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Mad Cave Studios Goes Maverick with a New YA Imprint

Maverick logo

Mad Cave Studios has announced its all-new young adult graphic novel imprint, Maverick! The lineup, which will kick off Fall 2021, includes bi-monthly releases from industry veterans and talented newcomers, featuring titles: Nightmare in Savannah; World Class; Needle & ThreadGood Game, Well Played; Of Her Own Design.

Mad Cave’s very own Editor-in-Chief, Chris Sanchez, will be overseeing every Maverick title and working closely with the editorial staff as well as the creatives behind each title.

Check out what’s coming to comic store shelves soon!


Nightmare in Savannah

(W) Lela Gwenn (A/CO/CA) Rowan MacColl (L) Micah Myers 

Football is a religion where Adrian “The Colombian Cannon” Molina comes from, and thanks to his wicked right leg he has a clear shot at the promised land of the European Junior Leagues. But when a football scout offers him a full scholarship to an elite prep school in London, the news seems too good to be true. His enrollment hits a snag upon meeting the team’s star striker, Titan Evans. Titan is everything Adrian is not — rich, powerful, and connected. Most of all, Titan possesses a hunger to dominate the pitch no matter who or what stands in his way. The constant fighting, teasing, and bullying intensifies Adrian’s crippling anxiety as he is constantly concerned for his spot on the team. All of that changes the day Luciano DeSilva, the team’s star midfielder, takes him under his wing and gives Adrian the confidence to be himself and value not only his position on the team but in the world.

Nightmare in Savannah

World Class

(W) Jay Sandlin (A/CA) Patrick Mullholland (CO) Rebecca Nalty (L) Justin Birch

Football is a religion where Adrian Molina, aka The Colombian Cannon, comes from, and thanks to his wicked right leg, he has a clear shot at the promised land of the European Junior Leagues. But when a football scout offers him a full scholarship to an elite prep school in London, the news seems too good to be true. His enrollment hits a snag upon meeting the team’s star striker, Titan Evans. Titan is everything Adrian is not — rich, powerful, and connected. Most of all, Titan possesses a hunger to dominate the pitch no matter who or what stands in his way. The constant fighting, teasing and bullying cause Adrian to experience crippling anxiety as he is constantly concerned for his spot on the team. All of that changes the day Luciano DeSilva, the team’s star midfielder takes him under his wing and gives Adrian the confidence to be himself and value not only his position on the team but in the world.

World Class

Needle & Thread

(W) David Pinckney (A/CO/CA) Ennun Ana Lurov (L) Micah Myers

Choosing between living the life you want and living the life your “supposed to” is not always an easy choice. Noah, embracing his truest-self, wants to pursue a career in costume design, something his loving, but traditional, parents would never approve of. Azarie, the perfect, model daughter of a very stern, political family, dreams of embracing the hobbies she secretly loves, hobbies her social circle would never abide by. The two live different lives and their social statuses keep them from ever crossing paths until they have a chance encounter that exposes some common ground: the desire to live the life they’ve chosen for themselves. Together, the two set out to put it all on the line and show everyone who they really are and what they want to achieve through the unlikely medium of cosplay. Their friendship will be tested and their faith in themselves and each other will be tried, but by staying true to themselves they discover that they truly need each other.

Needle & Thread

Good Game, Well Played

(W) Rachael Smith (A/CO/CA) Katherine Lobo (L) Justin Birch

It’s 2005, and Sienna is really not looking forward to flying back into her hometown to say goodbye to one of the people she called family. Though that feels like a lifetime ago.

It’s 1999. And Sienna is looking forward to what is shaping up to be the Perfect Summer in her Perfect Life. She has a job working in the local video game store, Game Champ, with her four best friends, and that’s how it was going to be forever… At least that’s what they thought, until Jason Silver, the money-hungry landlord threatened to shut down the store. Now, the kids must work together to save Game Champ, but with Art’s huge crush on Sienna, Jo’s crippling self-doubt, Sid’s obsession with his band, and Hope’s mysterious living situation getting in the way… how likely are they to succeed?

Good Game, Well Played

Of Her Own Design

(W) Birdie Willis (A/CA) Jess Taylor (CO) Stephanie Palladino

In the small town of Holden, sixteen-year-old Brie Page has been struggling with a tremendous bout of writer’s block. And that’s a problem. One of many she has, actually. Parents that constantly fight, her former best friend/current bully Viv Kinsley, and the gorgeous new girl Kay Ardiger are causing a bit of stress. Brie used to hide from it all by creating her own fictional worlds and stories, but all of that seems so far away now.

All of that changes when an unexpected encounter with a mischievous bookseller, Ambrose Chance, leaves Brie with a magical pen. One that breaks through her writer’s block and causes her stories to flow onto the page… Too bad the whole town of Holden had to get caught up in it too when her stories come to life. Now, when the most important people in her life are stuck in fantastical tales, Brie needs to save them by diving into her worlds and facing her worries head-on. Which would be fine… if only she was better at writing endings.

Of Her Own Design

Discover the True Story of Trailblazer Rachel Carson

BOOM! Studios has announced a new graphic novel in the series Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers, an original graphic novel series from a group of acclaimed comics creators including Jasmine Walls, Bex Glendining, Birdie Willis, Rii Abrego, Anthony Oliveira, and Killian Ng. This brand new graphic novel series illuminates the triumphs and struggles of important historical figures who aren’t found in traditional textbooks, but deserve to be remembered for their contributions to humanity and their inarguable strength and courage in the face of impossible odds.

