Are you enjoying this ride so far?
You quiet readers out there?
Now would be a nice time to hear from you. Say hello, will ya.
I absolutely love the style of the art in this webcomic. The medium you use is perfect for the setting of the story and it’s extremely beautiful, not to mention rare in most if not all of the comics in this day and age! I love the details that you put into a lot of the panels.
As for the story itself, it’s very very intriguing, and I find myself wishing that it was more than just three days a week that you updated! I really like Twain, both with the visual style of him and his character. I look forward to delving deeper into this wonderful plot of yours!
Hello, I’m one of your quiet readers reporting in as asked. This work is absolutely beautiful. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I check to see the new pages and I am never disappointed. I also love all of the information and websites you share with us. They are so informative!
Hey! I’m a new reader Love your work so far
Every time I see your update in my feed reader, I feel a rising sense of anticipation. I love today’s quiet style.
Thank you for creating and sharing these works of art. They are so full of character and feeling, Your artistic ability astounds me. It is one of my favorite treats each week.
Don’t usually comment on comics, but since you asked me to, I’ll chime in and say that your art is simply striking, and that I’m enjoying the comic very much.
I am loving it so far!
Quiet reader here. I’m really enjoying it so far– the mysterious, mischievous, (mythical?) children in particular. The period photos and references are a lovely touch too.
Quiet reader here to say hey and thank you — beautiful work!
Quiet reader here, too. My wife and I are enjoying this very much, and I have come to like the pacing.
Yet another quiet reader! I love the story so far, and the style is absolutely beautiful. Wonderful comic!
I’m another one (quiet reader). I enjoy reading Sailor Twain very much, it is very different compared to my other web comic subscriptions. The art is superb and the pacing is great – each page leaves me wanting to know what happens next.
When I first saw your work, I thought – Bah! Quiet a cliche start, characters like in the children books – all this cant be serious. But while decending deeper in the storyline I have to say, your comix gives me the Mood and the Feeling. I dont know how to say it more precisely in english. Also what is distinctive is the scenery, the weather, the combination of light and shadow on the landscape that gives certain sensations. Very well drawn indeed. Current page is a perfect example. Obligatory every-day must-read!
Sir, I am in awe.
Love it. I have gone back and reread the whole bit several times.
I wish I could read more now now now, but then I would finish it way to quickly, so this is probably better. The mix of content and anticipation is nearly perfect =)
…The content is fantastic. I can’t wait to purchase the whole book once we get that far
This comic is fantastic, as someone who loves charcoal drawings I’ve been raving about this comic to everyone I know who reads comics and some who are just artists or random people since I wandered upon the adventure, a couple months ago. Thank you!
Wonderful gradations going on in the upper left hand and lower middle panels!
Yes, I am enjoying the ride. Thank you for your beautiful work.
Intriguing & beautifully drawn. In my daily folder. Thank you.
Hello! I hope you’re prepared to be completely stalked! I’m so giddy from the excitement of having been linked to this that now I won’t be able to sleep!
Hey! I heard about Sailor Twain from Kate Beaton’s pirate comic the other day and immediately read through all the available pages. Thank you for such a great story that is beautifully illustrated!
Hey there – I am totally loving your art. I imagine handling the paper and feeling the charcoal on my fingertips. Keep it up, well done
Hi there, another one of your quietly enjoying readers. I can only cuncur with what these many people said before me. Look forward to being linked to from a foreign site, … as soon as I get to it. =)
I’m so pleased to hear from all of you. Don’t stay quiet any longer!
Funny, last night I had a long post about the Danube and the Hudson here, but at the last minute I ditched it and felt like maybe leaving some breathing room was better. Thank you for responding, thank you.
Quiet reader sounding off, quietly…
I like your artwork, it makes me feel happy
And suddenly i feel guilty for not commentin here atleast once!
So here iam! Love ur work and style!
BTW i wud like more story in a single page. Some weeks, its a lil dry!
One of the more quiet readers, poking her head back in. Haven’t commented in quite some time. I’ve been too busy enjoying the comic to comment! Still loving the charcoal. And this comic is just so different from the others that I read. It’s fantastic!
Your work is one of the highlights of my week.
Another quiet reader here, haha. I absolutely love this comic. Thanks for letting us read!
I love it! I can’t wait for each new page. The story is great and the art work is perfect!!
Do you plan on printing this eventually? I’d love to own a copy some day!
Yes, of course. Why do you ask?
Does more than just entertain it kindled my imagination. I find myself looking forward to the publication days all week. You have added a bit of sunshine to my work from home existence. Thanks so much.
