At the end of last year, I found Lumberjanes in my local comic book store and my life changed!
Okay, I kid. But seriously - I haven't liked a comic so much in a long, long time.
I'm not a fan of macho superhero-type comics, that's why. Sadly (but less and less!) I feel like you have to really dig for the cute/cool/funny comics in the store. So far I've only read volumes 1 & 2 of this series, mostly because I can't find volume 3 at a store because I'm late to the party (and I also kind of want to savour them).
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen, chronicles the supernatural summer camp adventures of five friends (Jo, April, Mal, Molly & Ripley) who hang out at Lumberjane summer camp, located in the middle of some magical woods that are full of a bevy of supernatural beings. Described as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls" (which I've been told I have to watch - not Buffy, I just watched that all while finishing my thesis) and featuring "five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on It's refreshingly diverse and feminist, with it's giggle-inducing call-outs to Joan Jett and bell hooks and references to the redundant and the often boring activities of camp that vastly underestimate what girls are capable of, such as (although they can be fun to make) friendship bracelets. Who wants to do that when there's serious trouble to fend off?
“Mal, Molly, what in the Joan Jett are you doing?!”
It's so cleverly written it literally made me laugh out loud through the whole thing. It's so on pointe. I love that the girls are badass, fighting otherworldy things and having adventures in the outdoors, too. But mostly, I love it because there's a diverse cast of ladies - in personality type, body shape, and gender expression - and it's about being strong, together. Kick some ass and be friends, too? Yes please. I love the magical world of summer camp hijinx, and he text and patches that preface the stories really makes me happy, too. It's quirky, hilarious, and just plain smart & fun.
You can find them one by one at your local comic store (there are more than 25 issues, now!) or online - and they come all together in a gorgeous hardcover edition now, too. Go, read it! I can't wait to see what they get up to next.