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Smokin Powder Louder

Smokin Powder Louder
Illustration Copyright Chris Pallace, 2005.
Drawn for Skallywaggs card game.

Skallywaggs is a joint venture of Ben Crenshaw and myself, and our wives. Jan was constantly looking up all pirate facts, and sending my jpegs of pirate-ish things for inspiration. She's directly responsible for all the quotes and facts we included in the game, and she even wrote a 30 verse sea shanty.

Smokin Powder Louder is a tribute not everyone will get. Graham Chapman (of Monty Python fame) wrote and starred in a movie called Yellowbeard (1983). I consider to be a real gem (that could've been made great with a little tighter editing). Graham played a blonde version of Blackbeard. Madeline Kahn, Peter Cook, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Eric Idle, John Cleese, even a cameo by Sting. Stagger, stagger. Crawl, crawl.

The burning rope in his hair is an old Blackbeard trick. He used to weave burning fuse hemp through his beard and hair before making a raid to appear more demonic and frightening to his opponents.

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