Monday, December 26, 2011

Great Capstans in History!

It's holiday time, folks. So while I'm busying boxing it up on Boxing Day, it's time for another edition of Great Capstans in History!

As I'm spending Christmas at home in Newfoundland, I thought I'd give a local shout-out. This all-natural looking number is the spinning heart of the replica Matthew, a 15th century caravel famously sailed to Newfoundland by John Cabot when he discovered it in 1497.

Caravels were popular amongst 15th century explorers due to their very shallow draught. That is to say, they didn't go very deep under the water while sailing. This made them ideal for exploring the unknown shores of the new world, but not very ideal for weathering the crossing of the Atlantic. Oops.

The legend (read, Canadian Heritage Minute) goes that as the Matthew entered the waters off Newfoundland, its progress was stayed due to the unimaginable numbers of codfish in the ocean. Upon his return to England, Cabot recommended Newfoundland as a limitless fishing ground that would last "until the end of time", which history shows occurred around 1992. 

Other famous caravels include the Pinta and NiƱa which sailed with Christopher Columbus. Columbus himself sailed on the larger carrack Santa Maria, cause what a jerk.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Mutiny, HD

Merry Christmas from Bounty, now in TECHNICOLOR. Or whatever the thing is nowadays.

Photo Credits!
Panel 1: Tall Ship Bounty, courtesy of
Panel 2: Clark Gable as Christian and Charles Laughton as Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).
Panel 3: Errol Flynn as Christian in In the Wake of the Bounty (1933).
Panel 4: Anthony Hopkins as Bligh in The Bounty (1984).
Panel 5: Marlon Brando as Christian and Trevor Howard as Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).
Panel 6: The Mutineers turning Lt Bligh and some of the officers and crew adrift from His Majesty's Ship Bounty, 29 April 1789 by Robert Dodd.

Incidentally, though all of the screen versions of the mutiny are fun, the '84 film The Bounty with Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian and the incomparably furious Anthony Hopkins as Bligh is the most wicked fun. Check it out, cause it's probably like 3 bucks. Cheers!

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Dog Hunter

I really just did this one to mess with Google's search results. Enjoy! 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Science Fiction

My friend and ex-English Society compatriot Lacy was kind enough to give On the Bounty a shout-out in her blog nine little birds, which she is attentive to when she's not all sorts of journalizing. You should read her!

Yes, many was the day we'd sit around the society room having arguments about Shakespeare Batman. English Lit Majors! We do it literally. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Date Night

I believe Captain Bligh is developing some empty crow's nest syndrome. #bwaahaha

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011


Just finished moving back to Canada! That means it's comics time!

Hey, you should all google+ like us or something. It's the latest trend?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Shark Week Part 3

It's the conclusion of Shark Week on the Bounty!

And to celebrate, I'm off to go see Jaws on the big screen! Cheers everyone!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Shark Week Part 1

It's Shark Week! And all this week the crew of the Bounty is doing like they do on the Discovery Channel.

This all leading up to the New Haven Criterion Theatre's showing of Jaws this Friday at midnight! If you live in or around the New Haven area, God save you, you could do a lot worse than seeing one of the greatest movies ever made on the big screen!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Great Capstans in History!

It's time to celebrate who really does the heavy lifting around here with another installment of Great Capstans in History!

This saucy lady is capstan of the Kruzenshtern, a German-built windjammer previously known as the Padua. She was taken by the Russians as war reparations in 1946 and rechristened. Today as a training ship, she is the only ship of her line, and the largest traditional sailing ship to still be in use.

So though she's been around the block a bit, this capstan's tiny drumhead and ample whelps have made her a big hit with the guys, as we see here! Easy fellas, she's European!

If you know of a capstan you'd like featured in a future installment of Great Capstans in History, why not send a picture and some info to On the Bounty?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


I thought about whether or not I should explain this, but I decided against it.

Friday, July 15, 2011


This is the first time Bo'sun Cole has had a speaking part, and I am glad to give him the opportunity.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Today's comic is a response to this installment of Kate Beaton's Hark, a Vagrant! which pretty accurately depicts the major events of the oddly rumless Rum Rebellion.

Bligh was in at least two mutinies in his life. Three if you count the journey to Australia in which Bligh pissed off one of his subordinate captains so much he literally opened fire on Bligh's ship.

There are several theories about Bligh being caught hiding in or around his bed, mostly due to the account given by MacArthur and Johnston supported by this artistic rendering of Bligh which became quite popular.

For his part, Bligh provided this rebuttal depicting MacArthur.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


This comic is going up on June 14th!

That makes it 73 years to the day since the publication of Action Comics #1! And also two and a half months until the publication of the OTHER Action Comics #1. It's a lot like the old one, but this time Supes isn't wearing any underwear. It's a legitimate way to get new readers, guys! By going commando.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Were Wolves?

This is a companion piece to the last one. Glad we cleared that up without anyone feeling embarrassed.

Monday, June 6, 2011


Do you have questions for the dauntless Bounty crew? Write to them! I'm putting together some reader response comics in the near future, and YOUR QUESTION might appear in a future installment!

Saturday, May 28, 2011


According to Google, I have readers now! Well, I'll try anything once. Welcome!

Over on the right, you'll see I added social networking thingies. Apparently they are all the rage. You should at least check out the On the Bounty facebook page.

In related news, check out the anchor on Blackbeard! Sure, the Queen Anne's Revenge sank 70 years before the Bounty mutiny, but just check out that sucker! That thing looks like it's the SIZE of the original Bounty. Seriously.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Great Capstans in History!

It's time for another installment of everyone's favorite segment, Great Capstans in History!

This (admittedly somewhat ostentatious) capstan is none other than the beating heart of the USS Constitution; the oldest living warship afloat!

I had the pleasure of visiting Old Ironsides last fall and ended up giving an impromptu demonstration on how to properly fire a cannon. And even the Constitution's cannons are fairly famous, among them "Jumping Billy" recently appeared on screen in the film Master and Commander.

The ship is undergoing massive restorations at the moment in preparation for the bicentennial of the War of 1812. You should go visit.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


I admit that in internet terms this is a pretty old joke, but I couldn't let it go. I'll repent for it later.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


I imagine navigating a dismasted brig is not at all easy, and might result in some residual bitterness.

You should know that I tested this comic on my wife (as I do all of them) and she immediately quoted me the distance from Ushant to Scilly unprompted. Listen here folks, that's when you know it's love.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Octopus Pie

This comic may not make a lot of sense to you unless you knew what I was referencing.

On the other hand, I think it's funnier to read not knowing I was referencing anything and just wondering why the crew is suddenly calling each other "Eve" and "Lunabelle" and where exactly Bligh is keeping that bird.

In any case, today's comic is a tribute to Meredith Gran's Octopus Pie, and the dialogue is entirely hers. I've been a fan of her stuff for a long time.

Just pick a random strip and read it without looking at the words at all. You can tell exactly what's going on, and have a good idea of what each character is feeling, and what their relationship is to the other characters. I eat that stuff up.

Now try that with On the Bounty. Oops. That's why she's the artist, folks. :s