Graphic Novel 

ALWAYS  

a graphic novel written by Chantal Gabriel

 

Release date: 2022 under Duo Tales Studio

Synopsis of ALWAYS

When a mercreature turns thirteen years old, they leave their home behind and are given one year to find their One True Love. Hisashi, a blue merboy, must prove to his prospective mate that his love is true by shedding a tear that will transform into a pearl. But Hisashi has a problem, he's met lots of prospective mergirls, but his tears won't turn into a pearl! If Hisashi fails to create his pearl before the end of the year, he'll no longer be considered a prospective mate. However, things get complicated when a malicious, scarred-faced fisherman wounds his tail. Unable to swim, Hisashi ends up meeting, Chiharu, the cursed girl from the fishing village. Will Hisashi's injuries heal in time for him to continue searching for his One True Love, or does fate have another path in mind? 

The Creative Process for ALWAYS

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Concept art for Hisashi, the protagonist of ALWAYS. Story by Chantal Gabriel and art by Dani Gabriel. 

For many years, I wanted to write a graphic novel and finally in January 2021, I completed the script! I've always been inspired by manga and anime (Japanese comics and cartoons) so I wanted to write a story based on Japanese mermaid lore. I took three semesters of Japanese while I was a student at the University of Miami and researched extensively Japanese folklore before I wrote the script. Currently the story is being paneled out To see more artwork, click here.

© 2021 by Chantal Gabriel.
www.chantalgabriel.com

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