Friday, March 23, 2007

March 23rd, 2007: Convention Schedule!

Hola! In the past week, I've recieved my confirmations for both of PIRATE COVE's planned convention appearances for 2007! Therefore, I proudly present to you:



April 21 & 22 - APE: The Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco, CA

July 26 - 29 - Comic Con International in San Diego, CA


Now, I realize that's a very limited appearance schedule, but I'm hoping to expand my travels shortly. For instance, if they ever decide to get back to me, I'm hoping to bring the COVE to the New York Comic Con next year. And if anyone wants us to show up at a convention in YOUR area, please let me know! I'm always open to suggestions!

Those of you who've visited PIRATE COVE convention booths in the past know that we always bring along some fun treats and convention exclusives. What will we have this year? Stay tuned to The Captain's Table! All will soon be revealed!

Viva Las Vegas!

- J!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

By The Way - PIRATE COVE Is Irrelevant.

Well, well, well! Ain't THIS a kick in the nards! It doth appear Wikipedia has wiped PIRATE COVE off their system!

Imagine my surprise two years back when I did a search for "Pirate Cove" at Wikipedia and came up with a full article detailing the entire series! I was both impressed and flattered that someone would go through all the trouble to do such a thing! It must have taken WEEKS! Not only did they document the reasons behind the creation of PIRATE COVE, but they went so far as to write synopsies of every episode and give a full cast list!

But don't bother looking for it anymore. Despite the fact Wikipedia is supposed to be the largest online encyclopedia of... well, EVERYTHING, PIRATE COVE was deemed "not notable" and "irrelevant" by the keepers of the data.

I thank those who rose to PIRATE COVE's defense, stating that "Notability is asserted due to longevity of the 'daily' comic (6 years). Notability is asserted in that it's in it's second print volume" and (re: the WIRED article PIRATE COVE appeared in) "The comic is mentioned multiple times in the article, and the author is being interviewed specifically as the author of the comic. Ergo, it is a non-trivial mention; ergo, between that and the Silver Bullet article, we have multiple non-trivial mentions from published sources independent of the Pirate Cove webcomic; ergo, it is notable by the standards of Wikipedia. Remember, notability is not subjective."

The actual arguement goes on for several paragraphs, back and forth, pro and con. I blush to think these people CARE enough to argue my humble little comic's worth like this!

Anyway... I need to get back to work, but before I go, I would like to offer a huge hearty handshake to the poor soul who bothered to create the PIRATE COVE Wikipedia entry, only to have it dashed to smithereens by people who probably didn't even bother to read the actual comic!

Ah well. Life goes on. I wonder what a webcomic has to do to be considered "relevant" by Wikipedia. 500 daily readers doesn't seem to be enough. Two books in print with a third on the way doesn't seem to count, either. Nor does approximately 1,800 comic strips and a yearly presence at the World's largest comic convention.

Guess I'll have to continue PIRATE COVE for another 5 years and see if Wikipedia takes notice.


- J!

Monday, March 12, 2007

March 12th, 2007: Brad Delp, Rest In Peace

Some of you may have noticed the banner on PIRATE COVE's front page this afternoon thanking a singer by the name of Brad Delp for his lifetime of musical contributions. And I don't doubt that many of you are asking yourselves "Brad WHO?" Allow me to shed a little light:

Brad Delp was the lead singer of the rock band BOSTON. From the mid 1970s through the early 1980s, you couldn't switch the station without hearing Brad's voice belting out through your radio. As I was growing up during those times, BOSTON was a huge influence upon my tender little mind and therefore become one of my all-time favorite bands.

This afternoon, while perusing The Hollywood Reporter, I saw Brad's death announcement. On Page 36. PAGE 36! This man sang on a debut album that sold 17 MILLION copies! Wow. Page 36, huh? I swore to myself I wouldn't get all snarky about the media in what I intend to be a serious eulogy, but considering some of the other "famous" individuals getting a ton of press over their deaths, Page 36 just doesn't sit well with me.

So, Mr. Delp gets front page at PIRATE COVE. It's not much but it's what I have to offer. I wish I'd had the opportunity to tell him in person, but as that is no longer possible, I'll just have to tell eveyone else: Thank you for lifting my spirits when I'm down. Thank you for making me smile when I hear your voice. Thank you for the level-10 sing alongs we stage on long road trips. Just like Beethoven, just like Frank Sinatra, and just like Led Zeppelin... BOSTON and the legacy of Brad Delp will live on long after we're all long gone. That's the great thing about being an artist: whether they knew you or not, you will never be forgotten.

- J.

"Cry a little longer and hold a little tighter. Emotions can't be satisfied."