There was a time when "Part Time Punks" DJ and writer Michael Stock and artist Sina Grace came up with a pretty imaginative story. That story was about the ever-curious Penny Dora and the unexpected gift that arrives on her doorstep. The book i Penny Dora & the Wishing Box and this new fantasy adventure series will begin in November from Image Comics with a special 28-page first issue.
Stock cited his daughter for first inspiring him to write about Penny Dora’s adventures. “Penny Dora is actually based on a story my daughter Nico wrote when she was 8 years old for her school paper. The first issue is basically an expansion of her original story. Since then the story has grown through talks we had in the car on the way to school in the mornings via a playful papa/daughter back and forth game of 'what if.' The cat in the book, Iggy, is based on our cat (also named Iggy, and also a great lover of ham).”
One day, a young girl named Penny Dora discovers a mysterious box on her front doorstep. It is a magic box with the power to grant wishes...but what she’s about to unwrap is the darker and creepier meaning behind the old adage, “be careful what you wish for.”
Grace added: “The minute I read Michael's scripts for the series, I was absolutely enchanted by Penny Dora and her world. It's been a dream to breathe life into the adventures of fantastic and charming characters. I can't wait for the world to see!”
Penny Dora & the Wishing Box is an whimsical retelling of the Pandora myth and an all-ages fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin. Eisner Award winning cartoonist Hope Larson provides the alternate cover for the first issue and lettering for the series. Penny Dora & the Wishing Box #1 (Diamond Code SEP140583) arrives in stores on November 5 and will be 28 pages of story available for only $2.99. Cover B by Larson will be available to pre-order with Diamond Code SEP140584.
Full press release below.