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Exclusive: A New Lumberjanes Graphic Novel Is Coming!

Lumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship

Lumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship is headed our way from BOOM! Studios—let’s take a look at the adventures in store.

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Lumberjanes: The Shape of Friendship will reunite writer Lilah Sturges and artist Claudia Rinofner (known as polterink), the creative team behind Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass. The best-selling, Eisner-nominated series, co-created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson, continues to be wildly popular with YA audiences—and The Shape of Friendship shows that the Lumberjanes still have many stories to tell. Here’s what we know:

The Lumberjanes are at it again, making trouble and making friends, all at the same time. This time their adventurous rambles take them deep into the woods, to the hiding place of a group of magical creatures known as Pookas. The ‘Janes are delighted to meet these magical beings and make new friends. But what they don’t know is that these isolated magical creatures are actually master shapeshifters and just itching for the chance to see what human life is all about.

Everything quickly goes awry as the Pookas decide to try life in the ‘Janes shoes and end up turning Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types upside down. Mal, Ripley, Molly, April & Jo will have to work together, using the power of friendship, in order to reclaim their lives and teach the Pookas that sometimes your best self is your true self.

Lilah Sturges is an Eisner Award-nominated co-writer of Jack of Fables, and a writer on titles like House of Mystery, Fables: The Wolf Among Us, Doctor Who, Thor, and Justice Society of America. Also forthcoming from Sturges will be The Magicians: Alice’s Story, a graphic novel set in the universe of Lev Grossman’s series. 

Austrian artist and illustrator Claudia Rinofner, a.k.a. polterink, worked on the previous Lumberjanes original graphic novel, Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass. Rinofner is also the creator of Crysalis, an online comic.

It’s an exciting time in the Lumberjane world, with the award-winning series also making the leap into middle-grade novels at Abrams Books and a movie currently in development at 20th Century Fox. The Shape of Friendship will hit comic book store shelves in November 2019.

(image: Alexa Sharpe/Boom! Studios)

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