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Specter Inspectors Mixes Paranormal Shenanigans, Cryptic Mysteries, and a Queer Love Story for Warm Fuzzies and Horror

BOOM! Studios has announced Spector Inspectors, a new original five-issue series in February 2021, from comics creators Bowen McCurdy and rising star Kaitlyn Musto, about a group of social media savvy ghost hunters who seek out supernatural hot spots in order to answer the ultimate question. . . are ghosts even real?!

True believer Noa, her cynical little sibling Gus, credulous camera man Ko, and Noa’s skeptical best friend (and secret crush) Astrid head to one of the most haunted towns in America to prove that ghosts exist, for all the social media likes! The investigations of hauntings uncover something more devilish than just a couple of ghosts, something that will put Noa and Astrid’s relationship to the test… and reveal the centuries-old sinister secrets of the town itself.

The oversized Spector Inspectors #1, featuring more than 30 story pages, will be available for sale in February 2021.

Spector Inspectors #1

Preview: Lumberjanes #75

Lumberjanes #75

(W) Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (A) Kanesha C. Bryant, Julia Madrigal (CA) Kat Leyh
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $6.99

END OF SUMMER Part Three!

Co-Creator & original series artist Brooklyn Allen returns!

With the campgrounds and cabins of Miss Qiunzella’s camp full to bursting with scared campers, cryptids, and literal wild animals, time is running out to save themselves from the Grey!

With camp director Rosie and Bearwoman Nellie losing control of themselves, and Diane off searching for godly help on Mount Olympus, the rest of the mortal Lumberjanes are the last hope to save their home-away-from-home!

Lumberjanes #75

Preview: Wicked Things #6

Wicked Things #6

(W) John Allison (A/CA) Max Sarin
In Shops: Nov 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

FINAL ISSUE With the attempted murder Lottie was framed for still under investigation, and the victim still in a coma, Lottie is running out of time to prove her innocence. And the police just enlisted Lottie for a sting operation at London’s best casino! Will Lottie be able to foil a heist, prove her innocence, and keep up her hair game in just one night?

Wicked Things #6

Get a First Look at the Lumberjanes Finale, Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at the Lumberjanes finale, Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1, from cartoonist Kat Leyh, co-writer and co-creator Shannon Watters, artists Kanesha C. Bryant and Alexa Bosy, as well as returning co-creator and series artist Brooklyn Allen, concluding the series in a special oversized issue.

In the final chapter of the “End of Summer” epic event, the brave campers and counselors of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types are in the fight of their lives against the mysterious force known as the Grey. Molly has discovered a deep and ancient forest magic which she hopes to use to protect her friends and the home they’ve all found at camp. But will she be strong enough to save everyone in the camp and the forest? Or is the all-encompassing, all-erasing Grey just too powerful for anyone to stop?

Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1 features cover art by series writer Kat Leyh, and artists Harriet Moulton, and Tillie Walden, will be available on December 2, 2020.

Lumberjanes: End of Summer #1

Skeletons From My Stack: Lumberjanes Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Lumberjanes Volume 1

Like most bibliophiles, I keep a stack of books by my bed that I one day plan to read. Unfortunately, between reading review materials, participating in reading challenges, books I’ve had on hold at the library for ages becoming available, and the lure of new books, that stack never seems to get any smaller. So I’ve decided to make an effort to finally tackle some of the books from my bedside “to-be-read” stack. So sit back and enjoy reading my thoughts on some of the skeletons from my book stack.

Lumberjanes is a series that has intrigued me for a long time. Brandy, the lady who owns my local comic book store, loves the Lumberjanes. It’s her favorite series. She’s got a discerning palate when it comes to comics, so a recommendation from her carries a lot of weight. Over a year ago, someone gave me a box of books. In that box was Lumberjanes Volume 1. I donated most of the rest of the books to charity, but I kept the Lumberjanes trade paperback. It has sat waiting on my stack until the day I got around to finally reading it. That day is today!

Five female best friends at a summer camp in the woods. Sounds like the plot of a slasher movie (or a porno). Sorry to disappoint fans of horror films (or porn enthusiasts) but Lumberjanes is a girl-powered fantasy adventure series. Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are spending the summer at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types. This is no ordinary summer camp. Mysteries lay nearby, waiting to be uncovered and the surrounding woods are full of fantastic and mythical creatures.

From the dialogue to the sight gags, this is a really funny comic book. The girls’ friendship really shines through. Their relationships are very endearing and stand out from the purposely ridiculous nature of the story. Each chapter is preceded by a section out of the Lumberjanes field manual. These excerpts tie into the events of each chapter and provide cute background info to the story. I really liked all the pop culture references contained within the dialogue. I also enjoyed all the references to famous women from history. Admittedly, I had to Google a few to realize who was being referenced, but that isn’t a bad thing. Any comic that inspires people to learn on their own is doing something right.