I am enchanted, of course…I love the time period, the location, the cast, the mermaid, and all of the unknown stuff I have yet to discover. A delight and an inspiration…
Hi! Quiet, but very much enjoying myself.
Same as anthronerd – I linked to you from Kate Beaton and immediately went back and read the whole archive. I love the feel of Sailor Twain – it’s like, what if Brian Selznick illustrated E.L. Doctorow.
Quiet reader here. I really love this comic. I’m delighted when there’s an update! I love the art style and can’t wait to find out what happens next. x
I love this page! it’s fantastic!
Another quiet passenger reporting in. The trip is quite lovely and the other passengers intriguing.
Oh man, I can hear the rain! Perfect depiction of the atmosphere and ambiance. Man, this is awesome
I’ve commented a few times, but I’m still here and still loving this.
I’ve been following since page 1, you have a fantastic comic here
Quiet reader- I love the background on this page. I can almost feel the rain!
I’ve been reading since the begging, looking forward to the rest of the story. Glad to see the Mermaid has made her first appearance.
although I haven’t commented yet, I’ve been reading since kate beaton first linked to your page when you originally began posting and have been hooked ever since. love the story, the characters, the slow buildup, the art.
today’s strip, though somewhat frustrating– what is her voice like?!– is so LOVELY. especially the two panels showing the rain hitting the surface of the water. I’ve also been admiring the eerie sheen on the mermaid’s skin ever since she made her first appearance. thanks for sharing this with us!!
Nooo it’s a filler page. I was so anxious to see more. x3
I can’t wait for the story to continue. <3 Keep it up!
Another Quiet Reader I guess, but more than happy to speak out. Great art. Great story so far. Was dissapointed at first, after catching up in one very long, quiet session and finding myself waiting, but now find I enjoy the anticipation a great deal. I now appreciate what some other ship-types once said, “Getting there is half the fun”.
Um, hello. As requested.
I am loving this.
When I read my favorite books or comics, I think to myself, “THIS is how people should always do it.” I’ve had that feeling more than once as I’ve read Sailor Twain.
*waves* Hullo! Quiet reader who very much enjoys the slow ride. It’s definitely helped by the fact that your blog posts underneath are always so interesting, and your art is so lovely. Everything feels soft (that’d be the charcoal, I think) and lazy and laid-back, and I can’t really bring myself to want to rush it, if that makes any sense.
The anticipation is half of what makes this so fun. ^^
Thank you for putting Sailor Twain out on the intertubes for us to read. It must take a lot of effort to get it out 3 times a week. I’m enjoying both your writing and drawing style, but I have a weak spot for black and white. Thank you and you’re doing a good job.
hola from a quiet reader and lover of history. thank you. this page brightens my days. your drawings are lovely.
A very nice page today – there got to be rain some days – so I even forgive you the extended cliffhanger.
Breaking the silence.
I enjoy the comic very much. The art style is good, and the story is enticing.
Please keep it up!
Just wanted to say that this is probably one of the most beautifully drawn webcomics I have seen – your sense of atmospherics is astounding. It’s also so unusual to see a comic done in charcoals. And anything with mermaids in it generally has my vote. Keep up the gorgeous work!
You’ve got me along for the ride, Mark! I’m enjoying the art and the story and the page-a-day revelation of the mystery.
‘mazing stuff. keep it up. dedicated follower.
I’ve commented once before but will do so again, Mark. I’ve been enjoying this story a lot. The relaxed pace fits the story perfectly and some of the images you’ve created so far are quite haunting. I’m really looking forward to seeing how everything unfolds because at this point, I have no idea where you’ll be taking us next.
I love the story …thxs
Quiet reader here, making the decision to speak up from now on.
The story, and art, and, and…. everything has been wonderful so far, Mark! Sailor Twain is easily one of my favorite web comics to date!
Yes. Yes I am. It’s absolutely beautiful and captivating. I’m not usually one for such continuous storylines (I get bored easily and tend to stick with the short-story feel in comics like Cat Rackham or something). Thanks for calling me out from the quiet recesses of the internets.
Great page. Just amazing.
Hi! Yet another semi-lurker here. Oh my goodness you did such an awesome job of catching the dreary mood of the hudson on a rainy day. The tone of the fog on the highlands is just perfect. Thanks for making such an original and out of the box comic!!!
I am loving this new development. Each page is gorgeous.
Sorry if I am quiet!
Aww… okay, I am seriously a quiet reader. I will slink out of the shadows though, since you requested I do so…
I faithfully lurk but not so faithfully comment. Which makes me sad, but I’m never sure if what I have to say matters.
