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First Look: ‘The Great Wiz and The Ruckus’


Get ready to read! Today we have a 20-page first look at The Great Wiz and the Ruckus, an original graphic novel by Joey McCormick (Adventure Time) and colorist Whitney Cogar (Steven Universe), which will be published by BOOM! Studios under their KaBOOM! imprint in February 2019.

We broke the news when this graphic novel was announced, and we interviewed McCormick at the time. Here’s a taste:

What’s a Wiz, and how are they different from you and me?

A Wiz is a magical being whose mission is to protect the realm from things in the world that are a bit too much trouble for mortals to deal with. It’s the story of a young, hot-headed hero who must conquer a great evil.

Full press release is below the preview. Enjoy!






















It’s Time To Save The World With an Epic Wizard Team Up in February 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 18, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today unveiled a first look at THE GREAT WIZ AND THE RUCKUS, an all-new original graphic novel by cartoonist Joey McCormick (Adventure Time), with colors by Whitney Cogar (Steven Universe) and arriving in stores February 2019.

Red, a blind Wiz, is tasked with gathering the Wiz’s of the realm so that they can destroy the Ruckus, a great and terrible darkness that is threatening to take over the world! Red’s quest brings together some of the greatest Wiz’s around, Bog Wiz, Sad Dad, and Feather Duster, but they soon realize that the fate of their world will fall on the shoulders of Bean, a young Wiz who is too strong, too hot-headed, and too untested to be any real help.

But even if Bean isn’t quite ready to be the hero the world needs, Red must bring the young Wiz and this odd band of heroes together to save the day or the Ruckus will plunge the world into darkness!

“THE GREAT WIZ AND THE RUCKUS has all everything you could want in an adventure – lovable heros, awesome friends and an epic tale of good versus evil,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Joey has created an exciting new world of magic that shows us what we sacrifice to achieve our goals, but even more importantly, all that we gain from doing it with friends by our side.”

THE GREAT WIZ AND THE RUCKUS is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of award-winning comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Rugrats, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Dodo by Felipe Nunes, Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and Brianne Drouhard, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, Ruinworld by Derek Laufman, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

Print copies of THE GREAT WIZ AND THE RUCKUS will be available for sale on February 13th, 2019 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one), on February 19th, 2019 at bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For more on THE GREAT WIZ AND THE RUCKUS and more from KaBOOM!, please visit and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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