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Ananth Hirsh

Webster's first day of high school goes off the rails when he ends up at a back-alley rumble . . . FOR UNDERGROUND SPELLING! (What )

He's dubbed the Golden Kid, and from that moment on he's drawn into the world of underground spelling bees, where letters fly like shurikens and defeat is never an option. His talent is recognized by the mysterious and dashing Outlaw King, Khan, and the suave and plucky Black Queen, Bonnie, and they introduce to him the new challenge of no-holds-barred competitive spelling.

First released in 2013 by writer Ananth Hirsh (Lucky Penny) and artist Tess Stone (Not Drunk Enough), this new color edition comes with new cover art, freshly colored interiors (new colors by Fen Garza), and bonus material from the creators. Read and reread the frenetic tale of spelling bee battles, friendship, and the discovery of self-worth! As the Outlaw King says, "Word is bond."

Book Details

  • Publisher: Oni Press
  • Publish Date: Feb 18th, 2025
  • Pages: 176
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.36lb
  • EAN: 9781637156193
  • Categories: Comics & Graphic Novels - Action & AdventureComics & Graphic Novels - Humorous

About the Author

Hirsh, Ananth: - Ananth Hirsh is an award-winning author and designer who has worked with Oni Press, BOOM!, Dark Horse, Lerner Publishing, Red5, and more. His current focus is the Reuben Award-winning Barbarous, a comedy-drama involving magic and monster men.

Stone, Tess: - Tess Stone is a fan of comedy, horror, and really bright colors. He often tries to smash them all into one horrendously delightful package either in terms of writing or drawing. Or both. He also really enjoys sloths because they take life slowly and he's very jealous.

Praise for this book

"In a world where spelling bees are more dangerous than mixed martial arts and more popular than any sport ever devised, one group of ragtag spellers unite to destroy the secret society behind it all or die trying. Because losing a match surely means D-E-A-T-H!" That (or something very much like that) had to have been the pitch the authors delivered to Oni Press when they first talked about this book. This not-quite-our-world features a society built on the English language, where every class in high school is somehow related to the language arts (except for PE, of course), back-alley spelling bees exist for those banned from official matches, and a shadowy organization called the Spelluminati run everything and remove undesirables with swift efficiency. Words and letters can be (and often are) used as weapons in the right mouths (and occasionally hands) in videogame style matches where dichotomy can be more dangerous than thaumaturgy. While the world is interesting enough and the main characters engaging, the awesome cast of supporting characters is very enjoyable: they're other spellers who come with superhero names, great gimmicks and excellent, word-related backgrounds. My favorite is the Immortal, who is rumored to have been alive since the first spelling bee, and knows the meaning and history of every word thrown at him. Handselling Opportunities: Fan of magical realist comics like Scott Pilgrim, Sharknife, Street Angel and Suburban Glamour, among others (it's pure synchronicity that they all start with "S")."-- "Shelf Awareness"