Here’s a nice comics crossover sory you don’t hear every day: Lumberjanes, the popular graphic novel series from Boom!, has been sign up for a series of four middle grade prose novels, with award-winning YA novelist Mariko Tamaki writing them and Lumberjanes co-creator Brooke Allen doing illos. Amulet, a kids imprint at Abrams will publish the series and the first book has an announced 150,000 first printing. More Lumberjanes projects and more team-ups with Boom! are planned.
Since launching in 2014, the Lumberjanes GN series has sold more than 800,000 copies worldwide, and it’s still i development as a feature film, with Emily Carmichael to direct.
Created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen, Lumberjanes follows a group of girl scouts who fight supernatural menaces. The novels will reveal back stories for the cast and introduce new monsters.
An aggressive marketing campaign for the Lumberjanes novel series is planned, including joint promotion with BOOM! studios, Comic-Con promotion, national publicity, author appearances, retail promotion and a large social media presence.
“We are huge fans of the Lumberjanes and are so excited to extend the beloved, action-packed, and inclusive world of the comics into the world of middle-grade fiction and beyond. We can’t wait for existing fans and new readers alike to dive into the epic new adventure that Mariko and Brooke have created,” said Abram Children books publisher/svp Andrew Smith. “We also look forward to announcing further collaborations with BOOM! Studios in the coming months.”
“Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen created something incredibly rare with Lumberjanes, a series that has not only been critically acclaimed and a sales phenomenon, but a property that has ushered in widespread changes throughout the comic publishing industry,” says Sablik. “They and everyone at BOOM! love the books ABRAMS publishes and couldn’t be more excited to see Mariko and Brooke extend the world of Lumberjanes for middle-grade readers and beyond.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.