I love your style. It’s unlike anything else I’ve seen and… I read a LOT of comics.
I really enjoyed when you showed us the fix-up process for the panel you decided to alter for consistency. It was so neat seeing how you work.
The story is intriguing and I can’t anticipate what’s next – it keeps me on my toes! Beautiful work.
I have no idea how you control the charcoal so well. Sheesh.
I’m one of the 300+ Google Reader users who subscribe to Sailor Twain. S.T is a unique experience that I am enjoying very much. Kudos and thanks!
Hello. Love your work, and this journey you are creating for us. I always anxiously await the next installment. Thank you!
Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with comments lately. I’m still loving the comic, even more so now considering the mystery surrounding the mermaid!
Keep it up the good work!
All the Best,
I’m one of those quiet readers, but I am an avid one! I absolutely adore Sailor Twain. As an artist myself, I really appreciate the amount of time and effort it takes to make each page as rich and delicate as they are. I adore your art, and I am enchanted by this story. I honestly can’t wait to see what happens next! Thank you so much for this comic!
Shhhhh we’re reading (quietly) Hee hee
Gotta say, it’s really refreshing to see a traditional medium like this being used for a webcomic, and with so much obvious effort and care put in… Keep up the excellent work, sir, I salute you.
My apologies for not reading loud enough for you to hear me. I was overcome by how awesome this comic is. The greyscale art is amazing and the story flows really well. You got something good going here, and I expect it will only get better!
Hey Mark, wanted to let you know that I am still thoroughly enjoying your comic! This quiet transition here is lovely. It is moments like these that really make this narrative grab at me. Looking forward to what is to come!
this comic is gorgeous! I love your facial expressions to the max.
Here is my first comment. Hello! You’ve got me playing with charcoal again, I’ll have you know!
Love the artwork, love the story!
By way of breaking the silence, let me just say how much I’m enjoying Sailor Twain so far. The direction and pacing are superb, and your attention to detail is tremendous (wasted on a simpleton like me, but appreciated none the less!)
I’ve been silently enjoying. Even when I’m anxious for the story to move forward (which I am!), I always love the beautiful artwork. Having this in my RSS feed has had a rather meditative effect. Thank you for creating it!
Thanks so much for peeking your heads out. Great to meet so many of you guys, and thanks so much for all the support and kind words. Dear quiet readers, don’t be quiet anymore! And thank you for staying with the story through the slow build.
Vishnu: another chapter or so and the density of the pages will go up. Slowly, we’ll get to speed. I’m fond of things that don’t appear to have much but turn out to be packed full of unexpected gifts. Things, and people who are like that too, I like.
Hey, I’m a reader who lives in Rome, Italy, I love your work.
Another Quiet Reader reporting in, as requested.
This comic is just beautiful. The black and white transcends, and there are some panels that make me hear the quiet shush of water, the faraway, horse blare of the foghorns, and the overwhelming stillness. Twain is cypher and human – I’m more curious about him than I am about the mermaid – the writing can crack wise with Mark Twain allusions and yet deal more delicately. It’s just wonderful – the highlight of my MWF. I’m sorry I don’t comment more, and this quite clumsy, but thanks so much for this gem!
Oh god, you drew rain. I love rain so much. Thank you
The wordless mystery of rain falling on water… pensive. I get chills just looking at your gray clouds. You could say I’m drawn in.
Is that lady wearing a raincoat? It would be a pity to soak what I can only imagine is an ornate Victorian gown.
a quiet reader:
Well done, chap! I love it! I love your drawing style, not just the charcoal but the way your characters look. Very expressive and refreshing.
Hi! As one who is incorrigibly obsessed with mermaids I am thrilled that you are creating a comic with a mermaid! I’ve suffered through some pretty trashy mermaid novels/movies but Sailor Twain has so far been really compelling and lovely. Can’t wait to find out what happens!
Is that Hortensia watching? ( A not so quiet one) what a lot of noise from the quiet ones. Hoorah! x
another quiet reader. I don’t know if I need to read from the start, but I’m pretty compelled by what’s happening right now. D:
Ask and your silences shall be broken. :3
Another fairly quiet one here – I’ve commented once or twice, but never had very much to say for myself I admit. I’m still really enjoying the ride, though – this is one of my favorite webcomics, and I’m really interested to see where this is going and how it’s all going to play out. Thank you!
Just recently found your web comic and spent a nice hour reading the already published pages. I like the style, looks like charcoal on paper. As a sailor, I enjoy the water theme. Your page is now bookedmarked on my Mon/Wed/Friday check on list. Thanks for publishing!
