When you have a famous grandmother, or in this case, a famous grandmother to the 5th degree, that even now she’s still remembered, of course you’re going to be named after her. Thus the story of Mary Shelley, the great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of famed horror author Mary Shelley, is told.
Writer/director/producer/actress Brea Grant gives voice to Mary Shelley, the young lady who seems to feel no connection to the world her great x 5 grandmother created, or the extraordinariness it has brought upon the name for the generations preceding her. But Mary sees herself as very plain.
In the graphic novel, Grant creates an exciting journey for Mary through her storytelling, with wonderfully moody illustrations by manga artist Yishan Li.
Check out the cover below, and some more info about graphic novel, writer, and illustrator.
About the Mary Shelley graphic novel
Everyone expects sixteen-year-old Mary to be a great writer. After all, her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother are all successful writers (as they constantly remind her)— not to mention her famous namesake, the OG Mary Shelley, horror author extraordinaire. But Mary is pretty sure she’s not cut out for that life. She can’t even stay awake in class! Then one dark and rainy night, she’s confronted with a whole new destiny. Mary has the ability to heal monsters… and they’re not going to leave her alone until she does. With the help of a mysterious (and mysteriously cute) stranger, a Harpy, a possessed stuffed bunny, and her BFF Rhonda, Mary must uncover her family’s darkest secret if she’s going to save the monster world… and herself.
About the Contributors
Brea Grant is a filmmaker/writer best known for co-writing/directing the apocalyptic feature, Best Friends Forever, and acting on shows like Heroes and Dexter and features like Halloween II and Dead Night. She has co-written two comic series — We Will Bury You, a 1920s zombie series, and The Suicide Girls, based on the popular website. She also wrote a short story for the collection Zombies vs Robots: This Means War! She wrote and created the series, The Real Housewives of Horror for Nerdist and most recently wrote and directed an episode of the Netflix show, EastSiders. As if she’s not busy enough, she also co-hosts a weekly podcast called Reading Glasses on the Maximum Fun network. You can currently see her award-winning short Feminist Campfire Stories on Funny or Die and her acting work on the series The Arrangement. She wrote and will star in a feminist slasher called Lucky later this year. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction and watching too much TV while pretending like it’s research. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Yishan Li is a professional UK/Chinese manga artist currently living in Shanghai. Yishan has worked with publishers such as Top Cow, DC, Darkhorse, Random house, Titan comics, Delcourt, and Dargaud. Her recent works include: HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1956 (Dark Horse); Paradox Girl ( Top cow/ Image); Buffy the High school years graphic novel (3 books, published by Dark Horse), Sugar ( Top Cow/ Image), Lady Di and Me (Glenat France) and Blue Beetle (DC Comics). She lives in Shanghai.
Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter hits stores Tuesday, October 6th. You can pre-order a copy at any of the following: