Meet The Little Mermaid at NYCC 2017 with our Fairytale Fantasies Field Guide
Recently, Sideshow announced an exciting new series of statues entitled “J. Scott Campbell’s Fairytale Fantasies Collection,” featuring faithfully created statues based on legendary comic artist Campbell’s stylish reimaginings of classic fairytale characters.
While the NYCC Sideshow team was livestreaming a tour of the booth, artist J. Scott Campbell surprised them when he came to take a closer look at The Little Mermaid Statue, the first in the series which was unveiled for the first time at the convention. The livestream then turned into an awesome impromptu interview- See the video here.
Now, get to know more about the mythical mermaid with our handy field guide!
The Sideshow Field Guide to Fairytale Myths and Monsters
Chapter One: The Majestic Mermaid
Welcome travelers to Sideshow’s official guide to the world of mythical creatures and monsters! This guide will be your go-to source of information should you ever encounter something in the wild that you thought existed only in fables and legends.
To start, we will be tackling one of the most well-known creatures from folklore, the mermaid.
Stories of mermaids and mermen date back to ancient times. In fact, these legends may be one of the few global phenomenons when it comes to a specific type of mythical being. There are tales told by the Greeks, the Assyrians, and the Babylonians from the ancient world, and more modern stories traced back to Old Britain, China, and Africa.
But are they just stories?
Both Christopher Columbus and the dread pirate Blackbeard had reported seeing mermaids in their travels, but these claims are usually dismissed as cases of mistaken identity, with large manatees thought to be the most likely culprits. Still, this is not a phenomenon of a bygone era, and the occasional reports of mermaid sightings have continued to pop up in recent years.
The traditional mermaid or merman is depicted with the head, torso, and arms of a human, with the lower body of a fish starting just below the navel area. In most tales they are strikingly beautiful and majestic, adorned with glittering shells and flowing hair that never seems to get wet.
However, this may just be an illusion to lure in unknowing victims. There have been stories of more fiendish looking mermaids, ones with more shark-like or monstrous features, so beware!
Mermaids are mostly aquatic creatures, preferring to stay in the sea. That said, they have been reportedly seen sunning themselves on rocks and beaches from time to time. It is not known if they prefer warm/temperate seas or cooler climates, as sightings and tales come from various regions all over the globe. So whether you are relaxing in a warm beach paradise, or sailing in the stormiest of seas, mermaids could be nearby, watching with keen interest.
Being half-fish has its advantages. Mermaids are obviously exceptional swimmers, capable of moving through water at great speeds. Some are able to transform to be fully human if no part of them is touching water. Additionally, like the mythical Sirens, mermaids are said to have melodic voices that can enchant humans with just a few notes of their ocean song.
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While mostly considered a kind and benevolent creature, mermaids are sometimes omens of unfortunate events looming on the horizon. In some cultures, they have been blamed for drownings, floods, shipwrecks, and natural disasters. In other cultures, mermaids use their beauty and song to lure humans away to be their next meal.
So if you come across a mermaid, as with any mythical creature, use caution. You may not be able to tell if they have fallen in love with you or if they just want to have you over for dinner.