Publisher: Gallery Books
Date of Publication: February 9th, 2021
Page Count: 256
From the Jacket:
The raucous and literal fishes-out-of-water graphic novel from prolific comic artist and writer Kat Leyh, creator of the acclaimed Snapdragon and coauthor of the Eisner and GLAAD Award–winning series Lumberjanes.
Fresh out of shipwreck wine, three tipsy mermaids decide to magically masquerade as humans and sneak onto land to indulge in much more drinking and a whole lot of fun in the heart of a local seaside tourist trap. But the good times abruptly end the next morning as, through the haze of killer hangovers, the trio realizes they never actually learned how to break the spell, and are now stuck on land for the foreseeable future. Which means everything from: enlisting the aid of their I-know-we-just-met-can-we-crash-with-you bartender friend, struggling to make sense of the world around them, and even trying to get a job with no skill set…all while attempting to somehow return to the sea and making the most of their current situation with tenacity and camaraderie (especially if someone else is buying).
After a weather related delay, I received some highly anticipated book mail yesterday and immediately read it. Thanks so much to Gallery Books for the free finished copy of Thirsty Mermaids by Kat Leyh. Leyh also co-authored Lumberjanes and created Snapdragon, SuperCakes, and several others. Her artwork is quirky and unique and I adore it. Thirsty Mermaids was pitched as, “Girls Trip meets Broad City meets The Little Mermaid” and i was like YES PLEASE.
Y’all, this book is FANTASTIC. It follows the underwater and land adventures of mermaids Pearl and Tooth, and their best friend and sea witch, Eez. They spend their nights pillaging ship wrecks for booze and decide to let Eez turn them into humans temporarily so they can get more booze on dry land after running out under water. They wash up on land completely naked and ready to party and face some very harsh realties the morning after a night of heavy drinking. Turns out Eez has no idea how to turn them back into mermaids and now they have to figure out how to survive on dry land until she does. They wouldn’t make it a day without Vivi, the bartender they meet their first night who takes them under her wing. The illustrations for this were just so perfect. I cackled so many times seeing how Leyh portrayed them walking for the first time, learning about how things like clothing and money are required, and making other human discoveries. This has some excellent and varied queer rep, tackles mental health with so much care and love, and is full of all sorts of body types (the little mermaid this is not). It’s about friendship and found family and staying true to yourself. Do yourself a favor and get this book!