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Legendary Comics Debuts the Cover for New YA Graphic Novel Lupina

Lupina is a two-volume captivating saga about a young girl on a journey of revenge with her wolf companion. In the coastal town of Kote, recently brought under the yoke of the Addalian Empire, four-year-old Lupa spends her days getting bullied by her older sister and hiding behind her mother’s skirts. But when tragedy strikes, Lupa finds herself alone in a new world… alone until she’s found by the she-wolf, Coras, and sets off on a journey of discovery… and revenge. The first volume of the two-piece collection will be available in bookstores and online retailers on September 14, 2021. Both volumes contain three phases, continuing the adventure of Lupa and Coras.

Lupina is from writer James F. Wright, art by Li Buszka, color by Bex Glendining, and lettering by Ariana Maher. The graphic novel is available for pre-order.

Legendary Comics Launches a New YA Imprint – Legendary Comics YA

Legendary Comics YA

Launching with a slate of five original graphic novels created for the young adult space, Legendary Comics has announced a new imprint, Legendary Comics YA, dedicated to telling original and character-driven stories across a wide array of genres. With a commitment to amplify new voices, spotlight diverse perspectives, and seek out passionate talent telling authentic stories, the imprint gives emerging and veteran artists a platform to share stories never told before and retell classics from a new point of view, in hopes to transport readers to other worlds that span a range of genres, from fantasy to historical fiction, and beyond.

The Legendary Comics YA slate includes:

  • Championess (in stores now) – based on the true story of Elizabeth Wilkinson, a female bare-knuckle boxer in 18th century London. Elizabeth, reimagined as half-Indian, and her sister Tess struggle to make ends meet and cover Tess’s debts. While Elizabeth works odd jobs at the local newspaper, the only way she knows how to make enough money to help them survive is her true passion, bareknuckle boxing. With Tess’s support, Elizabeth trains at the boxing facility of one of the most famous retired boxers and the only real fight promoter of any notoriety, James Figg. As Elizabeth trains with Figg and James Stokes, she confronts her personal demons of what destroyed her family and comes to terms with being the first half-Indian female boxer in a white male world. Writers: Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas. Arist: Amanda Perez Puentes.
  • The Heart Hunter (August 3, 2021) – set on the cursed island of Envecor, where everyone is doomed to wear their heart outside their body and are immortal—unable to die, to change, to have children — until they find their soul mate. Paired soul mates are then turned mortal, freed from the curse, and able to leave. But all fairy tales have a dark side: those who don’t want to lose their immortality pay “Heart Hunters” to find their soul mates and kill them so they may remain immortal. Psyche, a Heart Hunter, is hired by the king to kill his soulmate. As she sets out on her quest, she begins her own journey of mending her broken heart and learning to trust again. Writer: Mickey George. Artist: V. Gagnon.
  • Lupina (September 9, 2021) – a six-part captivating saga about a young girl on a journey of revenge with her wolf companion. In the coastal town of Kote, recently brought under the yoke of the Addalian Empire, four-year-old Lupa spends her days getting bullied by her older sister and hiding behind her mother’s skirts. But when tragedy strikes, Lupa finds herself alone in a new world… alone until she’s found by the she-wolf, Coras, and sets off on a journey of discovery… and revenge. Writer: Eisner Award-nominated writer James F. Wright. Artist: Li Buszka.
  • The Witches of Silverlake (October 1, 2022) – the story of Elliot Green, who moves across country to start high school in one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious private schools. He’s quickly taken in by the school’s outcasts: the scholarship kids; the queer kids; and the ones who just don’t really fit in with the glossy trust fund babies of SJTBA. They quickly let him in on their little secret…they are witches. Elliot joins them in their world among the crystal stores and occult shops of Silverlake and ends up joining his new friends’ coven. During one of their magical experiments, they accidentally release a bloodthirsty demon that starts murdering their classmates and teachers. Elliot and his coven realize that the fun and games of playing with crystals and candles is over, that magic is powerful, real, and that it might be more dangerous than they’d ever imagined. Writer: Simon Curtis. Artist: Stephanie Son.
  • Tragic (April 18, 2022) – a retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from a queer lens and told through the eyes of 17-year-old Harper Hayes. After her father Hamilton dies a mysterious and tragic death, Harper is convinced that he was murdered, and her first suspect is her uncle, who has been sleeping with her mother. With the help of her ex-girlfriend Talia and her best friend (sometimes with benefits) Holden, Harper is determined to find her father’s killer. But when Caius, Talia’s father and Hamilton’s business partner, is also found dead, Harper realizes the answer to Hamilton’s murder is more complicated than she had initially realized. As Harper begins to see her father’s ghost in the form of a teenage Hamlet everywhere and starts slipping into hallucinations of his murder that end with blood on her hands, one thing becomes clear—in order to uncover the truth about what happened to her father, Harper has to confront her own demons and ones that haunt the Hayes family. Writer: Dana Mele. Artist: Valentina Pinti. Colorist: Chiara Di Francia.

Review: Contact High

Contact High

The search for a meaningful connection is one that most people look for a whole lifetime. The people you meet throughout your daily lives may or may not make a difference to you. We often share this connection with our family members, and even friends, as that symbiosis is hard to come by. This connection is harder to find, when as the late great Aaliyah asked in her song “Are You That Somebody?”

As anyone who has ever been attracted to someone, the line between love and infatuation is blurry. No one can give you a definitive answer. There’s no time nor reason to who you are attracted to. Speaking from personal experience it’s never when you want it and it’s never who you saw yourself falling for. In Josh Eckert and James F. Wright’s spectacular Contact High, this search is explored through the prism of dystopian speculative fiction.

