Boom! Box Jam: Preview New Lumberjanes OGN: The Infernal Compass

by Richard Bruton

All this week, Boom! Studios is showing off previews and news of a series of YA titles in the Boom! Box imprint with “Boom! Box Jam“. Today brings exciting news for fans of Lumberjanes with the preview of the first original graphic novel; Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass.

Since 2014, the Lumberjanes series, created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn A. Allen, and Noelle Stephenson, has sold an incredible million plus copies worldwide. It’s a huge comic book phenomenon proving yet again that the market for quality comic fiction, particularly for YA readers, is growing and growing.

When we first visited Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, the plan was that we’d only be there for eight issues. That was back in 2014, and since then the series has gone from strength to strength, with more than 50 issues of the comic published, multiple best-selling collections, and a middle-grade novel range from Abrams Books.

It’s a New York Times bestseller, there’s a film deal from 20th Century Fox, and the series has won a huge number of award nominations, including the GLAAD Media Award and the Eisner Awards (which it has won twice). The Lumberjanes success story shows absolutely no signs of letting up any time soon!

This October, you’ll be able to pick up the first original Lumberjanes graphic novel, written by Eisner Award-nominated writer Lilah Sturges (Jack of Fables, Justice Society of America) and artist polterink (Dressed for Death).

Featuring a cover from Alexa Sharpe, Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass presents a brand-new tale of fabulous adventures at the best Hardcore Lady-Type camp in the world!

The story focuses on Mal, Ripley, Molly, April & Jo becoming separated during an orienteering outing thanks to a the ‘Infernal Compass’ of the title. We’re told that the graphic novel features relationship problems for Molly and trouble for the ‘Janes when a nefarious explorer, complete with ‘some weirdly polite automaton butlers’ attempts to steal the compass.

Dafna Pleban, Senior Editor, Boom! Studios describes what to expect in The Infernal Compass as:

My favorite stories are love stories – and I can’t imagine one sweeter than what Lilah and polterink have created for Mal and Molly. Whether you’re one of the millions of Lumberjanes fans worldwide or new to this incredible world, everyone will find themselves with goofy grins on their faces as they turn each page of LUMBERJANES: THE INFERNAL COMPASS.

Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass will be heading to your local comic book store or digital comics site in October 2018. But before then…enjoy the fabulous preview!