Pirates and Ninjas in the News

March 31, 2017: Pirate vs. ninja debate rages The Rocky Mountain News points its Spotlight at the debate.

“Pirate or ninja?

Don’t think about it, just answer the question.

Pirate or ninja?

That’s the beauty of one of the most colorful and passionate arguments that rages endlessly on the Internet these days: everyone has an opinion and no one is wrong.”

March 28, 2017: High Adventure Design’s Roy Hembree was interviewed in the Sydney Morning Herald

March 26, 2017: Ask A Ninja wins the first annual YouTube award for Best Series. Congratulations to Ask a Ninja!

December 7, 2016: Ninja fighting for his apology
“Jeremiah Ransom, a junior from Macon, has received no response to a letter he sent to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives requesting a formal apology after being tackled to the ground by ATF agents in front of Snelling Dining Commons in April.” (This is a follow-up story to ATF rids Univ. of ninja threat)

December 4, 2016: Southern Californian artist creates art from pirates, ninjas and Zapatistas.
“MCASD has commissioned Kaino to create new works for the Cerca Series. Revolving around the premise that ‘Laws are Made for Rogues,’ Kaino will create installations dealing with issues of individual versus group identity and aesthetic style as a form of social commentary, using ninjas, pirates, and Zapatistas as his protagonists. In popular culture, the strength of an anonymous individual ninja is almost impenetrable whereas groups of ninjas are easily dispatched by weaker opponents. The inverse is true for pirates, whose strength is as a flamboyantly dressed mass, often forcing the lone individual to walk the plank. Kaino conflates these premises, using toy Zapatista dolls that emulate ninja dress and a two-headed pirate boat outfitted with planks for each pirate, to explore the popular expectations of good versus bad, strong versus weak that are communicated through aesthetic choices.”

November 22, 2016: Ninja Loves Pirate New Demo Released
“Swedish independent developer Muskedunder Interactive today released a revamped demo of the game Ninja Loves Pirate. Due to a massive interest online and lots of requests Muskedunder Interactive has decided to include the following in the new demo…”

November 21, 2016: Rainn Wilson…The Combative Ninja?
“According to Hollywood Reporter, Wilson will make his screenwriting debut in Bonzai Shadowhands for Fox Searchlight, which he will also star in. Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking) will direct.

November 8, 2016: December 5 is the Fourth Annual Day of the Ninja – Holiday Started as a Response to International Talk Like a Pirate Day
“SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 28 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — aethereal FORGE announces that Ninja lovers around the world will be celebrating the fourth annual Day of the Ninja this December 5. On this day, individuals are encouraged to dress up like ninja, participate in ninja-related activities, and spread ninja propaganda via the Internet.

The Day of the Ninja was created in 2003 as a response to that year’s December 5 release of the Tom Cruise film entitled The Last Samurai (which featured a scene where samurai battled ninja). On a larger scale, the holiday is seen as a response to the popular International Talk Like a Pirate Day, celebrated every September 19.”

November 5, 2016: First Annual Vloggies a Smash
“Saturday’s awards ceremony was a veritable “who’s who” of online video. Everyone from Rocketboom’s Andrew Baron to Ask a Ninja’s Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine to Robert Scoble to Jerry Zucker (whose hilarious address brought down the house) gathered to celebrate the best of the vlogosphere. The ceremony was hosted with wit and spark by Irina Slutsky and David McVicar and featured brief clips from each of the winning vlogs.”
(Our congratulations to Ask A Ninja for their success at the award show)

November 5, 2016: Pirates pegged for CBS
“Shiver me timbers: CBS and Mark Burnett are hitting the high seas, teaming up for a pirate-themed reality adventure skein. Eye has greenlit production on approximately 13 episodes of the untitled project, which begins casting shortly with an eye on a summer 2007 premiere. Details of the project are being kept under wraps.”

November 2, 2016: Antarctic Press announces Pirates vs. Ninjas comic book
“Ahoy, me hearties, if ya haven’t heard of the internet phenomenon of Pirates vs. Ninjas debates, then now’s yer chance to jump aboard, cuz A.P. be givin’ you the HOOK-up. Har-har-har!

Written by Fred (Gold Digger) Perry and drawn by Craig Babiar (of the hit mini-series Gold Digger: Throne of Shadows). It will be featured in the November DIAMOND PREVIEWS catalog for January products. The first issue is set to hit stores January 2007. It’s an event not to be missed, so pre-order your copy now, ye scurvy dogs!”

September 19, 2016: On September 19, 2006, in recognition of Talk Like a Pirate Day the Yahoo! homepage featured a story about the pirates vs. ninjas movie associated with the site PirateVersusNinjas.com.

September 18, 2016: Talk Like a Pirate Day’s John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur was the first person to mention pirates vs. ninjas on national television. He and his family were featured on the ABC television program WifeSwap. As he was being introduced in the beginning of the show he was sitting at a computer. He turned to the camera and explained that he was writing a chapter about “how pirates and ninjas can’t get along.”

May 23, 2016: Release Your Inner Ninja
“Ninjasoc — a social club reserved exclusively for those with a penchant for parading around in black pajamas, ridding the world of evildoers — is taking Canterbury University by storm, New Zealand’s Stuff reports.”

April 27, 2016: ‘Ninja’ seeks apology from ATF bureau
“The firm representing University student and “ninja” Jeremiah Ransom issued a letter Tuesday to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives asking for a public apology.” (This is a follow-up story to ATF rids Univ. of ninja threat)

April 13, 2016: Wesley ninja strikes back
“Ninja vs. Pirate day started as an innocent way to meet people and invite them to the Wesley Foundation, the United Methodist group on campus… Unfortunately for Jeremiah Ransom, the sophomore detained by Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm agents Tuesday, he was introduced to an agent’s knee.” (This is a follow-up story to ATF rids Univ. of ninja threat)

April 12, 2016: ATF rids Univ. of ninja threat
“ATF agents are always on alert for anything suspicious — including ninjas.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm agents, on campus Tuesday for Project Safe Neighborhoods training, detained a “suspicious individual” near the Georgia Center, University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said.

Jeremiah Ransom, a sophomore from Macon, was leaving a Wesley Foundation pirate vs. ninja event when he was detained.

After being held in investigative detention, he was found to have violated no criminal laws and was not arrested.”

March 2, 2016: High Adventure Design’s Roy Hembree was interviewed on the Kevin and Bean Morning Show on The World Famous KROQ in Los Angeles.