Lumberjanes

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Title Lumberjanes
Author(s) Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Faith Erin Hicks
Artist(s) Brooke Allen and various
Published 2014
Publisher BOOM!Studios
Purchase Available on Amazon

Lumberjanes is a comic series intended for upper middle grades and young adult readers about a group of friends at summer camp.

Publisher's Summary

WHY WE LOVE IT: Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp...defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons...what's not to love?!

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT:It's Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake. And with the talent of acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, talented newcomer Grace Ellis writing, and Brooke Allen on art, this is going to be a spectacular series that you won’t want to miss.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.

LGBT Representation

May contain spoilers


Molly and Mal begin a lesbian relationship.

In issue #17, Jo comes out as transgender.

Several other characters are also implied to be LGBT.

Fan Responses

In response to a post on reddit entitled "Potentially Unpopular Opinion: Lumberjanes is starting to overdo it with the LGBT themes", fan "cazumba" wrote:

I mean, yeah. It's pretty queer.

So you find this comic, and it's pretty cool and everyone's saying good things about it and you start to read it and the art is good and there's even some awesome inclusive messages that make up a major part of the story arc. Great! At first they just slip in something feminist or gay or gender inclusive, and you think "oh that's nice, yeah that deserves to be said" and you're totally down with it. But now you're finding that you're seeing more and more of this "lgbt" stuff and seeing way less of yourself in the storyline, which, yeah is enough to make anyone start to lose interest in it a little bit, and that's totally fine.

But then imagine it from some queer nerd's point of view (I say this lovingly as a queer nerd myself). There's this comic series that people are loving, and is drawn beautifully and is heavily female fronted and has fantastic adventures and is super gay and you've never seen yourself and your friends so clearly in a cast of comic characters before. You've always had to wait until that one rumoured to be gay character had their 3 issue storyline when they got to love and kiss and finally be seen before being killed off or written off or ignored for the rest of the series. Youre tired of searching every comic series, TV series, or movie for that one character that just might be like me. You're tired of feeling like a guest star, or a dramatic hook, or a ratings grab. And finally there's this comic that happens to show you so many different queers all in one place and all having adventures together and being THE story, not just something thrown in to mix things up. You're the rule now, not the exception. And that amazing feeling is something you don't get very often.

The queer community is really tight knit. And I can absolutely see why people think that there's only a few queers for every dozen or so heteros (although based on the comments so far in this thread, I'd bet most of you don't know just how many people out there aren't completely "straight"). But in a lot of places when you're in the queer community then MOST people you know and interact with and love will be queer. And if you aren't in one of those places, if you're somewhere where you have to search really hard just to find someone like you, there's places like Lumberjanes. Where you can go and see what your community could be. And there's a lot of joy in that.

I guess what I'm trying to say, OP, is im glad you like the series. And I'm really glad you wanna stick to it through to the end. But if you find that it's not for you, that's okay. You've got lots of other choices out there, that are written with you in mind. Lumberjanes might just not be one of them. Lumberjanes might be written with someone else in mind.[1]

Awards

  • 2016 GLAAD Media Award For Outstanding Comic Book

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References

  1. https://www.reddit.com/r/comicbooks/comments/3xn7dt/potentially_unpopular_opinion_lumberjanes_is/cy6f65a


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