Aquatic Interlude #1

A 12 panel comic by Edith Zimmerman named "Aquatic Interlude #1"

Image 1: A drawing of a mermaid with blonde hair and a blue and purple tail.
Narration text: “Once there was a mermaid”

Image 2: A blonde-haired mermaid with a purple and blue tail sits at a scallop shell computer. 
Narration text: “She was also a blogger”
Speech text: “Check out my computer”

Image 3: A small pink fish swims near the scallop shell computer. 
Narration text: “Her computer was made out of a scallop shell”

Image 4: Closeup of the scallop computer. 
Narration text: “And the keys were made of barnacles”

Image 5: The blonde mermaid with a blue and purple tail turns to glare at the viewer while typing on her scallop shell computer. 
Narration text: “She lived in a cave near New York City”
Speech text: “Do NOT tell them where my cave is”

Image 6: A blonde mermaid at a scallop shell computer. 
Narration text: “She was single and had no children”
Speech text: “I’m not even sure I believe in love”

Image 7: A blonde mermaid at a scallop shell computer. 
Narration text: “Many of her friends and acquaintances were married and had children” 
Thought bubble text: “doesn’t mean they’re happy”

Image 8: A hand holding a kelp smart watch showing a social media page on its screen. 
Narration text: “She kept up with them on Oceanstagram”
Describer text with arrow pointing to smart watch: “piece of kelp (wearable tech)”

Image 9: A blonde mermaid showing a plastic bag into her face. 
Narration text: “She loved to eat plastic bags”
Thought bubble text: “I know I’m not supposed to, but they’re so good”

Image 10: a small pink fish swims near the blod mermaid at her scallop shell computer. 
Narration text: “She was actually a health blogger”

Image 11: A blonde mermaid seated at her scallop shell computer, blogging. 
Blog text: “I start my morning with a sand-dollar smoothie and three hours of a cargo-ship sound bath”

Image 12: A blonde mermaid seated at her scallop shell computer, blogging. 
Blog text: “One thing I would never do is eat plastic bags, though, because I respect myself”
Aquatic Interlude #1 by Edith Zimmerman

© Copyright 2020 Edith Zimmerman


Edith Zimmerman is a writer and illustrator. In 2010 she started The Hairpin, and she has written for The Cut, the New York Times MagazineNew York MagazineGQ, and The Awl. She founded the nonfiction comics section Spiralbound and illustrates the recovery newsletter The Small Bow. In 2019 she quit her day job to start a a Substack newsletter called Drawing Links (https://drawinglinks.substack.com/about), where her mermaid comics are a recurring series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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