At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Tistle 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! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.
Lumberjanes is a comic series created by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters and Brooke A. Allen. The story follows a group of five (hella cool, bad ass, butt kicking) girls at summer camp. It’s full of strange creatures and the supernatural. It’s quirky, funny and incredibly heart-warming.
Shamefully, I only picked up my first issue of Lumberjanes about a month ago – I read it on my train ride home the same day and shortly after, I picked up a few more copies and now I find myself picking up a copy every time I’m in the city centre.
The female representation in the series is so diverse and organic, nothing feels forced. It’s there on the pages and no one bats an eyelid – it’s just how it should be. It’s a comic I’ve passed onto my younger sisters, it’s so relevant and so needed, I honestly wish I could give everyone a copy.
Now, the five campers:
April is the first Lumberjane you’re introduced to and I instantly loved her. Progressing through the woods, the first thing she exclaims is “Mal, Molly, what in the Joan Jett are you doing?!” That’s right second page in and bam, female rock legend Joan Jett is mentioned.
Although I would say April looks the least intimidating Lumberjane, she’s proved to be the strongest after tearing off the arm of a giant stone creature.
Mal and Molly
Remember how I said Lumberjanes was incredibly heart-warming? That’s down to Mal and Molly. On the exterior Mal looks super punk, very Chloe Price, but she is definitely the most cautious Lumberjane and at times very nervous. Similarly, Molly has her fears, feeling she doesn’t contribute enough to the group. The relationship between the two is so real – they’re there for each other, no questions asked. They’re protective over each other, they look after each other and the love between them is so apparent it honestly melts your heart.
Ah, Ripley. With Ripley being the youngest Lumberjane it’s very apparent the big sister role the other campers take with her. She attacks without fear when there’s danger and goes head on into trouble. She definitely brings excitement and adventure to the group as you turn the pages.
And then there’s Jo. Last but not at all least, my absolute favourite of the Lumberjanes. Inside and out, Jo is a true Lumberjane. She knows exactly what it means to be one. She’s analytical and a true leader, caring for her fellow campers. She’s an absolutely beautiful person, transgender, has two fathers and all aspects of her character, are so natural and organically presented. It for me, makes the Lumberjane comics.
So, under my completely bias suggestion, go out, buy yourself an issue and try not to fall in love with them.