After the crazy first issue of Boom Box!’s first new series that was The Midas Flesh, they have just announced a all new second series called Lumberjanes.
This series, written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis with art by Brooke Allen, will focus on five girls attending a scout camp where there is some creepy stuff in the woods that they will probably have to fight.
The series is being billed as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls,” and also promises that they at some point fight a yeti. If you are not on board yet, then I question your taste in awesomeness.
Lumberjanes is set to come out sometime this spring.
Noelle Stevenson, aka gingerhaze, joined Tumblr to share her fan art – comics based on movies like X-Men: First Class and Lord of the Rings. In the summer of 2011, she started posting “The Broship of the Ring,” a modern interpretation of the LoTR characters as hipsters and fratboys, and everything kind of … exploded. Stevenson’s online following shot way up, and since then, she’s landed an internship at a comics publisher and has signed with a literary agent.
She’s also been offered a contract to publish in hard copy her original webcomic project, Nimona – the story of aspiring supervillain Lord Ballister Blackheart, who never seems to get anywhere with his evil plots. That is, until he takes on a new sidekick, Nimona, a shapeshifter with poor impulse control who likes to solve problems by blowing things up. Nimona recently won the Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Webcomic of the Year by Slate Magazine and the Center for Cartoon Studies. It was also named one of io9’s top ten Best New and Short Webcomics of 2012. We had a chance to talk to Stevenson about breaking out and Hulking out.
How long have you been drawing?
I’ve been drawing pretty much as long as I can remember. It was a hobby of mine as a child, and I grew up and that was still what I wanted to do.
Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.
The ink is barely dry, but we are SO excited to announce that Noelle Stevenson will be returning to TCAF this year as a Featured Guest. And she’s debuting the collected version of her mega-hit webcomic, Nimona! Hot dog!
About Noelle Stevenson
Noelle Stevenson has been nominated for a Harvey Award, and was awarded the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Webcomic in 2012 for Nimona. A graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Noelle is the co-writer of the New York Times Best-selling series Lumberjanes. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism!
All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson, based on the web comic Slate called “funny and vibrant, with wonderful energy in Stevenson’s illustrations and a wicked wit in her storytelling.”
Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit…
Warm weather is (hopefully?) approaching, which can only mean one thing…SUMMER CAMP! The best camp around is definitely Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistlecrumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, home of the Lumberjane scouts. Mal, Jo, Molly, Ripley, and April are having the most normal summer ever—the only thing is, their “normal” is fighting monsters and solving mysteries! Everywhere the Lumberjanes turn, there is weirdness and strangeness, but with the power of friendship to the max, our favorite hardcore lady types can do anything.
In this first collected volume of the acclaimed Lumberjanes series, we get introduced to our heroines as they being to unravel the odd mystery invading their summer fun. In between dodging river monsters and their skeptical, rule-abiding camp counselor Jen, the girls do their best to earn some sweet merit badges and support each other along the way.
Lumberjanes is a great story for everyone, whether you’re a girl going off to summer camp for the first time, a grown up dude wishing he still had summer vacations, or a grandparent wondering what the junk is up with these kids and their new-fangled speech patterns. Get ready for the best fictional summer of your life and start reading Lumberjanes today!
Kara Szamborski supervises the international production team at comiXology and co-hosts the weekly podcast The comiXologist in a never-ending quest to help people find comics they’ll love reading. All this talk about summer camp is making her crave s’mores.