Fire no guns, shed no tears

This comic is an an attempt to study the style, if not content, of cartoonist Eli Valley. I’d take the company of pyromaniacal pirates over the real-life ghouls Eli sends up with unparalleled skill in his work.


yo-hope, n. (and int.) Nautical. Now hist. and rare. A task regulated by a chant or song of the type used by sailors when hauling ropes or performing other strenuous, rhythmically repetitive tasks; the chant so used. Also as int. Cf. yo-ho int. and n., yo-heave-ho int. and n.

This yo hope of heaving up the Anchor, was a needless trouble, when they design’d to burn the Ship.
— Charles Johnson, 'A general history of the robberies and murders of the most notorious pirates, and also their policies, discipline and government, from their first rise and settlement in the island of Providence in 1717, to the present year 1724 : with the remarkable actions and adventures of the two female pyrates, Mary Read and Anne Bonny : to which is prefix'd an account of the famous Captain Avery and his companions ... : to which is added, a short abstract of the statute and civil law, in relation to pyracy' (1724)