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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: Lumberjanes To The Max Edition Vol. 6 HC

Lumberjanes To The Max Edition Vol. 6 HC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters
Artist: Ayme Sotuyo
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Cover Design:  Scott Newman
Price: $39.99

This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner and GLAAD Award-winning series features danger, adventure, and life-long friendships. Get in on the fun with this brand-new adventure written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes) and illustrated by Ayme Sotuyo.

Collects issues #41-48.

Lumberjanes To The Max Edition Vol. 6 HC

Preview: Lumberjanes #72

Lumberjanes #72

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Kanesha C. Bryant & Julia Madrigal
Colorist
: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Cover Artist:
    Main Cover: Kat Leyh
    Preorder cover artist: Reimena Yee
Price: $3.99

Jo, Mal, Molly, Ripley, and April’s trek through the forest with camp director Rosie reaches its thrilling conclusion, as the gals narrowly survive a run-in with some creepy crawly vines! Plus, Abigail and Rosie finally reveal what they know about the story of first ever Lumberjane scout, and the unlikely way they both came to know her.

Lumberjanes #72

Preview: Lumberjanes #71

Lumberjanes #71

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios 
Writer: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh 
Artist: Kanesha Bryant & Julia Madrigal
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Cover Artists:
    Main Cover: 
Kat Leyh
    Variant Cover: Reimena Yee
Price: $3.99

When the ‘Janes find the long-lost diary of the first ever Lumberjane, they’ll learn more about the true history of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types! But are they ready for what they’ll find?

Lumberjanes #71

Preview: Lumberjanes #70

Lumberjanes #70

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Kanesha C. Bryant
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Cover Artists:
    Main Cover: Kat Leyh
    Variant Cover: Reimena Yee
Price: $3.99

As modern Lumberjane scouts Jo, April, Ripley, Mal and Molly head deeper into the woods, they’re joined by an unexpected figure from camp director Rosie’s past. Longheld secrets are revealed about the history of the Lumberjanes, the founding of camp, and even the origins of the forest itself!

Lumberjanes #70

Preview: Lumberjanes #69

Lumberjanes #69

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artists:  Kanesha C. Bryant, Julia Madrigal
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Cover Artists:
 
    Main Cover: Kat Leyh
    Preorder Cover: Reimena Yee
Price: $3.99

It’s time to discover what it really means to be a Lumberjane scout. As April, Jo, Ripley, Mal, and Molly look into the history of their beloved camp, they’ll have to investigate their camp director Rosie’s mysterious past!

Lumberjanes #69

Preview: Lumberjanes Vol. 13 SC

Lumberjanes Vol. 13 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Dozerdraws
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Cover Artist: Kat Leyh
Price: $14.99

The woods surrounding Miss Qiunzella Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types are home to more incredible magical critters and beings than anyone could possibly imagine…unfortunately, on this particular day, it’s pouring rain, and each and every ‘Jane has been tasked with just one job: stay inside, stay dry, and DON’T get into trouble. Confined to the Mess Hall, Jo and Molly give tabletop roleplaying a try, while Ripley, April, and Mal venture a little further afield after discovering a secret tunnel beneath the Kitchens…and the colossal prehistoric bug that lives there! Hey, they’re not technically outside, right?

Written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh (Super Cakes, Roadkill Witch), and illustrated by talented newcomer Dozerdraws, this New York Times bestseller, multiple Eisner-Award and GLAAD Award-winning series delivers the power of friendship and summer-time memories you’ll never forget!!

Collects issues #49-52.

Lumberjanes Vol. 13 SC

Preview: Lumberjanes #67

Lumberjanes #67

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist:  Kanesha C. Bryant
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Cover Artists: 
    Main Cover: Kat Leyh
    Preorder Cover: Sas Milledge
Price: $3.99

While Jo, Ripley, Mal, Emily and Hes from the Zodiac cabin are hiking through the woods in search of proof of extraterrestrial life, the rest of the ‘Janes are setting out on a hunt of their own, after Freya! The supposed goddess has catnapped Marigold and disappeared off into the forest. It’s up to Diane, April, and Molly to rescue Barney’s kitten!

Lumberjanes #67

Preview: Lumberjanes #66

Lumberjanes #66

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist:  Kanesha C. Bryant
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Cover Artists: 
    Main Cover: Kat Leyh
    Preorder Cover: Sas Milledge
Price: $3.99

The Roanoke and Zodiac alien search team up has uncovered something (or rather, someONE) unusual! Her name is Freya, and she says she’s a goddess, like Diane! Freya’s friendly and outgoing, and immediately super popular around camp in a way our favorite bratty ancient Greek can’t stand… she must be up to something! Right? Nobody’s that nice!

Lumberjanes #66

Preview: Welcome To Wanderland SC

Welcome To Wanderland SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jackie Ball
Artist: Maddi Gonzalez
Colorists: Nimali Abeyratne, Cathy Le, Maarta Laiho, Cristina Rose Chua, Rebecca Nalty, Kieran Quigley
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Maddi Gonzalez
Price: $14.99

Bellamy Muñoz is a Wanderland SUPERFAN, and she knows everything there is to know about the most “wander-ful” place on Earth. So when she winds up in the very real and very magical world the park is based on Bel is pretty sure she’s uniquely prepared for this situation. However, it soon becomes clear that Wander isn’t actually much like the theme park, and the characters Bel loves aren’t at all like she’d imagined…

Created and written by CYBIL Award-nominated writer Jackie Ball (Goldie Vance), and illustrated by Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Maddi Gonzalez (Elements: Fire), Welcome to Wanderland shows you a whole new world, and invites you along for the ride of your life

Collects the complete 4-issue series!

Welcome To Wanderland SC
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