A brand new series from BOOM! Studios arrives next month called Lumberjanes, and it looks awesome.
Here’s what the publisher themselves have to say about it:
Written by Noelle Stevenson (Nimona) and Grace Ellis, and illustrated by Brooke Allen (A Home for Mr. Easter), LUMBERJANES follows the quirky, spooky adventures of five campers as they fight crazy critters, solve mysteries, and enjoy “friendship to the max!”
Also described as Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls, the series simply looks incredibly fun. Take a look at some cover art below.
It’s not a huge surprise that it seems to draw some inspiration from Adventure Time and Regular Show, considering BOOM! has seen great success with both of those comics recently. It makes me really happy to see them branching out in this area because the primary market for those comics is kids, and we all know the comic book market isn’t too friendly for children right now. Lumberjanes could be the start of a new resurgence of independent all-ages comic books.
Lumberjanes is being released under BOOM! Box, which is a new creator owned imprint. It was designed as a place for experimental and fun comic books that bring in talent from webcomics and other areas outside of the direct market. I think this is a fantastic idea as there’s an absolute wealth of talent in webcomics alone who bring in huge audiences, but don’t have any presence in the traditional comic book shop. It’s very smart of BOOM! to make an active attempt to bring some of those people in. They already pulled it off with The Midas Flesh, now it looks like they’re setting up another hit with Lumberjanes.
I also have to take a moment just to reflect on how awesome the name is. I mean c’mon, Lumberjanes! While we reflect, here’s some more cover art:
As well as yeti’s(!) there’s apparently lots of unique, original monsters that the team will encounter in the series, which the flying, unicorn moose-things in the cover art above do seem to imply.
Another high-five worthy fact about the series is that it’s got an all-female cast. You don’t need me to tell you about the lack of female characters in comics, or media at large sadly, so a comic filled with diverse depictions of girls is one worth celebrating. Comics are for everyone, so we need series’ like Lumberjanes that actually reflect that.
Lumberjanes #1 drops on April 9th, be sure to head out and pre-order it if you don’t want to miss out.