Earlier this week, Boom Studios announced The Backstagers, a brand new young adult series by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh that delves into the mystical and magical world that lives behind the theater curtain, and stars the stage crew of a private boys school. As the play comes together around them, no-one else knows how weird and wacky things can get backstage, and not even the crew themselves know what they'll stumble onto next.
ComicsAlliance caught up with Tynion and Sygh to talk about the world of The Backstagers, creating all-ages fiction for people that need it, and teen romance. Also, we've got a ton of early development sketches by Sygh, and three covers to The Backstagers #1 by Veronica Fish, Bridget Underwood and Rob Guillory!
Boom Box, Boom Studios' young adult imprint, has been one of the go-to places for top quality comics that not only provide representation for people who often don't see themselves reflected in the stands at their local store, but also provide excellent stories in and of themselves. The likes of Goldie Vance, Jonesy and Giant Days are some of the most consistently fun and exciting comics being published right now, and today we learned of a brand new series joining the fold.
Announced as part of a piece at The New York Times celebrating the imprint, Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh follows a group of theater crew kids from an all-boys private school who get whisked away to an alien world. The new series is described by the Times as a mirror image of the acclaimed hit seriies Lumberjanes, and promises to be just as diverse, welcoming, and exciting.
Boom Studios' imprint Boom Box has been setting the standard for young adult comics, with hit series like Lumberjanes and The Midas Flesh connecting with readers of all-ages. This week sees the release of Goldie Vance, a brand new Boom Box series by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams about an aspiring teen detective who grew up at the hotel where her father works.
ComicsAlliance caught up with the creative team to talk about the genesis of Goldie's creation, their collaborative process and Goldie's love of cars, plus Boom Box provided an exclusive preview of Goldie Vance #1 with covers by Brittney Williams, Marguerite Sauvage and Jen Wang.
Every year, the GLAAD Media Awards aim to celebrate the best of LGBT-inclusive media and the people producing that work. This weekend at a ceremony in Los Angeles, winners for the 2016 awards were announced, with Boom Studios’s acclaimed Lumberjanes taking home the award for Outstanding Comic Book.
The teen detective genre is getting a shot in the arm with the announcement of Goldie Vance, a miniseries written by Hope Larson, who recently adapted Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time, with art by Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat's Brittney Williams. The series comes this April from BoomBox, Boom Studios' "Hey talented people, do what you want" imprint.
The series follows 16-year-old Marigold "Goldie" Vance, who lives in a Florida resort managed by her father, and hopes to become the resort's resident detective.
Tyson Hesse's Diesel is the story of Dee Diesel, a young aviator who loses her father's airship to a rival and receives a serendipitous invitation to adventure --- that she may not be ready to accept. Diesel promises to be a beautiful and thrilling coming-of-age story. It started out as a webcomic, but it's been revised and relaunched for print courtesy of Boom Box, and we have an exclusive preview of next week's debut issue.
I've heard tales of Northampton, and because of those tales I have never visited. No, I'm sure it's fine; a picturesque town in the heart of England. It's probably not at all the dangerous and vengeful place it's hinted to be in this prevew of Giant Days #6 by John Allison and Lissa Treiman, which sees university friends Esther and Daisy on the search for the third of their cohort, Susan, in the unfamiliar territory of her home town.
Boom Box's print version of Madeleine Flores' webcomic Help Us, Great Warrior sadly reaches its conclusion next week with issue #6. The series tells the charming tale of a brave (and great!) warrior who looks kinda like a jellybean, who protects a whole village full of people who look kinda like jellybeans from all sorts of terrible and wonderfully designed threats.
As the final issue opens, Great Warrior and the villagers have been dumped into the dark land of Demonside. The situation looks bleak for our bean-shaped pals, but Great Warrior has one last awesome power up in her pocket that may be enough to save the day. (It's a metaphorical pocket; I don't think she has any actual pockets.)
Giant Days #4 comes out this week, and it looks to be another hilarious issue of the entertaining series about college friends. One of the gang turns 18, and that means it's time for a party... but with less drinking than you would think, given that they live in England. Plus, hilarity over zine bootlegs! Writer/creator John Allison and artist Lissa Treiman look like they've really hit their stride together. Check out ComicsAlliance's exclusive preview!
Boom Box, the imprint from Boom Studios that encourages creators to let loose with their wildest ideas, has been on an incredible roll recently. New comics from artists and writers like Noelle Stevenson, John Allison, Ryan North, and Jake Lawrence have seen the imprint go from strength to strength, in many cases taking some of the best webcomics talents out there and bringing them into print. That streak looks set to continue, as ComicsAlliance can exclusively announce that webcomic creator Tyson Hesse will brings his series Diesel to Boom for a four-issue miniseries in September.
The story of a young girl and her airship, the series follows Dee Diesel in a coming-of-age story set high up in the skies. The daughter of a world-famous pilot, she's grounded when her greatest rival takes her father's airships and zips off into the clouds. All seems lost until, from nowhere, a mysterious new ship crashes down in front of her and offers her the chance to fly. It's a beautiful, brilliant story, and ComicsAlliance got to speak to Hesse about how it got off the ground.
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