Lumberjanes, created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson, is turning 50 in May. Not 50 years. 50 issues. But in the modern comic book industry, where reboots lurk around every corner, 50 issues is a big deal! To celebrate, BOOM! Studios is going to party like only the comic book industry knows how to copy: with variant covers. Lumberjanes #50 features a main cover by Kat Leyh, two connecting variant covers by Veronica Fish, and the pièce de résistance, a wraparound foil variant cover that contains both of the other two Veronica Fish variant covers in one decadent masterpiece.
In a press release, BOOM! boasts of the impressive achievements of Lumberjanes, which has sold nearly a million copies worldwide and “brought countless new fans to comics.” BOOM! touted Lumberjanes‘ New York Times best-seller status, its GLAAD nominations, its Eisner wins, its merchandising expansion, and a Fox film deal. Lumberjanes #50 will be oversized, and here’s what you can expect:
In LUMBERJANES #50, from writers Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh and artists Dozerdraws & Brooklyn Allen, join April, Mal and Ripley as they make several very cool and also pretty gross discoveries deep in the tunnels beneath the Mess Hall. Up above in the civilized world, Jo and Molly join Emily, Diane, and the Zodiac cabin for a fun and totally chill game of total world conquest! This issue also contains a special short story illustrated by Brooklyn Allen.
“It remains stunning that the series has made it this far. I’m humbled every day by the chance that we’ve been given because readers embraced and loved this series and these characters. What a gift, what a journey,” said Shannon Watters in the press release. “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
“We would not have been able to make it to fifty issues of Lumberjanes if it wasn’t for the readers that have found, read, and supported the book. This comic is a labor of love comic born of love – for best friends, for making memories and, most importantly, for who you are inside,” said BOOM! editor Dafna Pleban. “We’re celebrating 50 issues of friendship in the way that only Mal, Ripley, Molly, April and Jo can…which means LUMBERJANES #50 is gonna be unlike any anniversary comic you’ve ever read.”
The issue hits stores in May. Check out the covers below: