So some of you may’ve noticed I’ve been posting a series of Definitely-Not-Filthy Sailing Terms on The Nib this week, because I need to clear up all this confusion about futtocks and snatch blocks and Lubber’s Holes once and for all. There’s is absolutely NOTHING untoward going on here. No sir. Check out the whole list of terms and learn a thing or two right here!

Hey Tumblr, did you know I’m Kickstarting a book starting a week from tomorrow? IT’S TRUE! HERE’S THE COVER ART TO PROVE IT.

Baggywrinkles: A Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea will collect all six issues of my educational, autobiographical, nautical comic about living and working on an 18th-century tall ship into a handsome, 100-page softcover collection.

You’re gonna learn things about knots and marlinspikes and weird costuming and walking the plank and scurvy and it’s gonna be fuckin’ rad. If you like boats, this is the book for you. If you like history, this is the book for you. If you’ve ever dreamed about running away to sea this is literally a manual on how to do that thing in the 21st century and party like it’s 1799.

You can follow me on Kickstarter to get notified when the project launches on July 20th, or watch this space! I won’t be shutting up about it for the next month.


Baggywrinkes: A Lubber's Guide to Life at Sea
A fetching, 100-page softcover collection of the educational-autobiographical-nautical comic you never knew you needed.


“Specialization isn’t just key to evolution—it can help bring new focus to your work and encourage readers to learn from (and share!) your enthusiasm. In this panel from the 2016 Toronto Comic Arts Festival, join Lucy Bellwood/@lucybellwood​  (Baggywrinkles: a Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea), Erika Moen/@erikamoen​  (Oh Joy, Sex Toy), Lisa Hanawalt/@lisahanawalt​ (Hot Dog Taste Test, BoJack Horseman), and Kate Beaton/@beatonna​ (Hark, A Vagrant) as they discuss the benefits and perils of “having a niche” in comics.”


Hey Tumblr!

So as you all may or may not know, I like boats. I like ’em a lot

I’ve worked as a deckhand on various square-rigged tall ships up and down the West Coast, and when I’m not doing that I make comics about life aboard sailing vessels. And right now I’m collecting these comics into a BOOK! It’s called “Baggywrinkles: A Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea” and it’ll be shiny and fresh and fully colored and full of guest art from amazing cartoonists and it’s gonna come with STICKERS and goddamn NAUTICAL TEMPORARY TATTOOS and I want you all to have copies because you’re gonna learn some sweet, sweet knowledge about maritime history and nautical lore and SCURVY and that shit is COOL. 

How cool? Basically as cool as this hunky bit of seafaring citrus, drawn for the book by nautical comics dynamo Kevin Cannon (kevincannonart):

So here’s the deal: you’ve got 39 hours left to bag a copy through the Kickstarter. We’ve smashed through every stretch goal except the very last one—a custom sea shanty theme song for the comic from the PDX Broadsides. I dunno about you, but I love sea shanties, and I love theme songs, and I’d be beside myself with joy if we hit that before this thing is done.

So tell your friends! Talk to me on Twitter! And let’s finish this thing in style.


Here’s a preview of the super fancy, two-color letterpress print I’ll be making with Twin Ravens Press for the Baggywrinkles Kickstarter! It’s a spotter’s guide to traditional sailors’ tattoos and what they mean. There’s less than ten left, but there are lots of other fancy rewards you can take your pick from. We’re also less then $200 away from unlocking a hardcover tier!

Head over to the campaign page to see the full print design and check out preview art from the comics—it’s gonna be a hell of a thing.

Yesterday was, to put it mildly, completely insane.

I turned off my phone at 11:30pm to preserve my sanity. Opening it at 9am to a flood of congratulatory texts, tweets, and notifications was the loveliest gift. You funded this sucker in TWENTY-ONE HOURS. I am so floored and so, so grateful.

Thank you to everyone who said such kind things, who shared the project, and who signed up to get books.

There’s rad stretch goals still to be had, so let’s make a thing together.

Happy New Comic Book Day! Baggywrinkles is officially on shelves in comic shops today, so if you ordered a copy through your local retailer, now’s a great time to go pick it up. 

If you want a hardcover copy (not available in stores) for yourself, you can order one directly from me!

(Photo from Hourglass Comics in Port Moody, BC thanks to Haley Boros. If you see a copy in the wild, send me a photo!)