Wendell the Ghost Returns Home in Exclusive Excerpt from Brenna Thummler’s LIGHTS

This September, Marjorie, Eliza, and their ghostly friend Wendell will embark on one more eerie adventure in Lights, the third and final entry in Brenna Thummler’s Sheets trilogy, and we have an exclusive excerpt to share with Daily Dead readers ahead of the graphic novel’s September 6th release from Oni Press!

Following the eerie events of Sheets and Delicates, Lights will follow Thummler’s supernatural sleuths as they explore the history of Wendell’s human past, and Thummler shares how this latest mystery will have a lasting impact on Marjorie, Eliza, and Wendell:

“Lights takes a small step outside of where the first two books have been, into a space that’s more snowy, sad, and suspenseful. With Wendell at the forefront, this book examines the complexities of relationships as all three protagonists grow more self-aware. These characters have lived in my headspace for the past six years, and in Lights especially, have made me record some of their most hard-hitting experiences. While there is always a sense of relief that comes from saying farewell to long-term house guests, there is also a heavy sort of emptiness, and it was important that I send them off the right way. Marjorie, Eliza, and Wendell have shaped me just as I have shaped them, and I hope readers will find a new kind of comfort in their final story.”

Additionally, Oni Press Editor Grace Scheipeter discusses how Lights will look ahead to major life changes for Marjorie while also diving into Wendell’s mysterious past:

“Brenna has created a unique world you can’t help but want to live in with characters that feel like your own friends you’ve grown up with. In Lights, readers will relate to Marjorie’s experiences looking ahead to high school, and all the nerve-racking and scary parts that go along with the dynamics of friendships during that big life change. And readers will also get a glimpse into Wendell’s human life as a young child, something that adds a whole new level of imagination and whimsy – but also a true touch of melancholy – to this beloved character. Lots of fans have been eager to get Wendell’s full story before his life as a sheet ghost, and they’ll finally get to dive into that now when they read Lights.”

You can see Wendell revisit his childhood home in our exclusive preview below, read on for additional details on Lights, and be sure to visit Oni Press’ official website!

Marjorie Glatt’s life was forever changed the day she discovered a group of ghosts hiding in her family’s laundromat. One of those ghosts was Wendell: a lonely phantom turned Marjorie’s best friend. When he and Marjorie are joined by ghost enthusiast Eliza Duncan, the three friends band together in friendship, bravery, and all things paranormal.

Wendell died far too young and now must wander the Land of Humans with nothing more than a sheet for a body. He knows how he died—a tragic drowning accident—but lately he’s grown curious about his past life. He wants to know more about why he died, not just how he died. It’s not easy, though, since Wendell’s memory of his human life has grown increasingly blurry. With Marjorie and Eliza’s help, they set out on a journey to find out more. When they hear a rumor about Wendell’s death, they wonder if it might not have been an accident after all. Meanwhile, Marjorie and Eliza’s friendship is tested when Marjorie starts to befriend the very people who used to bully Eliza.

Lights will be available in paperback (ISBN: 978-1-63715-231-7), at both digital and physical retailers everywhere on September 6, 2023.

About the Creator

Brenna Thummler has always known her life is haunted. Much like Marjorie Glatt, she grew up in a small Pennsylvania town, where piano practice and ghost stories were part of her daily routine. It wasn’t until she attended Ringling College of Art and Design, however, that she realized her passion for storytelling (as well as her hatred of laundry). Now back in her hometown, she spends her days drawing, writing, and suspicious of her sheets.

About the Publisher

The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group is a premier comic book and graphic novel publisher located in Portland, Oregon. Merged with Lion Forge Comics in 2019 but established in 1997, Oni Press publishes a thoughtfully curated line of award-winning original and licensed graphic novels and comic books for readers of all ages. Notable titles from the Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group include: The Tea Dragon Society, Sheets, Gender Queer, A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, Scott Pilgrim, and Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty™.

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