
Wow. Just gorgeous stuff. Thanks for posting.

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:46 am
by helldozer
Beautiful style, I love the colors and textures. :)

Re: The Pirate Cruncher

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:43 am
by duddlebug
Hey, thanks for all the lovely comments! They're much appreciated! And sorry it's taken me a little while to come back, stuff's been busy before and after Christmas!

So again, a BIG thanks for all the comments! And I thought I'd better answer a few questions...

Joshua, I've never played Monkey Island, but a few people have made mention of it when i how them my book. I should check them out!

Spill, yup, I'm very chuffed to see my book in different languages. It's kinda weird to think that a kid in Sao Paulo could be reading this silly book at bedtime! Good luck with your book... It always takes longer to get it all together than you think... :)

Hi Mikael! It's been a looooong time! I hope you're well and life's treating you good! Amazon Uk are selling my book, although the paperback is showing as 'not available' at the moment. It'll be back soon, there's a reprint on the way from China! Also available on US Amazon (as a hardback) and it's in a few languages now including Finnish, Danish, German, Italian and Brazilian, so it'll be available in those countires online. Weird.

Hi Parka! I just wanted to say thanks for your terrific blog! As a self-confessed art book addict, I've used it a few times to help make a buying decision, and try to follow your links when I remember! :) I do have a website (http://www.duddlebug.com) and a blog (jonnyduddle.blogpost.com), although I don't update either as often as I should....

And for anyone who's interested, I'm working on a new book at the moment, which is due to get published in the UK towards the end of this year. More pirates, I'm afraid. I'll create a new thread soon, and post some WiP.

Thanks again!