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Hi Fellow Twainers!


I’d love it if you join in the Sailor Twain discussions on Book Browse—it’s pretty interesting already. From what I’m told, these are a lot of book group readers, women mainly, many of whom never read graphic novels.


Hope you’ll chime in!



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Published on April 26, 2014 14:54 • 33 views

June 7, 2013

Welcome to SailorTwain.com!


From 2010 to 2012 Sailor Twain serialized here and gathered a mighty community of Fellow Twainers. The first five chapters are still available here for your pleasure—and by popular request, the blog entries and discussions “below deck” have been resurrected for those who would like to join life aboard the doomed steamboat Lorelei. 


You can add to the conversation and meet some of the curious characters still haunting the ship. Love to hear from you.


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Published on June 07, 2013 08:01 • 20 views

Sailor Twain was nominated for an Eisner Award!  What an honor, and many thanks to this year’s fine selection committee. Sailor Twain was nominated in the “Best Graphic Album (Reprint)” category (I guess they counted the online serial as its first print?)


If you are any kind of pro in the comics biz—a creator, a retailer, librarian, author, or a publisher—you can vote in the Eisners, and I’d be ever grateful for your vote. (If you don’t have an opinion in any of the many categories, you can skip it.)


If you’ve never voted in the Eisners before, you need to register for an account. They’ll ask for your professional credits, to establish your bona fides. If you have voted before, you probably have a login. The voting site has had glitches… If it’s not available, try again later!


Your vote must be in no later than Wednesday  June 12, so don’t delay! 


Thank you once again for your support!



And two fellow nominees I heartily support myself: the authoritative comics masterclass Mastering Comics by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden, and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by the astonishing Hope Larson—hope you’ll vote for them too!


 



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Published on June 07, 2013 08:01 • 88 views

December 3, 2012

PopcornReads is giving away one copy of Sailor Twain! Plus: a nice review here!

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Published on December 03, 2012 17:32 • 60 views • Tags: sailor-twain

October 11, 2012

“SAILOR TWAIN’S NEW YORK” a NYPL exhibit!

Dear Fellow Twainers,


Sailor Twain is now outAnd it’s A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. Thank you, Fellow Twainers, for all your support, and for making this happen.


Now for some more news:


Red carpet! Sailor Twain Wines! Exhibit opening with special presentation at the New York Public Library’s main branch! It’s on October 25th, and I hope many of you can make it. It’s totally free and a memorable evening is guaranteed for all! Period costumes welcome!


And speaking of costumes—there will be many! See below, the invitation that went out to millions of Steampunks, courtesy of the indefatigable Evelyn Kriete, of Jaborwhalky fame:



In the meantime check out the tour schedule for October and November—it’s under way as I write this, and it’s been such a treat meeting real life Twainers in all kinds of places!


Also, if you don’t have your own copy of the book, you can order it now by clicking here.



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Published on October 11, 2012 05:12 • 57 views

Dear Fellow Twainers,


Red carpet! Sailor Twain Wines! Exhibit opening with special presentation at the New York Public Library’s main branch! It’s on October 25th, and I hope many of you can make it. It’s totally free and a memorable evening is guaranteed for all! Period costumes welcome!


And speaking of costumes—there will be many! See below, the invitation that went out to millions of Steampunks, courtesy of the indefatigable Evelyn Kriete, of Jaborwhalky fame:



In the meantime check out the tour schedule for October and November—it’s under way as I write this, and it’s been such a treat meeting real life Twainers in all kinds of places!


Also, if you don’t have your own copy of the book, you can order it now by clicking here.



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Published on October 11, 2012 05:12 • 189 views

June 5, 2012

Sailor Twain is out!!

Sailor Twain is now out!


As you may have noticed, all but the first five chapters have vanished in the Hudson mist… A huge, delighted THANK YOU to everyone who has joined in the online adventure—hope you enjoy the book and I look forward to meeting Fellow Twainers in coming events…


Hope you enjoy the book!


