ST. LOUIS, MO—Artist Brenna Thummler’s work has appeared in such publications as the Washington Post and the New York Times. In 2017, she adapted the beloved Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery into a graphic novel alongside writer Mariah Marsden. This August, Lion Forge is proud to release her debut original graphic novel, Sheets!
“There are times we all feel like ghosts, and not just in need of a good wash, but also invisible, different, or like we don’t belong. Sheets grew from this loneliness, and I learned to use storytelling as a way to step out of the dark,” says Brenna Thummler. “It is a tremendous honor to be able to share this story with readers, and to remind them that there are always ways to feel alive and visible, as long as they don’t stop looking.”
Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen-year-old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she’s worked for.
Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world.
When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt’s Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.
“Having been a fan of Brenna’s art since her gorgeous adaption of Anne of Green Gables, I knew her first original graphic novel was going to be beautifully drawn. But I was wholly unprepared for her delicate, atmospheric, and deeply heartfelt storytelling,” says Lion Forge executive editor, Andrea Colvin. “Sheets is something truly special; a story that manages to be both buoyant and melancholy, sorrowful and optimistic. Brenna’s soft art pulls you in to Marjorie’s and Wendell’s worlds, slowly and then all at once, and you won’t want to let go.”
This beautiful and moving graphic novel illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, Sheets is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat. This gorgeous work arrives in print from Lion Forge this August, and is available for preorder through your local comic book shop, and on Amazon and Barnes & Noble now.
“Brenna Thummler’s first original graphic novel is a reason to celebrate. She announced herself as an artist to reckon with when she illustrated Mariah Marsden’s adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. Now she’s illustrated her own story of ghosts and family, loneliness and laundromats. I’m sure you’ll be captivated, and as eager as I am to see what comes next!”—Brian Selznick, author of Wonderstruckand The Invention of Hugo Cabret
“For days after reading Brenna Thummler’s Sheets, I have been wandering my neighborhood, haunted, enchanted, and in need of freshly pressed clothing.”—Lemony Snicket, author of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events
About the Author:
Brenna Thummler grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania, where she developed a great love for nature trails, peanut butter, and, above all, drawing. A graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, she was named the Society of Illustrators Zankel Scholar during her junior year. Since graduation, she has done editorial and advertising work for such clients as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Razorfish, and Empathic Films LLC. Anne of Green Gables was her first graphic novel but not her last: her first original, Sheets, will be out Fall 2018. In those rare moments she’s not creating art, you might find her dancing, making music, baking cheesecakes.