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*Sailor Twain is a New York Times Bestseller*

*Sailor Twain is a Graphic Novel Reporter Best Book of Fall 2012*

*Sailor Twain is a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Graphic Novels of Fall 2012*

* 10 Great Graphic Novels of 2012 *

*Washington Post Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2012 *

*New York Times HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2012*

*TIME* Seven Best Graphic Novels



*BOOKLIST STARRED REVIEW* “Absolutely not to be missed.”


USA TODAY: Jane Austen. Herman Melville. Joseph Conrad. Those were the inspirations for Mark Siegel’s two-year serialization of his period graphic novel Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson, and his book — now in stores — pushes Siegel ever closer to being added to that list of classic authors.(…) Siegel’s Sailor Twain sings a classic siren’s call.”

BoingBoing Review: “This is a stupendous work, a beautiful and sad and lovely thing.”

The great Glen Weldon on NPR: “The Refreshingly Murky, Mysterious, Mist-Shrouded ‘Sailor Twain’”

The Miami Herald: “… a lyrical and fascinating fable, full of love, magic and grief.” Review: “Sailor Twain got to me.”

Barnes & Noble Review: “Siegel’s expert prose is matched by his superb artwork. His uncolored pencils and charcoals include a vast variety of line weights and shadings that beautifully convey everything from rain and smoke to wood and stone, fish scales and female skin.”

Comics Alliance: “I suppose ultimately it will be up to future critics, literary scholars and canon-keepers to decide if graphic novels are up for consideration when it comes to the title of The Great American Novel. For now, I feel it’s safe to, at the very least, declare Siegel’s graphic novel both American and Great with a capital ‘G.’”

Graphic Novel Reporter: Sailor Twain is not a mermaid story for children, but it is one for the ages.”

Comics Observer: An absolutely charming tale (…) Illicit affairs, intrigue, mysterious figures, feverish lust, and restless drowned souls are interwoven in this lurid tale with more twists and turns than a school of guppies running from trout.

Guys Lit Wire Review: “I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

iO9 review: “A tale of lust, desire, and lost hearts, wrapped in a shivery otherwordliness.”

Criminal Element review: “Marvelous.”

Romantic Times Review: “An astounding story entwining three lives on a magical journey.”

The Onion review: “a bold and beautiful book”

Comics Bulletin Review: “Impressive.”

The Guardian UK Blog Review: “A mysterious and beguiling love story.”

IcV2 Review: “An innovative supernatural and romantic tale.”

Comic Book Resources Robot 6 Review: “Enchanting.”

Comics Waiting Room Review: “Astonishing.”



In the captain’s neck of the woods: THE RIVERTOWNS ENTERPRISE“Siegel spins history and myth into best-selling tale”

photo: Tim Lamorte/Rivertowns Enterprise

Listen to the WNPR interview: “Mark Siegel on the magical, sexy world of Sailor Twain

A short visual essay on The Wall Street Journal‘s “How to turn your morning commute into inspiration”

L.A. Times Hero Complex interview: Sailor Twain Mermaid Tale Explores Murky Depths of the Heart”

Short essay for The Huffington Post on “The New Serial Revolution”

“Book Brahmin” for Shelf Awareness

Short essay for “A Gallery of Favorite Mermaids”

Five day blog diary for The Comics Journal

Boing! Podcast interview with Mark Siegel

Kotaku Interview: “Sexy, smart, and unexpectedly funny.”

MTV Geek Interview “Beautiful.”

Other blog Reviews:

  • Doctor Fantastique’s Review, 10/22 [read it]
    • “Impressive.”
  • Writing YA Review, 10/17 [read it]The John Seven Collection Review, 9/19 [read it]
    • “Enigmatic.”
  • The Old Salt Blog Mention, 9/17 [read it]
  • Reading Rants Review, 9/17 [read it]
    • “This marvelous blend of mythology, morality, love, and obsession kept me up all night.”
  • Mediocrity is the New Genius Review, 8/14 [read it]
    • “Epic.”
  • Musings of a Librarian Review, 8/11 [read it]
    • “Captivating.”
  • Alex in Leeds Review, 7/1 [read it]
    • “Beautiful.”