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*PREVIOUSLY ON THIS BLOG*


GOING BACK UNDER WATER FOR A WHILE…



Sailor Twain author video from Mark Siegel on Vimeo.


Dear Fellow Twainers!


Please make sure and sign up for Sailor Twain updates! I had plans for weekly posts for a little while longer, but as some of you have wisely advised, I had best submerge again back into the depths of the Hudson (where some of you are longstanding denizens, anyway.) Right now, Sailor Twain’s launch as a book is demanding quite a lot from me, and more importantly a tide of new projects inexorably rolls in–projects which I’ll be most eager to share with you.


At the end of the summer, most likely in September, things will reawaken here, with some fresh offerings before the book comes out. One of these will be a little extra Twain story, a few pages long. I have something cooking but it’s still very rough. In the meantime allow me to ask you something: if you had your druthers, what would a bonus Sailor Twain tale contain? Who would it focus on? Any thoughts? Leave a comment…


Also, I know many of you are talented artists and storytellers, and I’d love it if you shared some of your current projects below–books coming out, webcomics, artist sites? Leave a link so other Twainers can discover your labor of love if you’re willing.


It has been a great treat and an honor and a totally enriching experience sharing this time with you all. You’ve made the last couple years a delight, a fascinating and unpredictable journey.


Again, be sure to leave your email in the “sign up for updates” page! Any news will come that way and on the Sailor Twain Facebook page. Plus of course, the odd surprises on the Facebook “Lorelei Historical Society,” which you can join if you haven’t already.


With many, many thanks, and warmest wishes, until next!


[Bloop]


Respectfully yours,


Mark


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Published on June 05, 2012 21:01 • 47 views

Going back under water for a little while…

Dear Fellow Twainers!


Please make sure and sign up for Sailor Twain updates! I had plans for weekly posts for a little while longer, but as some of you have wisely advised, I had best submerge again back into the depths of the Hudson (where some of you are longstanding denizens, anyway.) Right now, Sailor Twain’s launch as a book is demanding quite a lot from me, and more importantly a tide of new projects inexorably rolls in–projects which I’ll be most eager to share with you.


At the end of the summer, most likely in September, things will reawaken here, with some fresh offerings before the book comes out. One of these will be a little extra Twain story, a few pages long. I have something cooking but it’s still very rough. In the meantime allow me to ask you something: if you had your druthers, what would a bonus Sailor Twain tale contain? Who would it focus on? Any thoughts? Leave a comment…


Also, I know many of you are talented artists and storytellers, and I’d love it if you shared some of your current projects below–books coming out, webcomics, artist sites? Leave a link so other Twainers can discover your labor of love if you’re willing.


It has been a great treat and an honor and a totally enriching experience sharing this time with you all. You’ve made the last couple years a delight, a fascinating and unpredictable journey.


Again, be sure to leave your email in the “sign up for updates” page! Any news will come that way and on the Sailor Twain Facebook page. Plus of course, the odd surprises on the Facebook “Lorelei Historical Society,” which you can join if you haven’t already.


With many, many thanks, and warmest wishes, until next!


[Bloop]


Respectfully yours,


Mark


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Published on June 05, 2012 21:01 • 57 views

May 29, 2012

Hello!


I’m trying to get my act together for these little Wednesday updates. I do have goodies to share—but haven’t entirely figured out how to work this blog without sticking a comics page up with it…


For this week: an intriguing old topographical map above—in the print edition, you’ll find it across from the chapter opening page for “Three Prisoners”, one of many magical things that came together in the printed layout… I’m sure some of you who don’t miss a thing will spot some of the unlikely connections this map detail holds with Sailor Twain…


I’ve loved receiving readers’ artwork with Sailor Twain, and have shared some of these with you before. I confess there has to be one favorite! It just arrived this morning . . . from my 5 year old daughter Clio:




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Published on May 29, 2012 21:01 • 46 views