Synopses & Reviews
begins with a 17th-century sailor abandoned at sea by his shipmates, and as it progresses he endures, and eventually succumbs to, both his lingering death sentence and the advances of a cruel and amorous mermaid. The narrative also explores the experiences of the loved ones he leaves behind, on his ship and at home on land, as well as of the mermaids who jadedly witness his destruction. At the heart of the story lie the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst-case scenario. Julia Gfrörer's delicate drawing style perfectly complements the period era of , bringing the lyricism and romanticism of Gfrörer's prose to the fore. is a book as seductive as the sirens it depicts.
"Beautiful. Gfrörer has a light touch in finding the yearning and humor amongst life's hard luck and even harder truths. A genuinely romantic and sensitive book." Sammy Harkham
"Julia Gfrörer is amongst the most promising artist/authors of her generation. Her work is spare and elegant, yet the hand of the artist is always evident in her line. Her characters inhabit cold or desolate environments, often on the brink of inanition or beyond, yet still yearning to love and be loved. Do not be misled by this artist's sylphlike appearance and those great carrot-colored ramparts at her ear. Gfrörer is a powerhouse. Learn to spell her name." Phoebe Gloeckner
"[Gfrörer's] comic is aptly named and it is beautiful. Beautiful in a way an H bomb is beautiful -- devastating -- but also glorious and full of light.... illustrates the horror and banality of our existence -- and the beauty of our death..." Amie Maxwell
In this graphic novella, a wicked mermaid lures a sailor to his doom.
About the Author
JULIA GFRÖRER lives in Portland, OR. Her name is pronounced something like "gff RUE er" to an actual German speaker, but generations of American accents have evolved closer to "gff RARE" or "grr FAIR." She won't be upset if you get it wrong.