It's really starting to look like 2014 is the year of the giant, oversized offbeat anthology comic. Not only have we gotten books like Cosmic Scoundrels and Giant-Size Kung Fu Bible Stories, but today, Boom! Studios announced the latest offering from their creator-owned imprint, the Boom! Box 2014 Mix Tape, and it already looks amazing.

Clocking in at an oversized 8.5 x 11", the Mix Tape is set to include a pretty impressive roster, including covers by Teen Dog creator Jake Lawrence and a new Lumberjanes story written  by Noelle Stevenson, and a new story from the award-winning team behind Adventure TimeRyan NorthShelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. And if that wasn't enough, we have an exclusive look at character designs for four short stories by Rian Sygh, including Teen Prez, which may actually be the Sensational Character Find of 2014.

Boom! Box is, of course, the Boom! Studios imprint that brought us Midas FleshLumberjanes and Teen Dog, so I feel pretty safe in saying that they have a pretty strong track record going into a big anthology that's meant to show off their roster of creators. That said, I'm more into these truly bonkers high concepts we're working with here.

Sygh's designs are for four of the stories included in the 48-page one-shot: Worst Witchesby Paul Maybury, Teen President by Eryk Donovan, Port-a-Potty by Stefan Toshef and Punk Rock Grandma by Alexis Ziritt. Yes. Punk Rock Grandma. There hasn't been a title that great since... Well, since Teen Dog, I suppose. That one's pretty hard to top.

 

 

Another cover by Jake Lawrence

 

Design by Rian Sygh

 

Design by Rian Sygh

 

Design by Rian Sygh

 

Design by Rian Sygh

 

Design by Rian Sygh

 

Design by Rian Sygh

 

Design by Rian Sygh

 

Here's the full solicitaiton:

BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1
Written and Illustrated by Maddie Flores, Paul Maybury, Ryan North, Noelle Stevenson, Eryk Donovan, Becca Tobin, Jake Lawrence, John Kovalic, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Rob DenBleyker, and more
Format: 8.5" x 11", 48 pages, full color
Price: $9.99

WHY WE LOVE IT:  You ever think of a story that you’d love to tell, but can’t think of a home for it? Well, those stories go to this sweet little orphanage for eccentric tales, called THE MIX TAPE. We gathered the best of the best, reached out to our favorite artists and storytellers, and created this oversized, deluxe love letter for you.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you’re loving THE MIDAS FLESH, LUMBERJANES, TEEN DOG, and CYANIDE & HAPPINESS, and are excited for our comics adaptation of the MUNCHKIN card game, delve into a world of like-minded stories! From the wacky to the touching, you’ll never know what you’re going to get. Here's a hint: a brand-new LUMBERJANES story written and drawn by Noelle Stevenson and the first-ever MUNCHKIN comic by John Kovalic.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: We reached out to a bunch of our favorite creators with one mission in mind—to bring original, unconventional characters and stories to life. THE MIX TAPE is an eclectic collection of stories based on characters that are anything but your average lot. Talking hamburgers, misunderstood ghosts, and punk rock grandmas are just the tip of these stories that are best described as “off the beaten track.”

The Boom! Box 2014 Mix Tape will be available in December.