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New York, 1887. Join thousands of readers on the steamboat Lorelei for mystery, intrigue and romance on the Hudson in the Gilded Age.

NEW YORK, 1887. Put on your Sunday best and board the steamboat Lorelei for mystery, intrigue and romance on the Hudson River in the Gilded Age. 

One night the Lorelei's captain finds a wounded mermaid hanging from the side of his ship... 

A reclusive bestselling author, a French shipowner, and the crew and passengers all come into it, as we ply the Hudson from Manhattan to Albany and back. Eventually three love stories intertwine into this densely plotted mystery.

Sailor Twain is an adult graphic novel thousands of readers keep coming back to, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at www.sailortwain.com.

I've been working on Sailor Twain for about seven years, and 200 of the 350 some pages of the story are done. I work on the final pages in charcoal in my studio, early every morning.

Though Sailor Twain will come out as a printed book in 2012, the work is serializing as a webcomic—free and ad-free.The accompanying blog is filled with historical bits, process snapshots, and the dialog with readers has been extraordinary. A number of them even send their photos and appear as cameos in the story.

Giving it away online is still an experiment from a publishing standpoint. The measure of its success will be in the number of readers it gathers along the way, and sales for the book.

There's more on Sailor Twain at the ABOUT page, plus links to articles and interviews.

So the plan for me is simply to keep telling this story. This Kickstarter supports the serial with a campaign to grow its online audience. Any money raised here goes only to ads for driving traffic to the free serial. Ads will most likely focus online, and include comics sites, of course, to keep it visible there and give back to the comics community in the process.

Sailor Twain speaks to many readers who don't usually read comics, let alone webcomics. With your help more of them will find their way aboard the Lorelei. 

Thank you.

And . . . see you onboard!

www.sailortwain.com

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    A 5x7" print of Twain and the sleeping mermaid, signed by the author.

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    3 limited-edition Lorelei letterhead cards, with Twain artwork on reverse, and matching envelopes. Their design is based on genuine 1880s steamboat stationery.

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    3 Lorelei letterhead cards; and a signed limited edition Sailor Twain print (8 x 10").

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    3 Lorelei letterhead cards. A signed limited-edtion print. And a signed first edition copy of the book when it comes out (2012, from First Second Books.)

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    3 Lorelei letterhead cards. A signed limited-edtion print. A signed first edition copy of the book. And hand-crafted Sailor Twain jewelry creation: "The River Opener" pendant, by Allison Hourcade of RockLove.com.

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    3 Lorelei letterhead cards. A signed limited-edtion print. A signed first edition copy of the book. And an original piece of Sailor Twain artwork, signed and matted.

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