We are taken to a future where humans are not allowed to be touched by another human and touching of skin in the future is illegal and everyone has to wear Lifesuits. We meet Ziggurat, a man who suffered from a new disease called Skinsanity, a disease where the touch of skin, makes one insane. We also meet Summit, a patient at the same facility Ziggurat is, as he confesses of how a yearning to live outside of the suit is what he dreams of. Everything changes when Ziggurat, during a standard contamination scan, knocks out the two orderlies and fights his way to Level III, where he finds out that there’s more to the hospital than they are letting on.

Overall, a great story which shows how important the human connection is. The story by James F. Wright is smart and compelling. The art by Josh Eckert is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that packs the action into a fable which shows that to find out the truth, sometimes you have to risk it all.

Story: James F. Wright Art: Josh Eckhart
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Nutmeg Vol. 5

NUTMEG VOLUME 5

Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts (art, colors), Josh Eckert (colors), James F. Wright (lettering)
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts
96 pgs./ T / FC $11.99

Vol. 5 “Spring: The Good Dine Young” collects issues 13-15 of Nutmeg. Here, in the series finale, with Saffron seemingly triumphant, and with Anise and Ginger’s investigation closing in on its target, Poppy and Cassia have a few surprises left before the kitchen closes for good.

NUTMEG VOLUME 5

Preview: Nutmeg #13

NUTMEG #13

Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts (art, colors), Josh Eckert (colors), James F. Wright (lettering)
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts
32 pgs./ A / FC
$2.99
Digital Only

Spring, Chapter One: “Can’t Stand the Heat” – Poppy and Cassia are reunited, but why doesn’t it feel so good? The pieces of Cassia’s master plan are falling into place, and even intrepid investigators Ginger and Anise are starting to believe it. That is until Marjorie makes a decision that threatens to scatter those pieces anew.

NUTMEG #13

ECCC 2019: Legendary Comics Announces Lupina from James F. Wright and Liana Buszka

Legendary Comics joins forces with Eisner Award-nominated writer James F. Wright and artist Liana Buszka to continue their captivating self-published saga, Lupina, a six-chapter story about mothers, daughters and wolves. In the coastal town of Kote, recently brought under the yoke of the Addalian Empire, four-year-old Lupa spends her days getting bullied by her older sister and hiding behind her mother’s skirts. But when tragedy strikes, Lupa finds herself alone in a new world… alone until she’s found by the she-wolf, Coras, and sets off on a journey of discovery…and revenge. Set for release in early 2020, Legendary Comics will launch two new volumes, each comprised of three phases.

Fans attending Emerald City Comic Con are invited to join the Legendary Comics team and Lupina comic scribe James F. Wright as they share secrets about upcoming comic releases at the “Legendary Comics 2019 and Beyond” panel on Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm in TCC L3-R5.

Lupina

Preview: Nutmeg Hardcover Edition: Fall

Nutmeg Hardcover Edition: Fall

Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts (art), Josh Eckert (colors, lettering)
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts
160 pgs./ A / FC
$19.99

It’s here and it’s sweet! The Nutmeg Hardcover Edition: Fall collects issues 1-6 of the coming-of-age culinary crime series in a single gorgeous volume. Witness Poppy and Cassia’s emerging friendship and criminal scheming as they build their illicit brownie empire in an attempt to take down rival Saffron and her Lady Rangers. Includes the extremely rare Halloween short story!

Nutmeg Gets a Hardcover Edition this Fall. It’s Baking Bad!

This fall, a brand new hardcover of Nutmeg is coming. This arc of Nutmeg collects the first six issues of a coming-of-age story about baking, friendship and crime. Poppy and Cassia become fast friends when they decide to upstage Saffron at her brownie-baking game. By using a questionable ingredient, the two are on the path to success… except their secret ingredient creates a lot more problems than it solves.

The series is written James F. Wright, with art by Jackie Crofts, and colors and lettering by Josh Eckert.

The successful Kickstarter hardcover, featuring 160 pages of content, is coming to a comic book shelf near you on September 26th, 2018. Pre-order Nutmeg with the Diamond item code JUL181436.

Preview: Nutmeg Vol. 4: Late Winter: Coven Cleaner

NUTMEG VOLUME 4

Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts (art, colors), Josh Eckert (colors, lettering)
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts
96 pgs./ A / FC
$11.99

Vol. 4 “Late Winter: Coven Cleaner” collects issues 10-12 of Nutmeg. After winter break, Poppy and Cassia’s bond is broken, perhaps irrevocably. But from the ashes, an alliance forms between a pair of one-time rivals. Can they restore the Patty Cakes brownie empire, or will they tear each other to pieces in the process? In the midst of winter, Vista Vale is heating up.

Nutmeg Volume 4 – “It’s Betty & Veronica meets Breaking Bad. A Scarface for the Nancy Drew set.”

A pair of 13-year-olds, Poppy Pepper and Cassia Caraway, inadvertently build a criminal baking empire when a prank against a bitter rival leads to their discovery of a highly addictive brownie recipe. Creators James F. Wright and Jackie Crofts comment that “It’s Betty & Veronica meets Breaking Bad. A Scarface for the Nancy Drew set.”

You’ve seen countless books about teens and more than a few about teen detectives, but how many about teen criminals? Not many, that’s for sure! Nutmeg provides a dark-tinged, poignant, and heartfelt breath of fresh air, blending noir with a classic coming-of-age tale. Few other books can boast that.

What can readers expect to experience in Nutmeg 4? A glimpse into the triumphs and failures, in all their myriad forms, of a small group of 8th graders. With the hope that they will see something of themselves, of their own experiences, however filtered through this heightened reality, within these pages.

Nutmeg Volume 4, which collects Nutmeg #10-12, will be in a comic book store near you on February 21st, 2018. Pre-order this delectable delight with the Diamond item code DEC170992.

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