Mark Siegel's Sailor Twain

Mark Siegel's Sailor Twain (COURTESY MARK TWAIN HOUSE AND MUSEUM / October 1, 2012)

Writing is frustrating work. Add pictures to the story, and watch your hair get even whiter with each passing pronoun. Author/illustrator Mark Siegel survived the process of creating a graphic novel, Sailor Twain, and he'll be appearing at (naturally) Hartford's Mark Twain House and Museum on Oct. 6 to talk about it. It's a serial work, published incrementally online over the course of weeks and months. But now the whole work — set in moody charcoal tones (pictured) and blending Victorian-era styles with progressive science fiction — will be released in paperback form this fall. It's received raves from — get this — author John Irving and MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow. Head to the Twain House for some art-fiction hybrid action.


Graphic Novelist Mark Siegel's Sailor Twain

Oct. 6, 7 p.m., free, Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, (860) 247-0998,