Please Enjoy Some Croy

Shay’s Story, the manga-style graphic novel telling the Uglies story from Shay’s POV, comes out February 28, 2012. Also known as 56 days from now!

During this eight-week countdown, I’ll be treating you to reveals of all the characters, one per week. We will be voting each week about what character to show, but because Croy would win all the votes, we’ll’ just start with him.

Here are three images of the same panel, showing the pencils, inks, and toned stages that every page goes through. And yes, I get to comment at every stage. Quality control!

Without further ado, I offer you Croy on a hoverboard:

The art is by Steven Cummings, who you can follow on Twitter, or check out on Deviant art. The toning and lettering are by Yishan Li. Text by me and Devin Grayson.

You can pre-order Shay’s Story at Indie Bound,, or Amazon. Or purchase it on February 28 at bricks-and-mortar stores everywhere.

74 thoughts on “Please Enjoy Some Croy

  1. Jeeze, February can’t come fast enough! I totally can’t wait for the GN to come out! Perfect timing too as I just started reading the series to my hubby to get him into it! (We just finished Uglies!) I can’t believe it’s been over 5 years since I’ve read the series…but it’s just as good as I remembered it 🙂

    Though I gotta say, the manga look makes everyone look too “cute” to be “ugly”! How do we tell them apart from the Pretties? :3

  2. Ahh!!!!
    Uglies manga!! *_*
    I’m sooo starstruck! I can’t wait for February !! 😀
    I’m reading the series to my lil sis :3
    She calls me Zalyz-la lol she’s too cute!!! (:
    I swear I want my manga to come already!!!!!!! /:
    But I guess I’m going to have to wait like all the other Uglie fans out there
    Oh well

    LONG LIVE SHAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  3. Hmm… I’m not really a manga person, but I’ll admit that I’m excited about this 🙂 I’m so getting it when it comes out. BUt I’m more looking forward to the Manual of Aeronautics. *drools* Oops. You didn’t see that…


    Haha, I will admit that I am slightly more excited for the Manual of Aeronautics, but Shay was always my favorite in Uglies, so I am excited for this. 😀

  5. @ 10- * high fives you! *
    Though that guy on the hoverboard thingy looks cool…..
    So I will soon read Uglies.

  6. @12-what is wrong with you? Its Scott-la westerfeld!!!!! Febuary cant come fast enough!!!!! YA 13th COMMENT

  7. EPPP! Oh my gosh so bubbily-making!
    Thank you Mr. Westerfeld-la!
    I really needed something to cheer me up today,
    and now I’m all “eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    @15 I think that the girl might be Astrix.

  8. Awesome! Uglies manga is going to be so epic. Also, you’re totally right, Scott. We so would have voted for Croy. xD

  9. @simplyRonnie:

    Don’t get me wrong. I loved the Uglies series. That’s what got me reading YA. And I really loved Shay, too. It’s just that I’m not a fan of manga or anime.

  10. Just pre-ordered this yesterday at Chapters! (Canadian book store)
    Haha, I like how his Ugly nickname is Freckles 🙂

    It`s weird how everything`s been so Leviathan lately, and now it`s Uglies again! 🙂

  11. AHHHHHH! THAT IS AWESOME. I’ve convinced my dad to take me on his first visitation day after it comes out to the book store (since my mom hates book stores and refuses to take me…) so I’ll be getting it March 1st, I believe. Or February 29. WHATEVER THURSDAY IS FOLLOWING IT’S RELEASE!! :DD

  12. I thought this was coming out in APRIL! That’s absolutely fantastic, now I have two great things coming out in February to look forward to!

  13. @38- yea we are!!!!!
    @27- ya I know its nice that uglies is still alive…..
    UGLIES LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. “Take the coaster straight past the gap,
    until you find one thats long and flat,
    cold is the seae and watch for breaks,four days later take the side you despise,
    watch in the flowers for fire-bug eyes,
    once they’re found enjoy the flight, wait on the bald head until it’s light.”
    – Shay-la,Uglies

  15. woops didn’t finish I meant to say (BANG BANG I memorized that the first time I read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  16. Anyone else notice the ‘Skinny’ sticking out from the other panel? That’s Shay’s nickname. So perhaps that’s Shay in the panel?

  17. @38 and @32
    No! I don`t want to hurt the feelings of Uglies fans, but I actually like Leviathan better. 🙂
    I was just making a comment about it

  18. Show Zane-la PLEASE!!! I miss him *sobs quietly* y’all know what’s weird?! His last words to Tally-wa were “are you okay?” now look at him!*sobs once more*

  19. Ah, I LOVE art-reveals! God, this makes me want to read Uglies. Based on everybody here’s comments it’s a superb series, but I’ve always kind of dismissed it, mainly because I usually don’t like futuristic novels or movies. But perhaps my preconceived notions are false; perhaps it’s a true gem of that characteristically mediocre genre, like V For Vendetta. Hopefully…

    “This land is your land; this land is my land. From California, to the New York Islands. From the red-wood forests, to the Gulf-Stream waters, this land was made for you and me.” – Woody Guithrie

  20. I wanna see Zane-la too!! 3:
    I miss the days when I first read Uglies. How exsided I was to fin out what happened next and I was always agitated and agrivaded I true to read slowly but one min im starting the book then before I know it I’m reading ‘Face it Tally-wa your special’ I’m all like wow that went by fast so I’m like sooooo friggen happy this manga book is coming out 😀

    Oh and I hear The Uglies movie is coming out in November 2012 😀
    The director is John Davis.
    Props for John D for bringing Uglies to life!!!!!
    THE SMOKE LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!

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