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Fiction and Excerpts [3]

Sailor Twain, or: The Mermaid in the Hudson (Comic Excerpt)

, || One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular—and notoriously reclusive—author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.

Literal World Building: Crafting Miniatures and Models

In this ongoing series, we ask SF/F authors to describe a specialty in their lives that has nothing (or very little) to do with writing. Join us as we discover what draws authors to their various hobbies, how they fit into their daily lives, and how and they inform the author’s literary identity!

I’ve always loved miniatures. I remember being a toddler and gazing with amazement at a cousin of mine who made painstaking scale models, painting tiny, millimeter-high figures in a tiny WWII airplane cockpit. Something about small worlds spark my fantasy day-dreaming mind. Although I don’t collect them, I always admire the character models and figures on sale at every Comic Con.

For some years now, making miniature models of things and people has also become a vital piece of every project of mine. Above is a riverside General Store for a story that’s still germinating.

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Sailor Twain, or: The Mermaid in the Hudson (Comic Excerpt)

Check out a 14-page excerpt from Sailor Twain, or: The Mermaid in the Hudson, a graphic novel by author/illustrator Mark Siegel. The paperback edition is available March 4th from First Second.

One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular—and notoriously reclusive—author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.

[Read an Excerpt]

Steamboat Willy

Enjoy this original comic by cartoonist and author Mark Siegel, who’s first graphic novel Sailor Twain, or The Mermaid in the Hudson comes out next Tuesday, October 2nd, from First Second Books.

In “Steamboat Willy,” a lovesick sailor requests divine help in showing his affection to a beautiful mermaid. What the sailor receives is… exactly what he asked for.

(Note: Mermaid nudity ahead! Mildly NSFW.)

[Read “Steamboat Willy”]

The Summer Storm: Mermaids and the Mid-Life

I started working on Sailor Twain in my mid-thirties. This is a peculiar time in a man’s years, the summer of life. By then some inhibitions have dropped off, the anxieties and contradictions of the spring-chicken-days have quieted, and a man’s sense of himself and his power changes. A strident but dispersed potency gives way to a more focused, laser-like intention, sometimes. It’s also a time when mermaids sing.

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Series: Sea Monster Week

Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson (Comic Excerpt)

In honor of Sea Monster Week we bring you this 14-page excerpt from the upcoming graphic novel Sailor Twain, out on October 2nd from First Second.

One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular—and notoriously reclusive—author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.

[Read Sailor Twain]

Series: Sea Monster Week