Paper Planes – A Story of Self-Discovery

Coming in May of 2023, we’re pleased to welcome our newest title, Paper Planes, to the Maverick family! Author Jennie Wood (A BOY LIKE ME, FLUTTER) and artist DOZERDRAWS (LUMBERJANES, THE LAST SESSION) unfold a tale of two lifelong friends reckon with the tragedy that bonds them, the futures they’ve jeopardized, and the sacrifices they’ll need to make to become the people they truly want to be.

Paper Planes is the first story Eisner award-winning author, Jennie Woods, has written since coming out as non-binary. In fact, Dylan is the first non-binary character they’ve created, which Woods mentions has been a gift. This coming of age story comes straight from the heart of its creators, as the friendship between Dylan and Leighton, is inspired by Jennie’s grade school friendship.

Author Woods and Artist Dozerdraws include diverse representation, not only with the inclusion of different races and ethnicities, but also with class differences. Paper Planes touches on many themes in a playful tone, with its main focus landing on forgiveness, friendship, and self discovery.

Author: Jennie Wood – Artist: Dozerdraws – Letterer: Micah Myers – Editor: Erica Schultz

Summary: High schoolers Leighton Worthington and Dylan Render have always been inseparable, but when they’re both shipped off to a summer camp for troubled youth in the aftermath of a tragic event, their lifelong friendship is put to the test.
Neither ‘chose’ to be there, but they’ll need a positive evaluation from the camp to avoid being sent away, so they can continue attending high school with their friends.

The challenges of camp pushes the once-inseparable Dylan and Leighton onto personal journeys of self-discovery that force them to re-examine the incident that threatens their futures, explore the friendship they have shared for so long, and discover the type of person each of them truly wants to be.

Meet the Creators!

Jennie Wood – Author (They/Them)
“Paper Planes has been a gift. The project gave me the opportunity to explore an intense grade school friendship soon after I found out that a close childhood friend of mine passed away. Grade school friendships have a unique place in our lives, I think in part because those relationships rarely survive the transition to high school. This story is about that more innocent time, the time right before high school, right before everything changes. Paper Planes also allowed me to a write my first non-binary character while I was coming out as non-binary. In addition, it provided the chance to collaborate with a wonderful creative team — Dozer, Erica Schultz and everyone at Maverick / Mad Cave — during a time when I felt so isolated due to the pandemic.”

Instagram: @jenniewoodndid

DOZERDRAWS – Artist (They/Them)
“As a nonbinary creator „Paper Planes“ is what I would have loved to read during my teen years. I am more than happy that I could help bring this emotional and very personal story to life.”

Instagram: @littledozerbaby | Twitter: @littledozerbaby

Sneak Peek!

We’ve got your first look into the pages of our newest upcoming original graphic novel! Click through to check them out below!

Paper Planes is now available for pre-order from the official Maverick website, and will be available at your favorite book shop, comic book store, or digital reader in May 2023! Be sure to mark your calendars!


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