Mark Siegel launches <i>Sailor Twain</i> online

Mark Siegel, editorial director of First Second Books, has launched Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson, a beautiful charcoal-drawn webcomic set among the steamboat lines of late 19th-century New York City.

“It is 1887," Siegel told Publishers Weekly, "and the depths of the Hudson River hold the unfathomable secrets of two men: the owner of a steamboat, who throws a bottled message overboard each morning, and the boat's captain, who saves a wounded mermaid. Into this comes a famous writer whose love for one of them will keep both men from taking their secrets to a watery grave.”

Sailor Twain will update every Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning next week, and eventually be published in a print collection by First Second.

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