Mermaids, Then and Now. Especially Now.
Some of them even throwing a trashy sort of party in Austin tonight.
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
11:00AM, Thu. Apr. 24, 2014
Mermaids, we're thinking, are just about to reach a point of supersaturation in this solution of media we're all soaking in.
And … it's about time, isn't it?
Been 177 years since Hans Christian Andersen told his version of the fairy tale that eventually wound up becoming grist for Disney's revitalized animation mill (which movie, you may recall, generated a promotional campaign that – inadvertently? – included an image of, gasp, a human penis in the background).
Been 30 years, even, since Darryl Hannah chomped down on a lobster (shell and all) as the mermaid named Madison in Splash, another of Unca Walt's filmic properties (that, you may recall, caused the creation of the studios' Touchstone Pictures label).
And it's been just a while, now – and we're still happily grimacing – since we encountered that, ugh, mermaid near the end of Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard's hilarious and creepy Cabin in the Woods.
And it's even more recently that we were introduced to a certain Mermaid in the Hudson, in Mark Siegel's haunting graphic novel – Sailor Twain – from First Second Books (which company, you may recall, just debuted Paul Pope's new Battling Boy).
But enough with the you-may-recalls and the umpteen mermaids removed from us in distances of time and/or space.
Right here and right now in the ATX we've got The Plastic Mermaid, a half-woman/half-fish whose angry father has banished her (so the story goes) to the polymer-choked Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This mermaid is the creation of local actress and artist Indigo Rael, and there's a series of videos currently in production about the trashy – no, literally trashy – (mis)adventures she gets into while dealing with the problems of ill-disposed plastics and ecological destruction. Zany, music-filled, partly animated, sfx-enhanced, delightful videos.
But we're not here to talk about those videos.
We're here to tell you about the party.
We're here to tell you about The Trashy Prom that's being hosted by that same Plastic Mermaid tonight at The Ranch, where there'll be disco-pumping DJs and scads of junk food and awards for the fanciest trash-fashioned apparel and who knows what sort of quasi-aquatic shenanigans going on.
Note: This shindig's a fundraiser to support the further production of those abovementioned videos; and we think, mermaid-lovers, that it's gonna be what you wish you were soaking in.