About

“There is nothing more powerful than this attraction towards an abyss.”
—Jules Verne

Mare Internum is an online science fiction graphic novel about the isolated inhabitants of the planet Mars, and the ability of life to persist through darkness.

The comic is currently created 100% independent of traditional publishing, and is fully supported by its loyal readers and Patrons. It currently updates 1-2 times a week, and will remain free to read until its completion.

Descende, audax viator!


Content warning: please note that this comic contains material that may be disturbing to sensitive viewers, including depictions of mental illness and abuse. All content has been thoroughly researched beforehand and will never be utilized for shock value.


Der-shing Helmer is a science-fantasy and educational comic artist living in the California Bay Area. She has a formal background in biology and education, and an informal one in art. She is also the author of another online comic, The Meek, and has additional works in print or development. Thanks for reading!

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For her portfolio or to contact her, please visit www.shingworks.com.