A quiet page for the quiet readers. You know, just because I don’t comment doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It doesn’t mean I don’t find the style and execution of the art both compelling and calming. And it doesn’t mean that I don’t sometimes reread previous pages all in a row to get the feeling of the flow of the story while still enjoying the slow reveal.
I’m quiet and absolutely love this. It’s beautiful and intriguing and fantastic. I admittedly check pretty much every day for updates despite knowing the update days. I can’t seem to help it.
Quiet reader, sounding off. Utterly loving this, thusfar. The light, the shade, the story, the humour, the knowledge imparted. All goodness, keep it up!
p.s. Kate Beaton’s blog sent me.
I, too, heard about you from Kate Beaton’s site, but I’ve stuck around because I’m a Vassar film student intrigued by Hudson Valley history. (and I love charcoal…and mermaids) Can’t wait for your Poughkeepsie-informed pages!! I’d love to meet you, or have you up to Vassar to speak with students sometime. (actually, a student organization puts on a convention yearly — this year Danielle Corsetto and Lucy Knisley were up, among others — so maybe a visit could actually be a possibility!)
Is it presumptuous of me to have a wishlist? Someday….I only hope you’re going to take us beneath the surface of the Hudson…I would love to see underwater drawings. I can only imagine what’s sunk down there.
Also — I wish there were some way you could sneak in Bannerman’s Castle, on Pollepel Island — I think maybe construction was started just a few years after Sailor Twain is set? which is a shame. It’s one of my favorite parts of the Hudson River. It’d be fun to draw.
Anyway, long note, sorry! Keep up the beautiful work!
Yet another quiet reader. The shading (in this page in particular, but in the comic in general) is beautiful. Kind of reminds me of the look of old daguerrotypes – appropriate for this setting, I guess. The story is coming along nicely, and I’m becoming attached to the characters. I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes!
I really don’t want to read this comic, because I’m afraid something horrible is going to happen to Twain. But I just have to keep coming back, holding my breath and being comforted by how beautiful it all is.
love the comic, I’ve been suggesting it to the adults in my life because ST is accessible outside of the narrow band of young and nerdy webcomic readers that make up most of the general webcomic audience.
I look forwards to your eventual publishing of the whole book in print.
Hey, another quiet reader here. Heard from Kate Beaton too. Love peeking in once in a while to follow your story. Love the measured pace, the dramatic, striking and pensive style. It’s wonderful
I am no obligated to comment since you called me out so! I love stories about mermaids and this one is special to me. I know where a lot of these places are, I live right near them. I’m really enjoying the way this story is unfolding. Please keep up the good work.
Great stuff! Anyone who has lived in upstate NY (beyond the Tappan Zee) can relate to this panel. The dreary isolation and feeling of foreboding even when nothing seems to be happening, reminds me of my college days.
I’ve been a quiet reader so far but I had to answer your call: I’m a 22 years old student from Italy and I love your work!
Could you imagine your Hudson so famous around the world? Thanks Internet!
Howdy From Scotland! Beautiful and inspiring. Keep it up matey
I’m a quiet reader, another Kate Beaton referral. I love this comic! It is so beautiful and well-thought out. I love reading your historical notes as well. Your comic is so misty and soft; I’m from New Jersey and I’ve never really thought of the Hudson River as anything special, but it’s magical from this boat. Thank you so much!
I was also sent here from Hark! A Vagrant, and I was so quickly enchanted by the beauty of your art and the gently melancholy (tenderly ominous?) tone established by your pacing and dialogue that I binged the archive, added it to my favorites and never left.
I’m particularly amazed by the depth of thought and research that goes into this comic, and the way you show your work in the notes to each page. Fantastic stuff.
…and who could this be, waiting on the docks? Mrs. Twain, is that you watching your husband steam by, all unawares?
I was expecting to “turn the page” and find out “what her voice was like…” But instead, you give us a quiet, evocative interlude. Which I rather like! And it’s a nice way to calm a page-turning urge.
Enraptured by the story and the artwork.
Hello! Just stumbled in.
Looking back on the previous chapters, this page is still my favourite. But this story is far from over, so time will tell…
What an absolutely lovely page. (065)
Another quiet reader; thoroughly enjoying the artwork, story, blog posts, comments and links. I save catching up on you page as a guilty pleasure during breaks at work, along with Kate Beaton’s “Hark, a vagrant!” which linked me here. I’ll catch up on both some day.
It’s an amazing story. There a lot of illustrated stories about the rivers, lots of songs about the rivers; boats used to be the way stuff moved – before the trains took over after the Civil War. but this story is more charming, more captivating than any others I’ve seen, (about the rivers). I love the historical touches.
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