Black is the Color // Fantagraphics Books // $14.99 // 72 pages
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A fantastic pen and ink meditation on mortality, 18th century sailor style, but this time from the perspective of the mermaids! This work puts us in the mind of a cross breed of the work of Tony Millionaire and Dame Darcy with Sammy Harkham as spiritual guide. Pheobe Gloeckner sez: “(Julia Gfrörer’s) 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.” Here in this 72 page French-flapped graphic novella, we have her most substantial published work yet.