A Forum for Discussions among Voyagers and Others related to the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan
From: Lucy Bellwood
Date: 2014 Jul 16, 09:07 -0700
Frank & Michelle:
You both raise excellent points! This is something that's on my mind a great deal as well, since my goal is to bring maritime culture and modern tall ship sailing to life through comics -- a medium not typically associated with living history or traditional nautical activities.
I will say it's been a great treat to interact with members of the non-seagoing public at conventions across the US and Canada and see their eyes light up when they encounter these stories in print and realize that yes, this is still a thing happening in the world and yes, they can go and do it too. It's also gratifying to see mariners delighting in an accurate representation of their experiences in a medium normally confined to fabricated tales of piracy, but I think reaching people who wouldn't otherwise know much about tall ships is the more exciting of the two.
I grew up on the West Coast, very near the ocean, yet it took me till high school to realize that I could actually crew aboard a square rigger. My hope is that drawing comics about these experiences can reach people younger than I was and expose them to the possibility of that world in an engaging, accessible format. Ideally the comic I produce about the Voyage will contribute to that dialogue, and I do hope you'll all take full advantage of using it to explain the nature of the journey to interested parties.
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