Legendary Comics is a publishing wing of Legendary Entertainment, the company behind films like the upcoming Godzilla: King of Monsters and Detective Pikachu. In addition to releasing comics and graphic novels based off of their existing cinematic and television properties, the publisher also develops creator owned titles. They recently announced a new graphic novel, Championess, coming in the fall of 2020. Though a work of fiction, it draws inspiration from real events and people, including the main character.
Championess is a period piece from creators Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas that explores the world of British bare-knuckle boxing in the 18th century. The story follows Elizabeth Wilkinson, a young woman struggling to make ends meet for her and her sister by working odd jobs. Fed up, she pursues her passion of bare-knuckle boxing for a living. Under the tutelage of former boxer turned promoter, James Figg, and James Stoke, she trains to face the powerful female pugilists of the era. While she works her way through the contenders, she must struggles with being biracial and the past deeds of her criminal father.
Nikita Kannekanti, Editor of Legendary Comics, says:
When Tarun and Kelly first pitched me Championess, I loved that it was based on a true story and explored the life of a female bare-knuckle boxer in the 18th Century. It’s such a unique premise, and I had no idea women boxing was a thing back then! I have wanted to bring an incredibly strong, passionate female character to life in an original graphic novel, and the story Tarun and Kelly have created based on Elizabeth Wilkinson is the perfect opportunity.
For those who are attending Awesome Con in DC this weekend, you can learn more about this and other titles at the “Legendary Comics 2019 and Beyond” panel on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm in Room 150. You can also stop by their booth at Booth #651.