Oni Press has announced the much-anticipated release date for graphic novel Lights, on September 6, 2023. Lights follow the events of Sheets and Delicates, bringing Brenna Thummler’s characters, artwork, and ghostly charm back to life in the third and final installment of the Sheets trilogy. In Lights, Wendell will finally uncovers the truth of his human life. Marjorie and Eliza will learn that some people really can change. Most of all, they start to see that everything can cast shadows, but if you look hard enough, you can find the light. For more information on the Sheets trilogy visitOni Press.
“Lights takes a small step outside of where the first two books have been, into a space that’s more snowy, sad, and suspenseful,” says creator Brenna Thummler. “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.”
“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,” says editor Grace Scheipeter. “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.”
Thummler’s work has been celebrated both by critics and the community including Sheets was selected as one of Barnes & Noble’s Best Books of 2018 followed by Delicates accolades including an American Library Association 2021 nominee for Best Graphic Novels for Children and a 2021 Cybil Award nomination.
Oni Press offers up an official synopsis as follows:
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.