Soooo we had to draw a silent comic about a "discovery". What about the fact that mermaids ain't shell-wearing models of the sea and actually prefer drowning their victims to swooning over their snarfblats? C: I adore the Little Mermaid, tis only a quip.
I wanted to draw the mermaids of Coffin Pirate Grima, but I wound up not doing that in order to save for another day. So alohaaaaaa, brozies, and enjoy my... this thing. c:
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PS: Decembersville work is on the way, so stay tuned. I am sorry for not presenting much.
Merfolk, also called morgans (Morgan, Lady of the Lake, starts to sound a bit weird... xD), can form their tails into feet in a number of stories - some don't even have tails in the first place, they just wear long caps (on their heads) that enable them to breathe underwater. Not all of them drown people, or at least not intentionally. Some just don't understand why humans can't breathe water. Some even 'quit their element' and take up residence on land for a while, often for a human lover. Since it's the act of marrying that makes them stay, any gender will do this. They often do go back to the sea, eventually, for a 'short trip' which can last a few years or decades. The merfolk that sing others overboard are actually from the Mediterranean Sea area, originally (but may have come north with the Romans), though the Irish morgans are known to love music so much they beg good musicians to come with them into the sea. Unlike some fey, they can lie, so if they don't specifically give their word and make it a promise, some humans fall for the tricks of the not as nice morgans and end up drowned. There was a myth of one trapping souls, not aware that the humans that died at sea (of other causes) intended to leave. They are also known to be deadly when offended.
Kelpies are generally bad. The book that had stories on them didn't say where, of Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall and Wales, the tales collected there of the kelpies originated, but there were less of those than of the merfolk. Kelpies can change into many shapes - dogs, horses, and humans being their favourites. They always look sopping wet, and often have seaweed on them somewhere, or smell like it. They look half-mad, or their eyes do, but they often have long hair to cover their eyes. If you run into one, it's best to carefully walk away before it sees you, and never climb on its back. If you do, it doesn't matter what shape it's using, the kelpie will not let you get off, and drag you underwater. One myth told of a person who bested a kelpie by promising liquor if he could just get down a minute, and got away when the kelpie was drunk. Most of the tales end in dead humans, though.
Incidentally, the Japanese merfolk, known as ningyo （人魚, written with 'person' and 'fish'), in the old myths are said to be rather ugly, like a kind of chubby but disproportioned person merged with a whale. They were also, with a few exceptions, about as dumb as fish, with rather tasty meat, which led to the extinction of most, if not all, of them. :/ (Perhaps the smart ones escaped.)
Just a little tidbit- what many people thought were mermaids were actually dewgongs. The cows of the sea.
I'd prefer a seacow any day.
This is realy cool though ^^
I DON'T HAVE PROBLEMS I SWEAR.
No but forreal man, this is fantastic i love how there aren't clear-cut panels, and how everything is sort of fluid... Like a mermaid swimming!!
But yeah, my character Lizzy is a merperson (though he prefers the term "fishman") and he freaking EATS PEOPLE. Mermaids are freaking terrifying.
Gah. Not only do all the bits and pieces look awesome, but you also manage to make it look beautifultastic as a comic!! And it flows so well!!
*sigh* I will never get over your amazingtasticity.
And good luck with balancing timey things! Er, projecty things! Er... Let's just say things, shall we? :3'