Schedule Change!

Hi Mer-folks! I thought I’d share a bit of what I’ve been up to lately — it’s been a busy time in my little world.

First: I’ve decided to move my posting day back to Monday. There are a couple of reasons for that; one is that the common wisdom of posting webcomics (I’ve been reading books on it!) is that Monday is the best day to do it in terms of readership (apparently people look at webcomics at work — really? I want that job! OK, I guess I take breaks to look at webcomics too, heh); so in aid of Monday procrastinators everywhere, I’ll bow to the pressure. The other reason is that my own schedule has had some changes, and this will now work better for my own work flow.

Root Redwing and the Thieves of Kettle Bay

Root encounters a young mermaid and her pet octopus! Like dogs, octopuses should be well trained.

Remember this? I posted last spring that I was making a comic about Root Redwing as a younger woman, which was published in the Kraken Komiks anthology “Cephalopods”. Kraken had a six-month exclusive on it, which has now expired, and I will be posting the entire story as a Mermaid Music special in between chapters of the main story (chapter two is drawing to a close) sometime in November! This will give me a chance over the holidays to catch up on my backlog (is that some kind of a verbal paradox?) as well as give me a chance to do some organizational changes to this website.

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Winding up the show at the Shatterbox  Coffee Bar (I’m all hopped up on good coffee here)— those are the mer-cats on the wall behind me! It was a delight having my art in the cafe setting rather than a gallery for a change; it feels more homey, somehow.

I’ve finished the children’s book I was illustrating, as well as illustrations for an adult-level educational book — what an intense summer and fall! And I can’t show off any of it yet (picture me dancing around in frustration, clutching my portfolio of top secret documents), but should be able to in a month or so, when the publisher’s catalogue comes out. The children’s book will be coming out in April, and I am very proud of the work I did for it, so I’m very excited about its release. It’s quite different from my comics work, much of it involving very detailed paintings and drawings of lots of sea critters, which had to be scientifically accurate. But there was also some narrative illustration, which gave me a chance for some storytelling and even some humour.

I’m taking part in Inktober again this year, which is a drawing challenge started by Jake Parker, which has spread like wildfire all over the art world. As with the Opus drawing challenge I did in February, I’m planning to make a little book out of it. I’m using a Moleskine Japanese Album again, which has accordion folded pages, just enough for a month’s drawing-a-day. It’s such a good warmup, I think I will keep going with it after this month — I think my next book should be mer-folk (and mer-cats, of course)!

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A drawing from my Inktober 2016 project. The little sketchbook is based on my nostalgia for old Mark Trail Sunday comics, and I think I’ll call it “True Animal Facts and Lies”. The drawings are 3.5 x 5.5 inches, about the size of a typical comic panel, and based on a prompt word for each day. Ink and coloured pencil.

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A tidepool Inktober cartoon. I did a similar (but more scientific and detailed and without captions) drawing for the upcoming children’s book. It was fun to do a bit of anthropomorphizing! 3.5 x 5.5 inches, ink and coloured pencil

See you on Monday with the next page of Mermaid Music!

Mer-cats Takeover!

We now interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you —Mer-cats! Also known as Felis Marinus, these denizens of the briny deep are the purrfect companions for mer-folk like Whelk and Gull . As Maggie delights in a bit of mischief above the waves, so do these below.

I’m at Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend, so the Mer-cats have agreed to take over the comic for this week. Would you like to see more of these guys integrated into the story? Should Maggie meet them sometime? Should they have their own comic? Let me know! As a special bonus, there are black-and-white versions of these drawings after the colour ones that you can download and colour yourself.

"Well, if you didn't want me to play with it, why did you throw it to me?" Silkfin — ("Purple Prankster")

“Well, if you didn’t want me to play with it, why did you throw it to me?”
Silkfin — (“Purple Prankster”)

"I'm very fancy, but very tiny, so you might miss me, unless you are very still and look very closely into my home next low tide!" — Dappletail ("Tidepool Sculpin")

“I’m very fancy, but very tiny, so you might miss me, unless you are very still and look very closely into my home next low tide!” — Dappletail (“Tidepool Sculpin”)

"Sometimes you just go around in circles trying to get dinner!" — Frills ("Fishy Frolic")

“Sometimes you just go around in circles trying to get dinner!” — Frills (“Fishy Frolic”)

"We are the companions of both Fins and Hands, but we are kind of shy of strangers. But look for us at the mer-folk's city — they stir up a lot of bite-sized fish to eat!" — Sun-on-Wave and Grey-Shadow ("Flirting with the Sun")

“We are the companions of both Fins and Hands, but we are kind of shy of strangers. But look for us at the mer-folk’s city — they stir up a lot of bite-sized fish to eat!” — Sun-on-Wave and Grey-Shadow (“Flirting with the Sun”)

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