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Exclusive: New ‘Lumberjanes’ Graphic Novel

Big news from BOOM! Studios this morning: There’s a new Lumberjanes original graphic novel in the works, to be titled Lumberjanes: True Colors. The creative team is writer Lilah Sturges and artist polterink, who collaborated on the two first Lumberjanes original graphic novels, Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass and Lumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship. Sturges describes the book:

“When a practical joke goes awry, Ripley suddenly finds herself the target of a lot of anger and frustration. Afraid that no one likes her anymore because she’s too different, Ripley runs away from camp… only to meet a capricious magical beast known as a zebracorn (it’s like a unicorn, but the ZEBRA version),” said writer, Lilah Sturges. “Convincing Ripley that being unique isn’t cool, it uses its magic to help her blend in, but before long Ripley blends in so well that she becomes invisible! Meanwhile, the Head Counselor from Lumberjanes International has come to grade Jen’s performance… but is she really on the up and up?”

The book is scheduled for October 2020 and will be published under BOOM!’s BOOM! Box imprint. The full press release is below.

BOOM! Studios Announces New Original Graphic Novel LUMBERJANES: TRUE COLORS 

Discover a Brand New Tale in the New York Times Best-Selling Series About Hardcore Lady-Types in October 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 24, 2020) – BOOM! Studios today announced LUMBERJANES: TRUE COLORS, an all-new original graphic novel by New York Times best selling author Lilah Sturges (Lev Grossman’s The Magicians), acclaimed artist polterink (Lumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship), and letterer Jim Campbell, taking Ripley – and us – on a journey to discover who she truly is, and reminding us that showing others your true colors can help you see theirs, too.

At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqual Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types, being yourself has a long tradition of being celebrated, and no one knows that better than Ripley, who has spent a summer going wherever the wind takes her. But sometimes going against the grain is starting to feel like she’s going against her friends, and Ripley’s not sure if being unique is all it’s cracked up to be. 

Lilah Sturges is the Eisner Award-nominated co-writer of acclaimed titleJack of Fables, as well as the writer for well-known series such as House of MysteryFables: The Wolf Among Us, Doctor Who, Thor, and Justice Society of America, as well as The Magicians: Alice’s Story, an original graphic novel set in the universe of Lev Grossman’s best-selling trilogy. 

“When a practical joke goes awry, Ripley suddenly finds herself the target of a lot of anger and frustration. Afraid that no one likes her anymore because she’s too different, Ripley runs away from camp… only to meet a capricious magical beast known as a zebracorn (it’s like a unicorn, but the ZEBRA version),” said writer, Lilah Sturges. “Convincing Ripley that being unique isn’t cool, it uses its magic to help her blend in, but before long Ripley blends in so well that she becomes invisible! Meanwhile, the Head Counselor from Lumberjanes International has come to grade Jen’s performance… but is she really on the up and up?”

Claudia Rinofner, known as polterink, is an artist and illustrator from Austria, a rising star and the innovative creator of the online comic series Crysalis

“This is such a beautiful, fun and heartfelt story, and I’m so happy to be a part of it!” said artist, polterink. “I can’t wait for people to get their hands on it!” 

Lumberjanes: True Colors will mark Sturges and polterink’s third original graphic novel collaboration in the beloved Lumberjanes franchise, joining Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass (October 2018) and  Lumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship (November 2019).

Launched in 2014 under BOOM! Studios’ YA-focused BOOM! Box imprint by series co-creators Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson, Lumberjanes was originally solicited as a limited series, but the overwhelming response from fans transformed it into an ongoing series that has become a New York Times best-seller, earned numerous nominations for prestigious awards including the GLAAD Media Award and the Eisner Awards (which it has won twice), and have even crossed over with heroes from the DC Comics Universe (in Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy). The Lumberjanes have expanded to middle-grade novels at Abrams Books, a diverse array of merchandise from pins to patches, and a feature film in development at 20th Century Fox.

“Ripley is a wonderful ball of energy who always throws herself headlong into whatever zany adventure the Lumberjanes have stumbled into, but even the most confident of hardcore lady-types can find it scary to disagree with their friends or be their authentic selves,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Lilah and polterink are here with an exciting and moving story about the youngest member of the Lumberjanes and how she deals with being true to herself while also being a good friend and a great Lumberjane!” 

LUMBERJANES: TRUE COLORS is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, home to groundbreaking original series such as Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; Smooth Criminalsby Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Leisha Riddell; Fenceby C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad; and The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes.

Print copies of LUMBERJANES: TRUE COLORS will be available in October 2020 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

For continuing news on LUMBERJANES: TRUE COLORS and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned towww.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. 

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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 E-Reader.com. 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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