Chapter Three: Hunter Island

Page 89 — She only ordered them a month ago!

Well, it’s still Monday here, and even though I said Tuesday, I’m going to go ahead and post it. We had a lovely Thanksgiving, and I made pumpkin pies instead of comics.

Chapter Two — Daybreak

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Page 78 — Whelk is on her own now, and possibly a bit relieved!

And that concludes Chapter Two—an eventful day and night on both sides of the waves! Our story will resume in late February with Chapter Three, but I will not leave you bereft of undersea adventures in the meantime—I’m going to be posting, every Monday as usual, a story about Aunt Root that was originally published last spring in the Kraken Komiks anthology, and from which I published a few teasers in the blog section. The six-month publishing exclusive is now over, and I can reveal to you the full story!

The story takes place at an earlier time in Root’s career, when she was a young trader plying the waters of the islands on the edge of the Sun’s-Rest Sea. It is related to our current story down the line a bit, but it would be a spoiler to tell you just how at this point.

For myself, I’ll be using the time to make some changes to the website; there are some background pages I’d like to add, some tweaks to the organization to do, and a few teeny bloopers I’ve noticed in the art that I’d like to fix. I’ll probably post on the blog a bit, too, and let you know how things are going. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy “Root Redwing and the Thieves of Kettle Bay”!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season—stay warm (or cool, if you’re in the southern hemisphere!), hug your loved ones, be they two-legged or four, and remember to be kind to yourself!

Chapter Two — Over the Waves

First Root's disdain for her brother's choice, then Bone's Jo's sneering, and now even Cook? What is wrong with farming?

Page 72 — First Root’s disdain for her brother’s choice, then Bone’s Jo’s sneering, and now even Cook? What is wrong with farming?

Hi everyone, welcome to the new posting schedule! Now you can face Monday morning with a brief break for a breath of bracing salt sea air aboard the Mermaid!

Chapter Two — Over the Waves

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Page 71 — No wonder Bones-Jo is so crabby! Can it be a plot?

I’m celebrating! Last week I finally finished the children’s book project I’ve been working on since late Spring; the projected release date is this coming April, so stay tuned. Although I really enjoyed the work (which involved lots of sea creatures, boats, and big waves!), I’m so happy to be able to concentrate on comics again, and especially Mermaid Music. These pages have been in my head since forever and it’s a sheer pleasure to be getting them out onto paper!

Chapter Two — Over the Waves

Page 34 — more Mysterious Shadowy Figures! Oh, it's only Cook *whew*!

Page 70 — more Mysterious Shadowy Figures! Oh, it’s only Cook *whew*!

While I’m working on comics, I sometimes listen to podcasts (not while I’m doing the lettering!). This week I’ve been listening a lot to a guy named Will Terry, whose you tube channel has a lot of really good information for illustrators and comics artists. If you are one of those, you might want to check him out!

Chapter Two — Over the Waves

Page 69 — Bones-Jo is a touchy sort! Someone should just teach her to say "thank you" to a compliment!

Page 69 — Bones-Jo is a touchy sort! Someone should just teach her to say “thank you” to a compliment!

It’s been a busy week and a half — hanging a show of kitty art, off to Saskatoon Expo and back, and immediately into the home stretch of the children’s book project! I’m really looking forward to a quiet autumn (Happy Autumn, by the way — or Happy Spring if you happen to be on the south half of the planet!) with lots developing in the world of Mermaid Music.