Corinth was just trying to clean up the beach, she never expected to meet a mermaid, let alone be nearly drowned by one. It was the start of a very strange friendship.
However, The Sea in You will be published in 2020 with Iron Circus Comics so I’m just getting here a little early.
I’m so excited for this to happen though because it means that this great story will reach a whole new audience and I’ll get to hold a beautiful graphic novel in my hands. That’s a kind of happiness we all deserve.
I also think it’s worth noting that at the time of writing this review the webcomic is an ongoing piece. So keep in mind that I’m reviewing an unfinished story, I do have a few questions and hopes for its future and they’ll probably be answered in the finished copy (and on Tapas as Jessi keeps publishing it there).
The Sea in You follows Corinth, a very lovely goth girl, who spends her free time cleaning the beach.
At home her she has a lovely relationship with her mum and dad. They’re precious and her mum is deaf so we also get on-screen illustrations of sign language.
Which is obviously fab because everyone deserves to see themselves represented in all types of media.
Unfortunately I also have to let you know that Corinth has a boyfriend who belongs in the trash. He’s rude and gross, belittles her, manipulative, and is lazy with communicating with her mum.
He makes me roll my eyes and I hope he’ll be out of the picture soon. Tbh he’s not much of a focus of the story which is great, because it means I can now talk about the exciting parts. The parts that I love.
So back to the beach, where all the happy things happen.
Corinth has a surprise encounter where she almost drowns all thanks to a mermaid. Whilst this could be the start of a sad story, it’s actually when both their lives change for the better.
After sorting out the issue of the attempted drowning, the two become friends.
They spend time bonding over food, things that sparkle, and learning new things (like all good friends should tbh).
I love watching their friendship blossom as it benefits both of them, they both get to learn about another world and language.
(Whilst humans aren’t very good at speaking Mermaids, we get some great visuals of it and descriptions of how it feels)
The fact Corinth continues to use sign language with Skylla was really heartwarming, as we understand why it’s such an important part of Corinth’s life, and they also have to work on the movements a little more given that mermaid have webbed hands!
(It’s also such a nice contrast to how her boyfriend reacts about sign language, like he’s too good for it. Ugh.)
As Skylla’s understanding of the world grows she also starts to get concerned with how she’s ever going to return the favour of teaching Corinth about her life when she’s yet to find words that fit her life. There is so much unknown to the both of them but this doesn’t stop Corinth showing her support and cheering up Skylla that they’ll figure it out and make up new words if they have too.
This is one of the many examples of the girls absolutely ruining my life as they run away with my heart.
Where the story is currently at, the boyfriend has shown back up on the scene and from one phone call even Skylla knows he’s trouble.
I’m very interested to see what this tension adds to the story, the confrontation we’ll probably see, and how the two girls not only handle him (tell him, boy, bye, boy, bye) but their own feelings too.
This brings me nicely onto my hopes for this comic: MAKE IT QUEER!
I mean, there’s already hints there on page that this is more than a friendship, this is a crush that is blossoming and it’s why I’m loving the story so much. Watching the two interact so intimately without addressing their feelings yet seeing the odd look, touch, or action that you know is something more fills my heart and keeps me reading.
I can’t wait for the two to be able to explore their feelings that are developing.
I’m 99.9% sure this is where it’s going, as are the rest of the comments on Tapas and to see that on officially on page will make this queer girl very happy.
So in conclusion, The Sea in You is a comic you have to pick up as it’ll fill your heart with joy. You’ll find yourself smiling, laughing, and crying at two wonderful characters who deserve the world, and each other.
I’m eagerly awaiting the following episodes.
Oh! One last thing as I don’t think I made this clear. Jessi both writes and illustrates The Sea in You making her the most talented Queen I know. Did I mention its beautiful? ’cause it really it.