Just two months after announcing that Lumberjanes would delve deep into the comic book speculation market with a foil wraparound cover, BOOM! Studios has just revealed plans to appeal to intellectuals by spinning off a Lumberjanes Original Graphic Novel, a form of comic book known for its superb literary and cultural value. Lilah Sturges will write Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass with art by polterink and a cover by Alexa Sharpe. The premise:
Mal, Ripley, Molly, April, and Jo become separated during an orienteering outing thanks to a mysterious compass. While Molly begins to feel more and more insecure about the effect of her relationship with Mal on the other girls, a lonely woman explorer is trying to steal the compass… with the help of some weirdly polite automaton butlers, of course.
Here’s what everyone had to say in their obligatory press release quotes:
“I’ve been a huge fan of Lumberjanes since precisely April 8, 2017 — I know because that’s when I started tweeting about how great it is. It’s not just that it’s fun and funny and charming–and it is all those things–but it also represents queerness in a way that I think is enormously important. In the world of Lumberjanes being queer is simply accepted and unremarkable, and I respond deeply to that,” said writer Lilah Sturges. “The idea of giving young people models of healthy queer relationships is something that really matters to me, and something I could have used myself when I was young.The inspiration behind the story was a conversation with Lumberjanes editor Dafna Pleban about the relationship between Mal and Molly and what it must have been like for them getting together. First love is a fraught, tender thing, and we loved the idea of focusing on the fears and anxieties the come with starting a relationship in an existing friend group. The rest of it was coming up with the funnest, Lumberjane-iest possible means of expressing that conflict in a big way that also includes interesting artifacts and cool monsters and lots of friendship and yelling and feminist exclamations.”
“Lumberjanes is such a special series with it’s cast of awesome ladies, it’s inclusivity and wonderful storylines that take me right back to my days exploring the woods as a kid,” said artist polterink. “So of course I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of creating even more stories in the Lumberjanes universe! Are there gonna be monsters? Mysteries? Wonders? Who knows, but it’s definitely gonna be a great new adventure!”
“We’re incredibly excited to continue exploring the world of Lumberjanes in this new graphic novel — with all the adventures in the main series, we sometimes miss the chance to slow down and spend time with the ‘Janes in their most formative moments. With this first graphic novel, we get to spend time with Mal and Molly and the rest of the ‘Janes on an adventure fans won’t want to miss!” said Dafna Pleban, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Lilah and polterink are an absolute dream team for any fans of Mal, Ripley, Molly, April & Jo, bringing a new dimension and perspective to their adventures.”
Look for Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass in stores in May.