Several years ago, I did an arc in my comic strip that involved pirates. Since then, it has been assumed that I have a "thing" for pirates, in the way that people have "things" for trains or Star Trek or stamps. Which is why my brother-in-law gave me a book titled "The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists!" because my husband actually does have a "thing" for Star Trek and science stuff. It was Jim's idea of a really good joke. The book was recently made into a CGI/stop motion animation film by Aardman Productions, the outfit responsible for the "Wallace & Gromit" cartoons.