If you’ve ever wondered why the inimitable Anne Bonny has never starred in her own comic, you aren’t alone. In fact, illustrator Kendra Wells wondered that very same thing in a series of tweets last year. Then author Sam Maggs slid into Wells’ DMs about teaming up on that exact project and now, they’re bringing their first OGN into the world. On Tuesday, Wells and Maggs announced Sirens of the Southern Seas, a fictionalized young adult graphic novel about the very real lives of Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
Publication is scheduled for fall 2020 through Abrams Books. According to a post from Maria Vicente, Wells’ and Maggs’ agent for the project, the OGN will introduce 16 year-old Bonny, “who decides to throw expectation to the wind and set sail on her own. Pretty remarkable, considering we’re talking about the year 1715.”
According to Wells and Maggs, Sirens of the Southern Seas will also explore the alleged romance between Read and Bonny. In the early eighteenth century, they challenged the legend that having women aboard brought bad luck down on ships.
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— Kendra⚔️🏴☠️ (@kendrawcandraw) March 12, 2019
— Sam ⚔️🏴☠️ (@SamMaggs) March 13, 2019
In addition to announcing the book and publication date, Wells and Vicente also shared preview panels. If you want more pirate content that isn’t Disney-based, look no further than Sirens of the Southern Seas.
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bustle, The Mary Sue, SheKnows, The Tempest, Rogues Portal, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is also the co-creator of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat women and non-binary creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Rhode Island with her partner and cats.