Isabella Rotman


The Mermaid

Accordian book by Isabella Rotman, originally inspired by All the World is Green by Tom Waits, as seen here. The comic was later adapted with different words for a large installation piece at the Sullivan Galleries 2013 Spring BFA show.  Now it has found it’s final form as a 4 foot long accordian book, offset printed by Alan Drew Cesar of Downfall Arts. Each book is hand cut, glued, and folded. The lyrics used in the song are taken from a remorsefull sea shanty about a mermaid that serves as an omen of shipwreck.

I am releasing this book tonight. Feb 1st, at the Live Zine show! Come by for a copy. I am also making this available on my etsy please check it out.


I’m teaming up with Isabella Rotman (who drew this super cute picture of us!) to create our beautiful queer mermaid grotto at TCAF this weekend, table 243! She’s all loaded up with lots of mermaids and sexy (and educational!) comics and trinkets and I love her stuff so much. I will be bringing:

  • A few copies of YU+ME (they’re heavy so I’m bringing a limited number)
  • Darlin’ It’s Betta Down Where It’s Wetta
  • Meaty Yogurt
  • Food Porn
  • Smut Peddler 2014
  • Stickers
  • Buttons (brand new!)
  • Hand mirrors (also brand new!)
  • Tote bags lovingly sewn by me using my fabric designs, sushi, pizza, brains, mermaids, and Cthulhu print (also also brand new!)

I’m doing a couple panels, too.

  • Sunday at 1:30, Queer Sci Fi and Fiction
  • Sunday at 4, Food and Comics

Both in the High Park Ballroom room 2&3. I don’t know where that is yet, so we’ll discover it together.

Interview: Isabella Rotman

I sat down and got the opportunity to chat with Isabella Rotman today. Her sense of humor and good nature made our conversation very enjoyable. Click the link to read the full interview.

“Isabella Rotman is a cartoonist and printmaker from Maine living and drawing in Chicago. Her art is usually about the ocean, mermaids, crushing loneliness, people in the woods, or sex. If any of the above categories interest you please visit Isabella’s Comic’s are self published and available at Quimby’s, Chicago Comics, Woolly Mammoth Antiques and Oddities, and by e-mail request.”

Photo credit: Bronte Price

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