The Wendy Project



Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish
The Wendy Project
(Papercutz, August 2017)

Chosen by Mental Floss as one of the “9 Most Interesting Comics in July”
Watch the trailer for THE WENDY PROJECT on The Hollywood Reporter

Read the A.V. Club review of THE WENDY PROJECT
Chosen by New York Magazine’s Vulture as one of “The 8 Best Comic Books to Read in July”
A Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall 2017
Chosen by SYFY Fangrrls as on of “Fangrrls Graphic Novel and Trade Recommendations for August”
Chosen by New York Public Library as one of the “Best Books For Teens 2017”
Received an Honorable Mention on Forbes‘s list of “The 10 Best Graphic Novels of 2017”
Chosen by YALSA as one of the “2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens”

What forces us to finally grow up? A young girl finds her way through grief in this stunning graphic novel twist on Peter Pan.

16-year-old Wendy Davies accidentally crashes her car into a lake on a late summer night 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?


Praise for The Wendy Project

– Douglas Wolk, The New York Times Book Review

“Osborne and Fish deliver a heartrending YA drama with this graphic novel, showcasing how the building blocks of a fairy tale can be reassembled into something new and enlightening.”
—A.V. Club

“Smart artwork, and a girls’-eye view of a boyhood tale will make readers believe—maybe not in fairies, but in Wendy.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“You’ll thrill to Fish’s linework and facial acting and you’ll swoon for Osborne’s vivid characterization of a girl struggling to separate fact from fiction while navigating trauma.”
– Abraham Riesman, New York Magazine’s Vulture

“This unexpected gem stands out among latter-day versions of Peter Pan thanks to its embrace of genuine emotion and psychological gravity. Highly recommended to all graphic novel and fantasy fans, and especially to YA readers.”
School Library Journal (starred review)

“There are few other comics on the market today as visually stunning as THE WENDY PROJECT. Fish is an incredible illustrator, and Osborne has provided her with compelling, rich material with which to create a gorgeously illustrated world that manages to be deeply emotional in even the simplest panels…. THE WENDY PROJECT is truly one of a kind.”
Newsarama (10 out of 10 stars)

“Very emotional and quite powerful.”
ICv2 (4 stars)

“With THE WENDY PROJECT, writer Melissa Jane Osborne and artist Veronica Fish capture just how important fiction is on a personal level.”
— Comics Beat

“An excellent exploration of something we cannot always fully know, but that affects us in varying ways. The Wendy Project is an excellent addition to any library and could be a vital tool in helping children, adolescents, and adults learn to process their own difficult emotions.”
Comicosity (10 out of 10 stars)

“A haunting, luminescent reinterpretation of a classic story.”
—Stuart Moore, writer of The Zodiac Legacy, and one of the founding editors of Vertigo

“Wonderful in every sense of the word, The Wendy Project tells a moving story about not only the loss of a family member but also the loss of innocence as children become adults.”
Forward Reviews

“Lushly illustrated, deftly written and unafraid to confront deep issues in a nuanced and honest way, The Wendy Project presents a fresh and unexpected take on the Peter Pan mythos that is hauntingly beautiful and completely unforgettable.”
—Alex Segura, author of Archie Meets the Ramones and the Pete Fernandez crime novel series

“Heartbreak spreads through every corner of Osborne and Fish’s gorgeous tale, where splashes of color serve as glowing metaphors for change, self-discovery, and pain. The Wendy Project breaches the gap between real-world tragedy and the lure of fantastical places like Neverland, where the self can be left behind.”
—Samuel Sattin, author of The Silent End and Legend

The Wendy Project is a masterpiece. Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish tell an intimate story about grief that is both brutal and beautiful.”
—David Gallagher, author of The Only Living Boy

“So beautiful and sweet and sad…This little book broke my heart in 96 pages…Wendy has such an original voice [and] the artwork is indescribably beautiful.”
—Kailey Bradley, Books for MKs (5 of 5 stars)

“This story was thought provoking and the illusion of reality was incredibly well done. So much was said in so few words and the way in which Fish’s artwork entwined with the story was amazing. I was enthralled, to say the least.”
– Maxine, The Rouge Storyteller

“While Osborne has written a touching and contemplative work, Fish has turned it into career-making work. Her use of vibrant splashes of color amidst mostly black and white sketches represents pieces of Neverland that work their way into Wendy’s reality, making this book feel as magical as it is melancholy.”
Mental Floss

“Mind-bending beauty….easily one of the most imaginative takes on the Pan mythos ever conceived.”

“Brilliant… The Wendy Project is a wonderful graphic novel.”

An incredibly imaginative, unique, and touching story.”
– Nerdist

“One of my favorite graphic novels of the year. . . . This book is gorgeous and moving; Fish’s art provokes such strong emotions. I can’t say enough good things about this book and I hope everyone gives it a chance.”
– SYFY Wire Fangrrls

“This is the kind of book that makes the strengths of the comic medium evident and rewards readers who take the time to explore it.”
– William Kulesa, Jersey Journal

“It will take your breath away. It will linger long after you close the book, and you’ll find your thoughts keep returning to it.”
– The Roarbots


Read the starred Publishers Weekly review of THE WENDY PROJECT
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Watch THE WENDY PROJECT trailer on Comic Buzz
Read author Melissa Jane Osborne’s moving guest post on The Mary Sue about her teenage depression
Read the Comicosity review of THE WENDY PROJECT
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Read the Books for MKs 5-star review of THE WENDY PROJECT
Read Melissa Jane Osborne’s list of “13 Pop Culture Characters that Got Me Through Being a Teen” over at 13th Dimension
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Listen to Melissa Osborne in conversation with Vandal Truong’s Curious World Podcast Episode #125
Read the Twin Cities Geek review of THE WENDY PROJECT
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Watch Ian Merrigan, the Tiny Existentialist, give a “Tiny Existential Book Report” on THE WENDY PROJECT
Read the SYFY Wire preview of THE WENDY PROJECT
Read the YAYOMG! review of THE WENDY PROJECT in their “YAYBOOKS! July 2017 Roundup”
Listen to Melissa Osborne in conversation with The More You Nerd Episode #263
Read the Nerdist preview of THE WENDY PROJECT
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Listen to Ain’t It Cool News podcast review THE WENDY PROJECT
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Included on the 2018 Maverick Graphic Novel List *unanimous choice


Melissa Jane Osborne is an actor and
 writer who has worked with Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Samuel French
 Festival, NYFringe, Killer Films, IAMA Theatre Co and Stella Adler Studio,
 of which she is an alum. She is a two time O’Neill National Playwrights Center finalist.  Her work in new media spans from the Internet sensation
 “The Burg” to creating the first interactive scripted iPhone game “Campus Crush” for the Episode App. Her short film “Oma” starring Lynn Cohen is currently out to festivals nation wide. She is a proud member of LA’s IAMA Theatre Co.

Veronica Fish has created illustrations 
for clients such as Nickelodeon, MARVEL, Wired Magazine, LEGO, The Girl Scouts of America and Conde Nast Publishing. Her paintings have been shown in galleries around the world, and she has drawn issues of Archie for Archie Comics, Spider-Woman and Silk for Marvel and is working on the next installment of her graphic novel Pirates of Mars with JJ Kahrs.