Pirates of the Caribbean: Six Sea Shanties (originally Six Sea Chanties) was to be a described graphic novel. The book was to be an anthology, with a large cast of creative talent including big names like Tom Mandrake, Bryan Q. Miller and Rob Kidd, the author of the Jack Sparrow and Legends of the Brethren Court series. Not very many details were released, only that it was to consist of one main story and six short stories as a kind of Canterbury Tales for the seafaring, swashbuckling set. The book was to fill in stories throughout the Pirates of the Caribbean canon, revealing what went on since At World's End ended and On Stranger Tides began, though featured tales dating back before The Curse of the Black Pearl. The stories were said to include dueling Jacks (Sparrow and the monkey that is), Barbossa and the skeleton curse. Blackbeard and other yet-known characters were also to be included in the stories.
The graphic novel was scheduled to be released on April 19, 2011, but it was delayed because the production was not satisfied with the artwork. It is unknown if the plans to publish it are on hold or not.
Pirates a'plenty are gathered at the infamous Faithful Bride tavern in the pirate haven of Tortuga, and as the night wears on and the rum keeps flowing, tales of Captain Jack Sparrow and his cohorts spill forth from drunken pirate mouths. These six stories are a kind of Canterbury Tales for the seafaring, swashbuckling set—and fans of comics and Pirates everywhere!
On Stranger Tides: The Official Movie Guide
While the release of graphic novel itself had seemingly been cancelled, two of the comic stories were published in Disney Presents - Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides: The Official Movie Guide, issues #1 and #2.
The name and details of the story in issue #1 is currently unknown.
Issue #2: Strangers Bearing Gifts - A Tale of the Black Pearl
The story in issue #2 is a 17-page story called "...Strangers Bearing Gifts - A Tale of the Black Pearl" and occurs sometime before Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, as it follows Barbossa and the crew of the Black Pearl, all cursed. Barbossa's crew found a young boy in the middle of the ocean, somehow still alive and wearing shackles. Once he awakes and is questioned by Barbossa, the boy revealed he had found the Fountain of Youth and that his name is Juan Ponce de León, which Barbossa doesn't believe, however he followed Juan's directions in the hopes he would lead them to the Fountain and cure the crew's curse. "Juan" instead leads them to an island, where he turns on the Black Pearl crew and reveals himself to be a sea god/demon named Palaimon, who feeds on and collects the souls of pirates and sailors to extend his life. The crew of the Black Pearl defend themselves against Palaimon's army of souls, during which we see Ragetti lose his eye. Barbossa defeats Palaimon by forcing him to fall into the sea, deducing he wasn't able to swim due to having found him clinging to a piece of floating wood, and his godly statue showing him riding a dolphin. As Barbossa said, "His altar was a statue of him ridin' a bloody dolphin. Ironic or not, if a sea god can swim... he doesn't need a dolphin."
- Jack Sparrow
- Hector Barbossa
- Bo'sun (pirate)
- Arabella Smith
- Fitzwilliam P. Dalton III
- Jean Magliore
- Constance Magliore
- Juan Ponce de León (Mentioned only)
- Crew of the Black Pearl
- Crew of the Queen Anne's Revenge
- Crew of the Barnacle
- Spanish Armada (Mentioned only)
Behind the scenes
On October 8, 2010, Disney Publishing held an intimate but lively panel at New York Comic-Con, where one of their projects revealed included a graphic novel titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Six Sea Chanties. The book was to fill in stories throughout the Pirates of the Caribbean canon, featuring tales from before the first movie (The Curse of the Black Pearl) and at least one story that served as a prequel to the fourth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The book was to be an anthology, with a large cast of creative talent including big names like Tom Mandrake, Bryan Q. Miller and Rob Kidd, the author of the Jack Sparrow and Legends of the Brethren Court series. One of the Disney presenters noticed artist Andy Kuhn in the back of conference room. Quickly announcing that Kuhn was one of the artist to be featured in Six Sea Chanties, the Disney crew asked Kuhn why he agreed to the project. Kuhn yelled in response, "Because pirates are cool!"
The stories were to be populated with familiar characters from the films and also introduce some new characters, such as Blackbeard, who factors in heavily to the plotline of the new movie. Although it was still early in development, stories were said to include dueling Jacks (Sparrow and the monkey that is), Barbossa and the skeleton curse. In preparation for the fourth movie, Blackbeard and other yet-known characters will also be included in the stories. Though the book was still in its early phases, Disney did promise a cover by Eric Powell (of The Goon fame) and at least one story featuring "zombie monkeys". Both of these promises were met with enthusiastic applause from the audience.
Months later, websites had given the graphic novel a different title, Pirates of the Caribbean: Six Sea Shanties: A Graphic Novel Anthology, while stating it would reveal what went on in the Pirates world since At World's End ended and On Stranger Tides began. Several stories were revealed as well: Captain Barbossa and his crew sit around a table in Tortuga's infamous Faithful Bride tavern, throwing back mugs of rum, a tale would be told that dated back to before The Curse of the Black Pearl. When this crew of cutthroats came across a mysterious castaway who - through his own encounter with the Fountain of Youth might then hold the key to lifting the terrible curse that Barbossa's crew were under. Plus readers would have learned how Ragetti actually lost his right eye.
Six Sea Shanties was scheduled to be released on April 19, 2011, However, despite the excitement, the graphic novel's release was delayed. But on April 30, 2011, screenwriter Terry Rossio posted on his Twitter that he finished reading Six Sea Shanties, "Well-written and fun; recommended." One reason the graphic novel was delayed was supposedly because the production was not satisfied with the artwork. It is unknown if the plans to publish it are on hold or not, as nothing was officially stated, but rumors persist that Disney put the project on hold indefinitely. Despite this, at least two stories were published in Disney magazines.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Six Sea Shanties: An Original Graphic Novel Anthology at Amazon.com
- NYCC: Disney Publishing Talks Tron, Pirates, Muppets, Epic Mickey and More (Spoilers) - StitchKingdom.com
- Comic Book Resources
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 JHM: "On Stranger Tides" will attempt to recapture the fun & adventure of Disney's first "Pirates" picture
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 NYCC: DISNEY PUBLISHING - Comic Book Resources
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 NYCC: Disney Publishing Talks Tron, Pirates, Muppets, Epic Mickey and More (Spoilers) - StitchKingdom.com
- ↑ Twitter / TerryRossio: Just finished reading Six Sea ...