Acclaimed Web Publisher Emet Comics YA/Fantasy Graphic Novel to be New Super Genius Title
Youâ€™re 16-years old and recovering from a tragic car accident. Everyone tells you that your brother is dead but you keep seeing visions of him being carried in to the clouds by a mysterious flying boy. And the visions donâ€™t stop there. You see shadowy figures, pirates, other worlds. Are you going crazy? Even your therapist isnâ€™t sure. Thatâ€™s why she wants you to draw your visions in a journal. Thatâ€™s why she wants you to start THE WENDY PROJECT.
In Spring 2016 Papercutz scored a major hit with their publication of David Gallaher and Steve Ellisâ€™ THE ONLY LIVING BOY, a title that began life as a web comic. So itâ€™s no surprise that the company would be on the lookout for other digital properties that could successfully transition to the print graphic novel format. Enter McDuffie award nominees Emet Comics and their online sensation THE WENDY PROJECT. After the companyâ€™s agent, Dara Hyde, sent materials to Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier; the two companies quickly agreed that THE WENDY PROJECT should be the latest title in Papercutzâ€™s Super Genius imprint.
Created by Melissa Jane Osborne (Campus Crush) and featuring stunning artwork by Veronica Fish (now the lead artist on Archie), THE WENDY PROJECT is a new take on the Peter Pan story and a coming of age tale with just the right amount of magic. Readers will be drawn to the compelling story and will empathize with Wendy as she seeks to answer the all-important question â€“ is her journal just the imaginings of a troubled teen â€¦ or is it a portal to another world?
Papercutz is rapidly gaining a reputation for one of the most diverse lists in graphic novel publishing, and Emet CEO Maytal Gilboa believes that THE WENDY PROJECT is a natural addition to their line. â€œItâ€™s been exciting to see the emergence of both female creators and diverse characters in the graphic novel category,â€ observed Gilboa. â€œAnd Papercutz has been at the forefront of this trend with titles like Deb Luckeâ€™s THE LUNCH WITCH and Jessica Abelâ€™s (upcoming) graphic novel TRISH TRASH. At Emet, our motto is â€˜Comics by women, for everyoneâ€™ and Papercutz shares that sensibility. Thatâ€™s why we chose to go with them for our first print projectâ€
Papercutz Editor-in Chief Jim Salicrup admits he was sold as soon as he saw Veronica Fishâ€™s beautiful artwork. â€œIâ€™ve been a fan of Veronicaâ€™s since I first came across PIRATES OF MARS. But I think sheâ€™s taken her work to a new level with THE WENDY PROJECT. Her use of color reminded me of classic films like Powell & Pressburgerâ€™s A Matter of Life and Death, and I was hooked immediately. Reading Melissaâ€™s moving story sealed the deal. I knew this was something we had to publish.â€
PAPERCUTZ Publisher Terry Nantier feels Papercutzâ€™s acquisition of THE WENDY PROJECT reflects a natural progression in both the companyâ€™s publishing and the interests of its readers. â€œAs the longtime publisher of the DISNEY FAIRIESâ€™ graphic novels, I know how involved kids can get with the world of Peter Pan,â€ he explained. â€œWe created Super Genius to provide options for those readers of those books and other kidsâ€™ graphic novels as they got older. But we also wanted Super Genius titles to appeal to adult graphic novel readers as well. I canâ€™t imagine a more perfect fit for this imprint than THE WENDY PROJECT.â€
Papercutz will publish THE WENDY PROJECT as a stand-alone graphic novel in Spring 2017, and both Gilboa and Nantier are committed to creating a final product that highlights the beauty of its source material. â€œWeâ€™re talking about all sorts of different options that will really make this an â€˜object of desireâ€™,â€ explained Gilboa. â€œWe want to create a book that will thrill existing fans and prove irresistible to new readers as well.â€ Added Nantier, â€œFrom Melissa and Veronica to the entire editorial and production team, everyone working on this book is going out of their way to create something truly special.â€