‘Sea Dogs’: Werewolf Pirates Terrorize The High Seas In New Graphic Novel

Sea Dogs

Chicago filmmaker and screenwriter Curtis Matzke (Sink, The Orchestra) has launched a fundraising campaign to adapt his feature screenplay Sea Dogs into a rip-roaring and exciting new graphic novel. In an IP-driven world, Matzke hopes to gain momentum for the idea in this new format and uncover a passionate comic book audience.

Originally conceived during the height of the pandemic, Sea Dogs is a modern reimagining of the pirate and werewolf genres. It follows a group of passengers on a small cruise ship who must survive the night when a team of Somali pirates board their ship and turn into ravenous werewolves once the sun is down.

Though Matzke remains passionate about one day telling this story as an uproarious adventure film, he’s excited to see it come to life as a comic, which he believes may even be how the story was meant to be told. 

The screenplay has been well-received at competitions and even hailed as “well-paced and well-structured” by the Slamdance Film Festival. After advancing to the Second Round of the Austin Film Festival, one reader said, “The concept is weird, and it’s brilliant.”

Though Sea Dogs is full of pulpy fun, it focuses on complex relationships that address contemporary themes of class, poverty, and race as a satirical survival story that feels relevant to our world.

The campaign runs on IndieGoGo until February 17, 2024. Funds will cover the cost of the artist, printing, and distribution of the graphic novel with the goal of releasing physical copies by the end of the year.



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