BOOM! Pubwatch: September 2020

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Happy Fall everyone! Though the weather this summer has been absolutely gorgeous, I have to admit I’m a little excited about the fall too. The leaves are just starting to turn here and walks in our neighbourhood have become so pretty. There’s also the return of the fall Starbucks drinks and I may have already consumed a couple of Salted Caramel Mochas. Fall also means there’s a number of new comics in store for us, including this month’s featured comics, An Unkindness of Ravens and the first in the new series, Seen, about marginalized trailblazers throughout history.

News Stories

The Sacrifice of Darkness Virtual Tour

A few months back we shared the news that BOOM would be publishing an all-new comic by Roxane Gay based on one of her short stories. Well, the release of that comic is just around the corner (October 21st to be precise) and a virtual tour is kicking off from October 27-December 15th. I personally love all the virtual events lately, as they make me feel connected to the comics/books communities while still remaining safely at home.

The Sacrifice of Darkness, Rebecca Kirby, BOOM! Studios 2020

The full list of events is:

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Powell’s Books (Portland, OR), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Powells

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 5:30pm PST: Hosted by Literati Bookstore (Ann Arbor, MI), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Literati

Monday, November 2, 2020, 5:30pm PST: Hosted by Porter Square Books (Cambridge, MA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.
Click here for more info: https://www.portersquarebooks.com/

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 5:30pm PST: Hosted by Solid State (Washington, DC), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.
Click here for more info: https://www.solidstatebooksdc.com/

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Bookbar (Denver, CO), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.
Click here for more info: https://www.bookbardenver.com/

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 7pm PST: Hosted by Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Aunties

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 5pm PST: Hosted by Harvard Book Store (Boston, MA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.
Click here for more info: https://www.harvard.com/

Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.
Click here for more info: https://www.vromansbookstore.com/

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Bookworks (Albuquerque, NM), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Bookworks

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Everett Public Library (Everett, WA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_Everett

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 6pm PST: Hosted by Mysterious Galaxy (San Diego, CA), with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.
Click here for more info: http://bit.ly/SacrificeTour_MystGalaxy

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 5pm PST: Hosted by Astoria Bookshop (Astoria, NY), , with special guests Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby.
Click here for more info: https://www.astoriabookshop.com/

Lumberjanes Series Finale

In some sadder news, earlier this month BOOM announced that the beloved series, Lumberjanes, after six fabulous years, would be coming to an end this December. The series will conclude with a giant-size issue, Lumberjanes: End of Summer, by cartoonist Kat Leyh (Snapdragon), co-writer and co-creator Shannon Watters, artists Kanesha C. Bryant (Encyclopedia Lumberjanica) and Alexa Bosy (Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green #1), as well as returning co-creator and series artist Brooklyn Allen.

Lumberjanes End of Summer #1, cover by Tillie Walden, BOOM! Studios, 2020

Lumberjanes: End of Summer will find the campers and counsellors of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types fighting a mysterious force known as the Grey. Molly might have the solution when she discovers a deep and ancient forest magic but will she be strong enough to use and save everyone?

It wasn’t long after I got into comics that Lumberjanes kicked off so I feel like it’s always been a part of my comics reading life. Back when I lived in Toronto it was always on my pull list at The Beguiling, and more recently I’ve been adding the To the Max collections to my bookshelves. I’m sad to see a series that brought me so much joy come to an end and I think a full reread may be in order before End of Summer in December.

Sneak Peek at The Avant Guards OGN

Speaking of series coming to an end…The Avant Guards single issues stopped a little while back but thankfully we’re getting one more story about this underdog basketball team. This is such a fun series (and I’m not the only one at WWAC who thinks so) that I was overjoyed to hear the story would be continuing in an original graphic novel. The Avant Guards: Down to the Wire, picks up after issue #8 just in time for the final game of the season. This lovable group of misfits are doing everything they can to save the league, while simultaneously dealing with their love lives and their parents, who have shown up to cheer them on.

The comic hits shelves on September 30th, but a preview of it is already out and can be read here.

Featured Comics

An Unkindness of Ravens #1
Mike Fiorentino (letterer), Marianna Ignazzi (artist), Fabiana Mascolo (colorist), Dan Panosian (writer)
BOOM! Studios
September 23, 2020

An Unkindness of Ravens #1 Mike Fiorentino (letterer), Marianna Ignazzi (artist), Fabiana Mascolo (colorist), Dan Panosian (writer) BOOM! Studios September 23, 2020

Imagine a world where not all the witches were burned during the Salem Witch Trials. Where some survived and banded together to protect the ancient secrets they were privy to, and they passed these teachings down through the generations, calling themselves the Ravens. Now jumping forward to the present day, Wilma is the new girl in town and to her surprise, she looks exactly like Waverly, a local girl (and Raven member) who’s gone missing. Her disappearance has put the entire coven in danger, and Wilma might be the key to save them all.

When I was a teenager I went through a phase where I was obsessed with the Salem Witch Trials. I devoured any book I could find on the subject and must have read The Crucible a hundred times. My fascination with that time has dimmed a little since then but books and comics that touch on the subject still grab my attention and An Unkindness of Ravens is no exception. The first issue gives you just enough details to get you hooked. You’ll want to know more about the connection between Waverly and Wilma, who the different members of the Ravens are and how a rival group, led by the school’s queen bee, Scarlet Dansforth, will play into things. The art is also really well executed and I was particularly obsessed with the clothes. Everyone’s outfits were fantastic and I could easily see myself taking some fashion tips from the characters in this story.

Seen: Edmonia Lewis
Bex Glendining (artist), DC Hopkins (letterer), Kieran Quigley (colorist), Jasmine Walls (writer)
BOOM! Box
September 23, 2020

Seen: Edmonia Lewis Bex Glendining (artist), DC Hopkins (letterer), Kieran Quigley (colorist), Jasmine Walls (writer) BOOM! Box September 23, 2020

This comic is part of a new series from BOOM! spotlighting the true stories of groundbreaking people who changed our world for the better. The first person to be featured in this series is Edmonia Lewis, the first sculptor of African-American and Native heritage to earn international acclaim. She faced a number of obstacles at school and even during her apprenticeship as a sculptor but she didn’t let any of that stop her from pursuing her dreams. After rising to fame she was particularly well known for using white marble to sculpt Black and African American subjects and of course for being a woman in what was a very male-dominated field.

I really appreciated this comic, as Edmonia Lewis was not someone I was previously familiar with and I found her story really interesting. She lived a very full life, from her work with the abolitionist movement to her move from Boston to Rome early in her career. The depictions of her statues that appear in the comic are gorgeous, and they made me want to seek out more information about her work. I also found the structure of the narrative really easy to follow, as it kept things simple and avoided superfluous details. I think this structure would make this a great educational comic for younger readers and I look forward to seeing what comes next from this series.

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