Running up tabs at local bars by day and haunting thedock by night, Set to Sea 's protagonist is a big lug of an aspiring poetwho writes paeans to the seafaring life. When he gets shanghaied aboard aclipper bound for Hong Kong, however, he finds the sailor's life a bit rougherthan his romantic nautical fantasies! In the course of this black-and-whitegraphic novel, he helps rebuff a pirate assault, survives a gunshot to the eye,and learns to live and love a Conradian life on the sea, all the while writingpoetry about pirates, bad food, unceremonial funerals, foreign ports, andunexpected epiphanies. By the end of his life, he's found satisfaction in hisadventures a receptive and appreciative readership. What more could one ask for?Drawn in an elaborate crosshatched style that falls somewhere between GustaveDore's engravings and E. C. Segar's Popeye , Set to Sea is partrollicking adventure, part maritime ballad told in visual rhyme. Every page is asingle panel; every panel is a stunning illustration, every illustration a partof a larger whole that tells a story in the deft language of cartooning.