To start with a little history lesson, Swords of the Swashbucklers was originally dreamed up by Bill Mantlo a prolific Marvel Comics writer and the co-creator of beloved Guardians of the Galaxy anti-hero, Rocket Raccoon. It’s, of course, a pirate story, but set in space, and it was illustrated by the great Jackson “Butch” Guice.
It’s been out of print for 25 years and Guice, along with Bill Mantlo and family, are crowdfunding to create a high-quality, completely remastered trade paperback. As you may known, Mantlo’s comic career was cut short by a hit-and-run accident many years ago, and proceeds from this book will generate funds for much-needed ongoing medical care.
Here’s a general introduction to the concept of the comic:
In Swords of the Swashbucklers, spirited teenager Domino Blackthorne Drake was just a normal girl… until she stumbled upon an alien artifact, acquired uncanny power, and became a beacon for intergalactic trouble! With her tabby cat Cap’n Kidd in tow, Domino joins the motley crew of the Starshadow – a spacefaring pirate ship captained by the charismatic and fearless Raader. Domino embarks on a cosmic odyssey to save her kidnapped parents and overthrow the evil Colonizer Empire.
Imagine a young, bright-eyed girl on a galaxy-wide escapade, full of high-energy antics straight out of Guardians of the Galaxy and Pirates of the Caribbean, and you’ve got Swords of the Swashbucklers!
Dynamite Entertainment will be publishing this volume at over 400 pages of content with all 13 issues of the original comic. Some of the rewards include softcover edition, hardcover edition, digital versions, t-shirts, and more. The campaign has already reached its goal and is heading toward its stretch goals with 9 days left in the campaign that ends on May 11th, 2017.
Butch Guice says:
I had the enormous pleasure of working with Bill Mantlo at the beginning of my own career — and I know from personal experience the vibrant infectious enthusiasm and joy Bill had for The Swords of the Swashbucklers, and the stories we told together. This project is a wonderful way to honor Bill Mantlo’s creative legacy. I hope fans — both old and new — support this effort, and I for one very much look forward to seeing the swashbuckling crew of the Starshadow fly once more.
So, get on board the good ship Starshadow while the campaign lasts and be part of bringing these comics to readers once more, as well as celebrating the work of Mantlo and Guice.
And here’s a look at those rather sweet t-shirts:
Find out more about this campaign right here on their Kickstarter page.
You can watch the promo video for this project, too: