I’ve discovered the work of Niv Sekar thanks to her fantastic comic Your Mother’s Fox published by Shortbox. She’s got a wonderful way to do shading using pencils. It’s used perfectly in Mermaid, a short comic about a young woman who move to a new apartment building with a fountain and a statue of a mermaid. It’s about isolation, and the desire to connect with someone. It catches the pulse of something that’s very tangible, that feeling of the unknown after having moved, when you still don’t know your neighborhood or neighbors. It’s got a nice little supernatural twist too.
Philippe Leblanc is a Canadian comics journalist. In his regular life, he improves Canadian medical education, and is the co-host of the Ottawa Comic Book Club. He reads alternative, indie and art comics at night and write about them for the Comics Beat.