It’s MerMay again, and that means more MerMay recommendations this year! This time it’s nearly all mermaid-themed short comics. Webcomics featured in this roundup are from Tapas, WebToons, and other websites or platforms.* Nearly all featured webcomics are completed works.
For this year’s MerMay roundup, I gathered stories about love that transcends barriers (physical or emotional.) A mermaid guard learning to open up. A mermaid leaving her cold ocean home in hopes of warmth on land. A market seller meeting up with her mermaid lover.
But before I continue with the roundup, I want to say this first: Since my early days at The Geekiary, I committed to highlighting Black creators starting with my creator spotlight column. I make sure that there are webcomics by Black creators in my recommendations and roundups.
This month, I took the time to check out Black artists participating in MerMay. Please check out and support AmandaQ, BrownSugars, Jaisodraws, Stefan Mirvil, KinkyCoilyBruja, Jada Chavis, ViolentlyCurly, and other Black creators. Your support should be a conscious effort. Don’t wait until Black History Month or when police violence or Black genocide makes the headlines.
Mermaid-themed (or includes mermaids) webcomics by Black creators that I’ve reviewed/recommended:
MerMay Recommendations for May 2022:
Two girls – a mermaid and a human – find a way to be together. A comic that packs in enough emotion without using dialogue.
A market seller meets up with her mermaid lover. Both the art style and storytelling leave a warm impression.
Teresa discovers a tiny mermaid at the beach and takes her home. Under Teresa’s care, the mermaid (named Sirenita) thrives and grows big enough to return to the beach. An endearing and vibrant story. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Fran’s other webcomic, Magical Boy Troubles.
A quiet but powerful love story between a mermaid and a surfer. Part of the Lilies Anthology.
A mermaid and a diver fall in love and find a way to be together. This is a cleverly constructed story that you have to read. Also, check out Hamini’s graphic novel, Himawari House!
A story about a mermaid princess and her bodyguard. The princess wants to get away from the responsibilities that will come after her coronation, but her bodyguard discovers her hideout. However, the princess also tells her bodyguard that it’s okay to let her guard down. A short comic that leaves an emotional impact after the last panel.
An ocean spirit challenges a huntress. A story about defying societal expectations for your happiness and looking beyond rumors and misconceptions.
An endearing love story between a fisherman and a gay grandpa sea witch. Two old men who harbor loss and heartbreak of their own find each other. This webcomic is actually on hiatus, but the story so far is too gorgeous and atmospheric to not mention it here.
Finley’s life takes a significant turn after an encounter with a humanoid sea creature. This is an ongoing webcomic, but I just cannot have a MerMay post this year without mentioning it. A visually stunning narrative with enough tension and character to engage you.
Part of the Valor: Swords Anthology, Little Fish is a Little Mermaid retelling that features a trans man protagonist and a mermaid who seeks warmth from her cold ocean home. A short webcomic that effectively and gorgeously conveys the desire for connection.
Webcomics I’ve Reviewed This Month:
Do you know of a good mermaid-themed webcomic? Feel free to comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
*My mentionings of any platforms on this post is unsponsored.
Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) is a 2019 graduate of American University’s MFA in creative writing program. Their cross-genre chapbook, Coquí’s Song, is forthcoming (2023) from Mason Jar Press.
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