In June 2021, you can uncover the shocking truth about Magical Girls in Save Yourself! written by Bones Leopard, illustrated by Kelly & Nichole Matthews, and lettered by Jim Campbell… and today, you can get your first look at the upcoming series, right here at The Beat!
The four-issue series follows Gigi, who (like everyone else on the planet) idolizes the Lovely Trio, the team of heroes who first appeared five years ago to fight monsters. But when Gigi witnesses something she can’t ignore during a Lovely Trio battle, it throws her whole perception of the world into question!
This is Leopard’s first single issue series, and their first graphic novel, Pandora’s Legacy, which was also a collaboration with Kelly & Nichole Matthews, was previously published by BOOM! Studios.
Save Yourself! series artists Kelly Matthews and Nichole Matthews are twin sisters whose previous work includes illustrating Just Beyond: Welcome to Beast Island by R.L. Stine for BOOM! Studios imprint Kaboom! You’ll be hearing their names a lot in the next few months, as they also illustrated the graphic novel adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House: The Graphic Novel: Dinosaurs Before Dark, which will be available from RH Graphic on May 4th, 2021.
In addition to a main cover by series artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews, the first issue will also have a variant by Stephanie Gonzaga (Ducktales) and Kevin Wada (DC Pride: Wonder Girl).
If you’d like to learn more about Save Yourself!, you can read the official press release from BOOM! Studios in its entirety below, beneath the preview pages.
Save Yourself! #1 will be available about your local comic shop in June 2021. Will you be mounting a quest to pick it up for yourself? Let The Beat know, either on social media @comicsbeat or in the comment section!
Brand New Magical Girls Series SAVE YOURSELF! From BOOM! Studios
Discover the Shocking Truth About the Magical Girls You Thought You Knew in a New Series in June 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 17, 2021) – BOOM! Studios today announced SAVE YOURSELF!, a truly magical new four-issue original series from the team behind Pandora’s Legacy, writer Bones Leopard (Identical) and artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews (R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond), that’s perfect for fans who grew up loving magical girls and are ready to step in and save the world, no matter who they have to face, available in June 2021.
What if Magical Girls aren’t Earth’s champions after all? The world’s most beloved heroes Aoe, Thel, and Gen, better known as the Lovely Trio, first burst onto the scene five years ago when they saved Earth from a surprise space monster attack! Since then, everyone–including Gigi, whose brother died as a bystander in a Lovely Trio battle–idolizes them as superheroic pop icons. But when Gigi witnesses the Lovely Trio battling a monster firsthand, she sees something that causes her to question everything she thought she ever knew about her heroes!
Bones Leopard has been part of several successful Kickstarter projects as both a writer and an artist with [Super]Natural Attraction and Pandora’s Book of Monsters. BOOM! Studios published their first graphic novel Pandora’s Legacy and is now publishing Bone’s first single issue series in Save Yourself!
“SAVE YOURSELF! is a passion project that I’m so excited to finally bring to life. I’ve always wanted a chance to combine my love for magical girls with my love of kaiju, and once Kelly and Nichole Matthews were onboard with their fantastic art, I knew it was going to be an amazing ride,” said Leopard. “I hope everyone who reads this enjoys it as much as I loved writing it.”
Kelly and Nichole Matthews are twin sisters (and totally not four cats in a trench coat) who work as freelance comic book artists and illustrators just north of the Emerald City. They’ve drawn Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Power of the Dark Crystal, Pandora’s Legacy, Just Beyond: The Scare School, and Toil & Trouble from BOOM! Studios and Magic Tree House: The Graphic Novel: Dinosaurs Before Dark from Random House.
“We’ve wanted to work with Bones again since Pandora’s Legacy and SAVE YOURSELF! finally gave us that opportunity. We’re excited to show our take on a world filled with alien fights and magical girls!” said Kelly and Nichole Matthews.
SAVE YOURSELF! #1 features main cover art by series artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews, a Magical Girl variant cover by acclaimed director and artist Stephanie Gonzaga (Ducktales), and variant cover art by fan favorite illustrator Kevin Wada (DC Pride: Wonder Girl).
“There’s a wonderful alchemy that takes place whenever Bones, Kelly, and Nichole are building a world together, instantly enveloping you in a lush universe of distinctive characters you immediately fall in love with,” said Shannon Watters, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “And what’s more delicious than magical girls gone bad? Nothing.”
SAVE YOURSELF! is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, home to groundbreaking original series such as Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson; Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera and Celia Moscote; Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; Specter Inspectors by Bowen McCurdy and Kaitlyn Musto; The Last Witch by Conor McCreery and V.V. Glass; Ghosted in LA by Sina Grace and Siobhan Keenan; The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes; Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad; Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams; and Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers.
Print copies of SAVE YOURSELF! #1 will be available for sale in June 2021 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.