A Young Girl Finds A Place To Belong In ‘All My Friends Are Ghosts’

by James Ferguson

Boom! Studios has announced All My Friends are Ghosts, a new original graphic novel that’s sure to speak to readers of all ages. Written by S.M. Vidaurri and illustrated by Hannah Krieger, the comic follows a young woman as she figures out what makes her special and helps others to be seen for who they are. Here’s the write-up from the publisher:

Effie is lost, and feels like a ghost. She skips school because she doesn’t think anyone will notice, and doesn’t feel like she belongs, or that school offers her anything that she wants. Simply, she has stopped trying. One day, when she realizes that no one will notice, she escapes from her every day life… and discovers a ghost school in the nearby woods. But just as she’s beginning to learn all about the amazing things that ghosts can do – like possession, poltergeist-ing, demon magic and more – Effie is asked by her new friends to help track down a mysterious spirit that’s been spotted. But if Effie’s going to succeed, she’ll not only have to show her friends that she’s got something special,but also learn to believe she’s got it too.

All My Friends are Ghosts sounds like something that would have spoken to me as a kid and even now as an adult. Who hasn’t struggled with figuring out their place in the world? This is a theme that’s near and dear to my heart so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for this book.
Writer S.M. Vidaurri says:

As a creator, it’s been so much fun to watch Effie as she battles monsters and homework, and finds that making friends with a poltergeist is easier than catching the bus. Hannah’s art really brings the ghosts to life and creates a dynamic, enthralling world for kids to discover. We can’t wait to share Effie’s adventures with everyone!

All My Friends are Ghosts will be published under Boom! Studios’ KaBoom! imprint alongside other titles geared towards middle grade and younger readers.
Artist Hannah Krieger added:

I’m thrilled to be drawing All My Friends are Ghosts with Shane-Michael Vidaurri behind the wheel; his writing is evocative with a big dash of fun. It is such a treat to be working on a book about social misfits, for social misfits. These characters are heartfelt and hilarious, and I hope you enjoy following their journey as much as I have!

All My Friends are Ghosts features a cover by interior artist Hannah Krieger.
Matthew Levine, Editor, Boom! Studios says:

For some, a school for ghosts may sound like a nightmare but for Effie, who’s lonely and just wants to find people who’ll accept her as she is, it’s a place where she can finally feel like herself. S.M. and Hannah do an amazing job of creating this magical, impossible world that’ll ring very true for anyone who’s ever dreamed of escaping their daily life to go find adventure and friendship, even if it shows up in the most unexpected places!

All My Friends are Ghosts is set for release in April 2020.

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