‘Lumberjanes’ comic a runaway success in first year

If years are marked in the comic book industry by San Diego Comic-Con, then the annual event last week was the bookend to an incredibly successful year for the Lumberjanes comic and creators Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen and Grace Ellis.

The comic about a group of girls who experience the supernatural while away at scout camp picked up two prestigious Eisner awards at Comic-Con, one for Best New Series and Best Publication for Teens.

Launched in April 2014, the trade paperback of the 13-issue Volume 1 released this April is already on its fourth printing and has sold more than 60,000 copies, according to a report in Publishers Weekly about comic sales rising 10 percent in the first half of 2015.

Hollywood has taken notice too of the Boom! Studios series: 20th Century Fox has a live-action adaptation listed among its priority projects. In coverage of the Eisner Awards, the LA Times credited Lumberjanes with leading a youth movement in its headline.

Stevenson, who has left the team “for the time being” to work on other projects, said she wasn’t completely surprised by the response in an interview in June.

“So I was very pleased and I was very excited by the response, but I think that we were all doing this because we knew as kids we would’ve wanted this,” she said. “It wasn’t so much a surprise to me, I don’t think.”

Lumberjanes No. 16 just released. The trade paperback for Volume 2 is due out October 20. Click here to pre-order on Amazon.


Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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