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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Chapter Two — Over and Under the Waves

Page 60 — Perhaps they need to match the tune, too?

Page 60 — Perhaps they need to match the tune, too?

Hey folks! I’m posting a bit early this week, because by tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be on my way to VanCAF — the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival! If you’re in Vancouver, drop by (it’s a free festival) and see me in Hall 1 at table G3! Tell me you follow this comic and get a free postcard map of the world of Mermaid Music, and a big grin from me!

Chapter Two — Under the Waves

Page 53 — Introducing Whelk of the Octopus clan, Gull of the Anemone clan, and Chirikik of the Fins. Hands and Fins can do so many things for each other… in this case they can get each other in trouble!

First post on the new schedule — in case you missed it, I’m now updating on Fridays instead of Mondays, around about 3 pm Pacific Time. Please let me know how this works for you! I’d also love to hear feedback from people about the new characters and new threads I’ve been weaving into the story, and I’ve been experimenting a bit with the art — tell me what you think! I love comments!

Chapter Two — Under the Waves

Mermaids at last! Or should I say — mer-folk? It will do until we find out what they call themselves…

Mermaids at last! Or should I say — mer-folk? It will do until we find out what they call themselves…

I’m really excited about this  page— I’ve been itching to start drawing the mer-folk, but it wasn’t time yet — and now it is! And wouldn’t you know it, it’s a couple of teenage delinquents on remedial duty. Find out more about who they are and why they are following the ship in the next few pages.

Spring Forward—Ack! I Tripped!

Hi folks, there will be a slight delay in this week’s Mermaid Music — I’ll be posting tomorrow (Tuesday) instead of today. All kinds of things have been happening here — new projects, new neighbours, tons of events— and, well, I’ve burned through my buffer again. Never fear, however; we’ll be back on track with a proper Monday post next week.

The most exciting project with relevance to this comic is that I’ve just completed an eight-page story about Root Redwing in her younger days for an anthology by Kraken Komiks, a group of comics creators that I hang out with here in Victoria, BC. Here’s a panel with an actual MERMAID to make up for you having to wait until tomorrow for the next instalment!

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

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

It was drawn in ink, with brush-pen, somewhat larger then I usually work, then coloured digitally in greyscale with Photoshop (which took way longer than watercolour, by the way — but I’ve been doing watercolour for about a million years and digital only a couple). I learned a lot doing it though, as I did a lot of experimenting to get it to look the way I had envisioned it. I’ve worked very little in greyscale, either digitally or traditionally; it’s always been straight black-and-white or full colour for me. This was harder than either!

If you’re interested in what else I’ve been up to the last month or so, head on over to my main blog, Karen Gillmore Art! I’ll post more about the upcoming anthology soon; the theme is cephalopods, and it will be in print around the middle of April! I’m also planning to have a new print issue of Mermaid Music out by Mid-May, so stay tuned.

UPDATE: Well, the new page is posted, and technically, it’s still Monday (it’s 11:35pm). Hope it was worth the wait!