• Matt Ligeti

LUMBERJANES, VOL. 1


Writers: Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis

Illustrator: Brooke Allen

Publisher: BOOM! Studios


WHAT IS IT?

A Girl Scoutsy coming-of-age story of 5 friends investigating supernatural happenings and having fun at summer camp.

The Mary Sue was spot-on describing it as The Goonies meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer meets the Adventure Time aesthetic.

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? (Minor Spoilers)

Ripley, April, Jo, Mal & Molly are bunkmates at their summer camp. While out investigating something strange they saw before the book’s open, the friends end up encountering some strange, supernatural creatures.

As the team balances having fun at camp and trying to solve the mystery of the strange happenings in the area, they strengthen their bonds and grow together as friends.

But can they figure out why so many animals are aggressive and have a weird third eye? Or why a bunch of hipster yetis (who aren’t me) live in the woods? Or just what the junk is going on with the local boys summer camp?

WHAT WORKS?

  • It’s an all-female cast of characters and a wholesome, for-all-ages story that doesn’t feel like it’s pandering or patronizing

  • All the characters feel like they have their own distinct personalities and styles, and the dialogue feels fun and natural and organic

  • Multiple body types and nationalities are represented in the cast of characters

  • It even seems like two of the main characters may have a budding romance, but nothing overt happens, which readers may consider to be good LGBTQIA+ representation without sexualizing minors or any characters in general

  • References to strong women and pop-culture (see X-Men reference in the below image) are numerous and offer fun moments of discovery without penalizing anyone who doesn’t get the references

  • The supernatural stuff isn’t TOO supernatural – it really works for the story

  • It’s a page-turner that balances action and exposition without slowing down the narrative

  • The art is perfect for the characters’ ages and the young, adventurous tone of the book

WHAT DOESN'T WORK?

  • I found one page where there was an apostrophe where an apostrophe shouldn’t have been

  • I can seriously think of nothing else wrong with this comic because it is perfect


WHY SHOULD I READ IT?

It’s endearing and funny and empowering and fun and adventurous and good for people of any age to read. I can’t say enough great things about this comic and it just makes you feel good and happy, which is really important and necessary in times like these.

WHAT DO I READ NEXT?

If you like the writing:

  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

  • Moonstruck, Vol. 1 by Grace Ellis & Shae Beagle

  • Gotham Academy, Vol. 1 by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher & Karl Kerschl

If you like the art:

  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 2 by Stevenson, Ellis, Watters & Allen

  • Adventure Time, Vol. 1 by Ryan North, Braden Lamb & Shelli Paroline

  • Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir & Steenz

ABOUT THE CREATORS

Noelle Stevenson – Writer

  • Award Winner: Won her first Eisner award at 24 for her work on this comic

  • Wrote 4 issues of Runaways, and did the cover art for Fangirl, a book by current Runaways writer, Rainbow Rowell

  • Just got engaged to Molly Knox Ostertag!

Grace Ellis – Writer

  • Has also written for the animated web series, Bravest Warriors

  • Likes making mixtapes and exploring the great outdoors

  • Got her influence for Lumberjanes from riot grrl zines, Girl Scout handbooks and Gravity Falls

Shannon Watters – Co-creator

  • Multitalented: Is also the Senior Editor at BOOM! Studios and head of the publisher’s BOOM! Box imprint

  • Inclusivity-minded, wants to publish comics for everyone

Brooke Allen – Illustrator

  • Loves monster media and draws inspiration from her favorite monsters

  • Is part of the LGBTQIA+ community and strives to represent them in her work

Maarta Laiho – Colors

  • Multitalented: Also works as an illustrator for comics

  • Seems to love nature, since she has many houseplants and lives in the woods of Maine

Aubrey Aiese – Letters

  • Multitalented: Also does illustrations for comics

  • Enjoys hand-drawing her letters, something not all letterers do

HOW DO I BUY IT?

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