Jeremy Bastian knew he wanted to be an artist from the time he was a wee lad. After graduating from high school, he attended the Art Institute of Pittsburg, where he found himself surrounded by talented and supportive peers.
After completion of his degree, Jeremy returned to his hometown of Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he worked at an art supply store for several years, again surrounded by support and talent. It was these peers that encouraged him to really pursue and hone his craft and passion in comic book art, and after much perseverance he released his first self-published edition of Cursed Pirate Girl in 2006.
Since then, several editions of the book have been published, first by Olympia Publishing and most recently by Archaia. The hardcover, published by Archaia in 2012, collects the first 3 chapters that were published individually through Olympian Publishing, as well as a guest gallery and fold-out poster.
In 2014, Jeremy was invited to participate in an artist's residency in Bordeaux, France, where he completed several pages of the fourth chapter of Cursed Pirate Girl. During this time, the French edition of the book was released (La Fille Maudite du Capitaine Pirate) and was well received, selling out within three months of its initial release date.
Most recently, the fourth chapter of Cursed Pirate Girl has been published (October 2015) as a softcover volume put out by Archaia. This release culminates nearly three years of hard work and devoted precision. In this latest book the viewer can expect to see a whole new level of imaginative adventure and fine-lined detail.
Jeremy currently lives off the beaten path in Salem, Michigan with his wife, dogs and cat. Together they raise ducks, chickens, sheep and horses on part of a small historic farmstead and orchard. It is this proximity to the natural world that often inspires his characters and drawings.