Championess is based on the true story of Elizabeth Wilkinson, a female bare-knuckle boxer in 18th century London. Elizabeth, reimagined as half-Indian, and her sister Tess struggle to make ends meet and cover Tess’s debts. While Elizabeth works odd jobs at the local newspaper, the only way she knows how to make enough money to help them survive is her true passion, bareknuckle boxing. With Tess’s support, Elizabeth trains at the boxing facility of one of the most famous retired boxers and the only real fight promoter of any notoriety, James Figg. As Elizabeth trains with Figg and James Stokes, she confronts her personal demons of what destroyed her family and comes to terms with being the first half-Indian female boxer in a white male world.
Writers: Kelly Zekas & Tarun Shanker
Artist: Amanda Perez Puentes
Editor: Legendary Comics’ Nikita Kannekanti
Legendary Comics YA’s forthcoming graphic novel, Championess, is to be adapted into a television series by new UK-based production company Watford & Essex. In November, the formation of Watford & Essex, the joint venture between Legendary Entertainment and acclaimed showrunners Emma Frost and Matthew Graham (“Life On Mars,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “The White Queen,” “The Spanish Princess,” “Doctor Who” and “The Man In The High Castle”) was announced. The company launched with a slate of ten projects in development including Championess.
Publication date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Publisher: Legendary Comics
Imprint: Legendary Comics YA
Format: Original Graphic Novel
Page Count: 232
Age: 14-18 years
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Tarun Shanker (writer) is a mild-mannered assistant by day and a milder-mannered writer by night, currently living in Boston. His idea of paradise is a place where kung-fu movies are projected on clouds, soul music fills the air and chai flows freely from the fountains. He is the co- author of the These Vicious Masks trilogy with Kelly Zekas.
Kelly Zekas (writer) lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and dog, splitting her time between working as an office manager by day and writer by night, weekend, and lunch break. When not working, she can be found boxing, hiking, or devouring a romance novel. She is the co-author of the These Vicious Masks trilogy with Tarun Shanker.
Amanda Perez Puentes (artist) is a Venezuelan illustrator and comic artist. She received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Concordia University in Montreal. She now lives in Toronto with her partner and two very spoiled rats.