Media Release — If Penny Brighton didn’t have bad luck, she’d have no luck at all. She lost her job. And her apartment. In the same day. But it’s okay, her friend has a cozy storage unit she can crash in. And there’s bound to be career opportunities at the neighborhood laundromat—just look how fast that 12-year-old who runs the place made it to management! Plus, there’s this sweet guy at the community center, and maybe Penny can even have a conversation with him without being a total dork. Surely Penny is a capable of becoming an actual responsible adult, and if she can do that her luck’s bound to change! Right?
Why It’s Neat:
Originally serialized in Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota’s webcomic Johnny Wander, read Lucky Penny in it’s full entirety in print and fully toned.
Lucky Penny is perfect for fans of Scott Pilgrim, another slice-of-life comic about a kinda-sorta horrible yet lovable loser!
We’ve all been that unlucky loser who can’t talk to a cutie without being a total dork.
What people are saying:
“I LOVE IT. Penny is a human disaster after my own heart!” Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, Lumberjanes)
“Lucky Penny is so much fun… This comic is perfect.” Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, THE LAST OF US: American Dreams)
“In Lucky Penny, Yuko and Ananth have created something rare—a book whose demented energy and ebullient charm hang in perfect balance. Seldom have a series of misadventures been so joyously navigated, so skillfully drawn, and so sweetly written.” John Allison (Bad Machinery, Giant Days)
“Penny’s insecurities navigating a budding romance with the nerdy yet lovable Walter come across as authentic and comical (especially when she imagines scenarios inspired by clichéd romance novels). The situations Penny finds herself in are at times fantastical, but readers can relate to her reactions, which are a mixture of awkwardness and sincerity.” School Library Journal
“[…] [Hirsh and Ota are] in perfect sync, delivering drily funny dialogue and outlandish visual comedy that plays with conventions of film, manga, and geek culture […] Penny’s idiosyncratic exuberance carries the day, and her hapless attempts to get her life in order should hit home with a broad range of readers.” Publishers Weekly starred review
“[…] this graphic novel succeeds on the ability of Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota to bring Penny and the other characters to life in a simple, quirky, charming way. […] Penny is a poor soul who makes bad decisions, but she’s lovable throughout, and memorable even after the last page has been read. The graphic novel universe should consider itself lucky to have her.”
(W) Ananth Hirsh
(A/CA) Yuko Ota
Age Range: 13 and up
Genre: Comedy, Romance