Artist Brooke Allen’s style reminded me a little of Captain Underpants. Except, she used darker inks and much fuller levels of detail. The colors are so vivid and bright that there were times where I considered wearing sunglasses to read this book. Even the scenes set at nighttime are given a rich vibrancy by Maarta Laiho’s color choices. I really liked how Allen draws faces. They convey emotion while retaining the elasticity and wackiness of a cartoon character.

Lumberjanes Volume 1 was well worth the wait. I’m glad I chose it as the first book to remove from my stack. This comic is geared toward young people, and the story is very silly. So although it’s suitable for all readers, it may not appeal to those used to more mature titles. The first volume contains a joyful adventure story full of heart and humor. I’m not sure if I’ll read any further into the series, but I do regret waiting so long to check it out. Lumberjanes made for a fun afternoon of reading. Now onto the next title in my stack…

Story: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis Art: Brooke Allen
Color: Maarta Laiho Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Story: 3.0/5.0 Art: 4.0/5.0 Overall: 3.5/5.0


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Preview: The Encyclopedia Lumberjanica Illus Guide

The Encyclopedia Lumberjanica Illus Guide

(W) Susan Coiner-Collier (A) Kaiti Infante, Kanesha C. Bryant, Julia Madrigal (CA) Kat Leyh, Chelsea Roberts
In Shops: Oct 28, 2020
SRP: $9.99

Step inside the world of the Eisner Award-winning Lumberjanes like never before with an illustrated look into the lives of the lady-types that the Lumberjanes have taken as their role models-along with fun facts and humorous insights from the Lumberjanes themselves!

From The Arts, Sciences, Activism, Politics, and Social Work to Groundbreakers and the Generally Rad, you’ll learn all about incredible figures such as Bessie Coleman, Juliette Gordon Low, Sally Ride, and more!

THE ENCYCLOPEDIA LUMBERJANICA is perfect for teachers and caregivers, and an unforgettable keepsake for Lumberjanes fans.

The Encyclopedia Lumberjanica Illus Guide

Preview: Giant Days Vol. 14

Giant Days Vol. 14

(W) John Allison (A/CA) Max Sarin
In Shops: Oct 21, 2020
SRP: $14.99

Return to Sheffield one last time as Daisy and Esther are about to graduate-with Susan there to cheer them on! But it’s not over yet, because one year later Daisy and Susan must join forces to save Esther from the head girls who’re making her life hell! And then it really might be time to say goodbye…

The critically-acclaimed team of John Allison (By Night) and Max Sarin (Wicked Things) conclude the Eisner Award-winning series with graduation, celebration, and a reminder that friendship is forever.

Collects Giant Days #53-54 and Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1.

Giant Days Vol. 14

Preview: Lumberjanes Vol. 3 True Colors

Lumberjanes Vol. 3 True Colors

(W) Lilah Sturges (A) Polterink (CA) Alexa Sharpe
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $14.99

New York Times best selling author Lilah Sturges and acclaimed artist polterink present the third and final graphic novel from the Eisner Award-winning world of Lumberjanes!

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.

But 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. So when she meets a Zebracorn with the ability to blend in anywhere, Ripley’s starts to think she should take on a new identity, one that looks more like everyone else.

Join Ripley as she goes on a journey to discover who she truly is, and reminds us that showing others your true colors can help you see theirs, too.

Lumberjanes Vol. 3 True Colors

Preview: Lumberjanes #74

Lumberjanes #74

(W) Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (A) Kanesha C. Bryant, Julia Madrigal (CA) Kat Leyh
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $6.99

END OF SUMMER PART TWO! The Lumberjanes are scattered across Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types as the dark force called the Grey is on a path for their camp! But with Ripley stuck in an alternate dimension to find her dinosaur, will the ‘Janes rally in time?

Lumberjanes #74

Lumberjanes Heads to HBO Max with an Animated Series

Lumberjanes #1

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the Eisner-winning comic book series Lumberjanes is getting an animated series on HBO Max.

Series co-creator Noelle Stevenson will write and executive produce the show. The comic series has been published by BOOM! StudiosBOOM! Box imprint.

While nothing is set in stone, if the project develops then it would start with an animated special that would then lead into a series.

Lumberjanes is about five friends, Apirl, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley, who all come together at the camp Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thilstle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. From there they get into all sorts of adventure.

Lumberjanes launched in 2014 and was created by Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Brooklyn A. Allen. The series has run for over 70 issues and 13 collections and graphic novels selling over 1.5 million copies of its trades. It’s won numerous awards including Eisners and the GLAAD award for outstanding comic. The comic has also lead to prose novels and an encyclopedia exploring the world.

A feature film was in the works at Twentieth Century Fox going back to 2015 but the purchase by Disney upended that project. With it being a hot property a bidding war erupted.

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