In April, Boom! Studios will publish A Girl In The Himalayas, an original graphic novel by new talent David Jesus Vignolli about a young girl whose unexpected arrival in the magical land of immortal beings threatens the sanctuary’s very existence. Debuting April 2018 through their Archaia imprint, A Girl In The Himalayas was submitted through the open submissions portal of Archaia, an imprint of Boom! Studios, and the title caught the attention of the publisher’s editors with its artwork and themes of inequality, love, and the chaos that lives in human hearts.
“In many ways I feel like I wrote this story to be published by Archaia,” says Vignolli. “There’s something magical and fairy tale-like about the Archaia brand to me, and A Girl In The Himalayas a modern fairy tale—a perfect match!”
In A Girl In The Himalayas, beyond the peaks and valleys of the Himalaya mountains lies a magical sanctuary that is home to immortal beings and mystical creatures. It’s a realm protected from the chaos of man. But when a young human, Vijaya, is brought into the sanctuary for her protection, the immortals fear her presence may lead to their ruin. While Vijaya makes new friends and sees wonders beyond her wildest dreams, mankind draws ever closer to the sanctuary’s borders. To protect her friends and earn her place, Vijaya will have to prove that there is more to being human than the violence her new family fears beyond their borders.
“I imagined how a small girl who got lost in the mountains would feel and what kind of adventures she could have,” says Vignolli, who has traveled to the Himalayas. “ A Girl In The Himalayas for me is a story of empowerment about a girl who wants to find her place in a world full of challenges and danger. It’s about losing a home and finding a new one; it’s about fitting in, being accepted by the group. But it’s also about remaining truthful to oneself. I hope the reader will dive in into this strange world and won’t want to leave it after the last page.”
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