In Seen: Rachel Carson, from writer Birdie Willis and artist Rii Abrego, meet the woman who changed the way America fought against environmental crises through her bestselling books, ultimately spurring the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Seen: Rachel Carson will be available for sale in March 2021.

Seen: Rachel Carson

Preview: Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies

(W) Birdie Willis (A) Rowan MacColl (CA) Keezy Young
In Shops: Aug 19, 2020
SRP: $14.99

Greg, Wirt, and Beatrice are ready for a break from the danger and excitement of their journeys through The Unknown. Luckily, they stumble upon a quaint little town full of theaters and stages but no players or musicians, leaving it mercifully quiet… but maybe a little too quiet.

When a charming young woman offers Greg and Wirt the roles of a lifetime in the play at her family theater, as well as a place to stay, they decide to audition for the production and test out their acting chops. But who exactly are the three stage sisters running the show and where is everyone else in the town?

Collects the complete 4-issue series.

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies

Discover the True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers in New Graphic Novel Series Seen

BOOM! Studios has announced Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers, an all-new original graphic novel series debuting in September 2020 from a group of acclaimed comics creators, including Jasmine Walls, Bex Glendining, Birdie Willis, Rii Abrego, Anthony Oliveira, and Killian Ng. This brand new graphic novel series illuminates the triumphs and struggles of important historical figures who aren’t found in traditional textbooks, but deserve to be remembered for their contributions to humanity and their inarguable strength and courage in the face of impossible odds.

Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers will be published through the company’s award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, with each original graphic novel spotlighting a different trailblazer who changed the course of history. In this new series, you’ll find the stories of the real groundbreakers who impacted our world for the better. They’re the heroes— the inventors, the artists, the activists, and more—whose stories you won’t want to miss.

In the first graphic novel of the series, Seen: Edmonia Lewis, writer Jasmine Walls and artist Bex Glendining present the true story of Edmonia Lewis, the woman who changed America during the Civil War by becoming the first sculptor of African-American and Native American heritage to earn international acclaim.

Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers
Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers

Preview: Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #5

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #5

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Birdie Willis
Artist: Rowan MacColl
Colorist: Dean Stuart
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artists:  

    Main Cover: Keezy Young
    Preorder Cover: Missy Peña
Price: $3.99

The curtain rises as Greg and Wirt are forced into what could literally be their final performance! The longer the play goes on, the more the two brothers lose of their souls. Will they be able to escape in time, or is it curtains for Greg and Wirt?

Preview: Over The Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #4

Over The Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #4

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Birdie Willis
Artist: Rowan MacColl
Colorist: Dean Stuart
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Keezy Young
Preorder Cover: Missy Peña
Price: $3.99

It’s opening day for their play, but Greg and Wirt find they can’t remember any of the words! In fact, they can’t remember any of the song they’ve sung recently. Wirt starts to panic about his missing songs, and Greg finally realizes that Beatrice is missing. Will the two brothers be able to save her in time?

Over The Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #4

Preview: Over The Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #3

Over The Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #3

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Birdie Willis
Artist: Rowan MacColl
Colorist: Dean Stuart
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover: Keezy Young
    Preorder Cover: Missy Peña
Stencil Variant Covers: Gavin Fullerton
Price: $3.99

Beatrice uncovers the truth behind the theatre, but is discovered and captured before she can tell the brothers! Will they be able to find her in time, or will the show go on?

Over The Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #3

Preview: Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #2

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #2

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Birdie Willis
Artist: Rowan MacColl
Colorist: Dean Stuart
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover: Keezy Young
    Variant Cover: Gavin Fullerton
    Preorder Cover: Missy Peña
Price: $3.99

Greg and Wirt begin rehearsals at the strange theatre they found, and it seems like it’s going well! No matter what Beatrice says, there’s nothing ominous going on here, just your standard abandoned theatre in the middle of the woods. Nothing to worry about.

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #2

Your First Look at Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1 (of 5), set in the world inspired by the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network animated series, Over The Garden Wall, and written by Birdie Willis and illustrated by Rowan MacColl, available on August 7, 2019.

In their strange and rambling quest to find a way out of the mysterious woods and back home to their ordinary lives, brothers Wirt and Greg, along with their friend, a talking bird named Beatrice, stumble upon an odd town full of stages, musical shops, and theaters but not a single person in sight. When Greg breaks out into song on stage in the eerily silent village, he finds an audience of one who then draws them all into the performance to end all other performances…

BOOM! Announces Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies

BOOM! Studios has announced Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies, a brand new five issue limited comic book series set in the world inspired by the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network animated series, Over The Garden Wall, written by Birdie Willis and illustrated by Rowan MacColl. Greg, Wirt, and Beatrice wander into a theater town and take center stage in a play that might not end the way they expect, available in August 7, 2019.

Greg, Wirt, and Beatrice are ready for a break from the danger and excitement of their journeys through The Unknown. Luckily, they stumble upon a quaint little town  full of theaters and stages but no players or musicians, leaving it mercifully quiet… but maybe a little too quiet. When a charming young woman offers Greg and Wirt the roles of a lifetime in the play at her family theater, as well as a place to stay, they decide to audition for the production and test out their acting chops. But who exactly are the three stage sisters running the show and where is everyone else in the town?

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies
Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies
Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies