Lumberjanes Celebrates 50 Issues In May

by James Ferguson

There are few comics that are consistently well done as Lumberjanes from Boom! Studios. This May, the all-ages title will reach its 50th issue. The landmark issue will be oversized and will pay tribute to the Mal, Ripley, Molly, April, and Jo and all of their adventures at Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hardcore lady-types.

Lumberjanes #50, written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh and illustrated by Dozerdraws and Brooklyn Allen, will see April, Mal, and Ripley make some very cool and also pretty gross discoveries deep in the tunnels beneath the Mess Hall. Meanwhile, up above in the civilized world, Joe and Molly join Emily, Diane and the Zodiac cabin for a game of total world conquest. Also included is a special short story illustrated by Brooklyn Allen.

Shannon Watters says:

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. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Since it launched in 2014, it’s sold almost a million copies. I just bought a copy of the first trade paperback for my 5 year old son to give to a friend for her birthday. Lumberjanes began as a limited series under the Boom! Box imprint from co-creators Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson. The response was so positive that it was expanded into an ongoing and now they’re about to hit a monumental 50 issues. There’s also a feature film in the works from 20th Century Fox.

Dafna Pleban, Editor, BOOM! Studios added:

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. 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.

Lumberjanes #50 will feature a main cover by Kat Leyh, connecting variant covers by Veronica Fish, and a special wraparound foil cover connecting both of the Veronica Fish variants.