Black Is the Color
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Black Is the Color


Black Is the Color begins with a 17th-century sailor abandoned at sea by his shipmates, and as it progresses he endures, and eventually succumbs to, both his lingering death sentence and the advances of a cruel and amorous mermaid. The narrative also explores the experiences of the loved ones he leaves behind, on his ship and at home on land, as well as of the mermaids who jadedly witness his destruction. At the heart of the story lie the dubious value of maintaining dignity to the detriment of intimacy, and the erotic potential of the worst-case scenario. Julie Gfrörer’s delicate drawing style perfectly complements the period era of Black Is the Color, bringing the lyricism and romanticism of Gfrörer’s prose to the fore. Black Is the Color is a book as seductive as the sirens it depicts.

Title:Black Is the Color
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:72 pages

    Black Is the Color Reviews

  • Karl
    Jun 21, 2017

    This story takes place in the seventeenth century, things have gone all wrong on this sea voyage. There has been naught but trouble, with scant provisions left on board. Two of the newest crew members...

  • Sam Quixote
    Oct 01, 2014

    A sailor is abandoned at sea, left to die. A mermaid appears and the two share an intense, doomed romance as the sailor’s life dwindles away.The sailor/mermaid story has been told and retold for cen...

  • Damian Murphy
    Dec 08, 2013

    This is perhaps the best little comic I have read in years. There is a quality which was known to Longinus as sublimity, Arthur Machen called it ecstasy, I know it as mystery. This book is suffused wi...

  • Derek Parker
    Jan 24, 2014

    An interesting short work, first appearing as a webcomic on Study Group Comics. The art has a straightforward yet slightly rough look, giving the comic the feel of a folk tale or old yarn. The artist'...

  • Stephanie
    Nov 04, 2014

    Creepy story of a sailor who is thrown off his ship after rations become too low. Really weird.......

  • David Schaafsma
    Oct 01, 2014

    Gfrorer says her name rhymes with "despair" and her "heart is black as a jet". She also says her book "is dedicated to Dylan, to Matthew, and to everyone who left me for dead." I guess that's where th...

  • Ariel
    Oct 27, 2014

    I was very excited for this to come out. The artwork is really lovely, but I wasn't particularly impressed by the execution of the 'story," which is about a doomed love affair between a stranded sailo...

  • Juju
    Apr 18, 2014

    This was cool and weird, though not quite what I was expecting. A dying sailor meets mermaid tale. My favorite bit was the hipster mermaids underwater chatting about their latest music project. No jok...

  • Nomes
    Apr 03, 2014

    Weird... but very, very cool...

  • Matt
    Dec 15, 2016

    The art is well done and the overall story is quite bleak, but at times the mermaids are talking about dance beat albums and performing shows ( the humor felt forced )....