Never Say Neverland – The Wendy Project Explores Tragedy And J.M. Barrie’s World

by Hannah Means Shannon

 

This week, a new OGN arrives in shops that gives us a modern take on the world of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.
Published by Papercutz, The Wendy Project is a 96 page, full color graphic novel debut from actress and screenwriter Melissa Jane Osbourne and artist Veronica Fish.

The Wendy Project negotiates tragedy and fantasy:

On a late summer night when 16-year-old Wendy Davies crashes her car into a New England lake with her two younger brothers in the backseat. When she wakes in the hospital, she is told that her youngest brother, Michael, is dead. Wendy–a once rational teenager–shocks her family by insisting that Michael is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. Placed in a new school, Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults around her resemble characters from Neverland. Given a sketchbook by her therapist, Wendy starts to draw. But is “The Wendy Project” merely her safe space, or a portal between worlds? As Wendy works her way through her emotions of loss, sadness and survivor’s guilt she chooses to confront her feelings and, contrary to Peter’s motto . . . grow up.

The Wendy Project is being published as part of Papercutz’ Super Genius imprint and the book has been designed with rounded corners and a ribbon bookmark so it looks and feels like Wendy’s journal.

This is the first time The Wendy Project has been available in book form, following its release online and at comic conventions as a four issue comic book series from Emet Comics, an LA-based publisher dedicated to “telling stories created by women and featuring strong female protagonists”.

The Wendy Project arrived in bookstores on July 25th, 2017 and is currently available.

You can watch the book’s trailer here: