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Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy

by Noelle Stevenson, Brooke A. Allen (Illustrator), Grace Ellis

Other authors: Aubrey Aiese (Letterer), Maarta Laiho (Colorist), Dafna Pleban (Editor), Shannon Watters (Editor)

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Series: Lumberjanes (1-4)

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This is a fun graphic novel that I've been hearing about since it was published.

From the back of the book: "At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqui Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady types, things are not what they seem.”

Five Lumberjane Scout campers sneak away from their counselor for a night time adventure. There is more in the dark than they expect, and it begins a variety of adventures with magical and supernatural challenges. Even their meeting with the camp of too-good-to- believe boy campers nearby takes a sinister turn.

The camp director seems unsurprised and calmly unperturbed as long as the girls keep their motto: Friendship to the max!

Fun, quick read of five kick butt girls, and of course, to be continued in the next volume. Hooray! ( )
  streamsong | Aug 11, 2018 |
I’d recently heard some very good things about Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Faith Hicks, and Brooke Allen. When I found copies available in my local library I immediately delved in. This is a fun fantasy/mystery series that follows a group of girls at a Lumberjane sleepaway camp. The forest they’re camping in holds secrets, though, and seems to be filled with magical creatures. The story follows these girls as they go on various adventures and try to solve the mysteries of the woods.

The story is very action driven. There isn’t a lot of down time. We don’t see them sitting around their cabin talking or taking part in too many camp activities. The girls are constantly going on adventures, trying to dodge their camp councilor, or trying to explain themselves when they finally turn up again despite knowing they will never be fully believed. Yet the story never felt overly fast, instead maintaining a quick but steady pace throughout. The ending of Volume 1 also felt like an actual conclusion, something that doesn’t always happen just by the nature of graphic novels and comics. It was great having an ending that felt fulfilling in itself while still making me want to read the next volume.

The plot is also great. The girls from the Roanoke cabin at a Lumberjane Camp (think overly woodsy Girl Scouts) keep seeing strange, explainable things in the woods beyond their cabin. Despite the head of the camp seemingly believing their stories, their camp counselor – a slightly older girl who’s in charge of their day to day oversight – does not, and is constantly exasperated by their disappearing on adventures.

Each chapter starts with a Lumberjane badge and a description of what it is. These chapters always have something to do with this badge, if not directly then at least thematically. The last page of each chapter was a page of photos supposedly taken during that chapter’s events which are taped over a page from the official Lumberjane handbook. Both the beginning and ending pages were very cute, but also added atmosphere.

The cast in this graphic novel is great. The girls play off of each other very well. Banter, of which there is plenty, feels natural and not at all forced. All are of varying ages. Some feel more like middle schoolers, other more like high schoolers. Character design and voice are very memorable as well. I did have some issue remembering what the character’s names were, however. We don’t see their names typed out very often. At least it didn’t feel that way. Despite the characters having simply, otherwise easy to remember names I still struggled a bit to put faces to names.

The art in this graphic novel is very bright, not at all falling into the ‘dark and spooky forest’ monotones that video games especially seem to fall into. Lots of thick lines boarder images. The facial expressions are extremely varied and convey a lot of emotion. They remind me of manga in a way, at least in how varied and extreme expressions can be.

This is most definitely a series I will be continuing with. Volume 2 has already been checked out of the library with plans to read it soon. If you like shows like Gravity Falls, you will definitely enjoy Lumberjanes. Stay tuned for a review of Volume 2 sometime in the near future!

This review originally found on Looking Glass Reads. ( )
  kateprice88 | Jul 19, 2018 |
An intrepid group of girls at sleepaway camp bond while solving mysteries in the woods and encountering supernatural creatures. This graphic novel has a Gravity Falls-esque feel to it and it all begins with a fight against a pack of three-eyed foxes.

Thus begins the adventure as the five girls of Roanoke cabin are left with a strange phrase and a golden eye that leads them past a river monster, down into the earth and in direct confrontation with a troop of mind controlled boy scouts.

The story is arranged in a unique way as if it’s been stuffed into the middle of a field manual for the camp. Each chapter begins with a page from the manual about a specific badge (all named using puns) and ends with polaroids documenting their journey. It creates an immersive feel that expands the world beyond the scope of the art and dialogue.

While it’s difficult to make this many characters distinctive
“Lumberjanes” accomplishes this and then some. All of the girls are different with a variety of personalities and body types. And as the story begins in medias res we learn who they are through action and dialogue. Apart from being incredibly funny, the dialogue itself was fluid and an amusing substitute for swearing and a shared catchphrase showed how closely the group had bonded.

The artwork was bright and colourful, which felt fitting in terms of the ages of the characters and the supernatural elements of the story and creatures encountered in their investigations.

The one drawback is that the felt cut off. The first chapter is darn near perfect because it introduces us to the characters and the world and ties up the adventure encountered within while leaving room for questions and further exploration. The next three chapters are all tied together and created more questions than it answered by the end of the story and I was left feeling unsatisfied.

Apart from that one hiccup this was a great read and introduction to a series that both amused and intrigued me. ( )
  theduckthief | Jun 11, 2018 |
Squee! Totally awesome!
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
Quirky and light! I love it. ( )
  m_mozeleski | May 13, 2018 |
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Stevenson, Noelleprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, Brooke A.Illustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellis, Gracemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Aiese, AubreyLetterersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Laiho, MaartaColoristsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pleban, DafnaEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Watters, ShannonEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anka, KrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buscema, StephanieIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ciesemier, KaliIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Corsetto, DanielleIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fink, JessIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hicks, Faith ErinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance.
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"Friendship to the max! At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hardcore lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together-- and they're not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!" --… (more)

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