Lumberjanes head to prose this fall in new novel series by Mariko Tamaki

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Feb 9, 2017

Jo, April, Molly, Mal and Ripley have already taken the comic book world by storm, but now the scouts of Lumberjanes are about to find themselves in novels that are somewhat less graphic.

As announced by Lumberjanes publisher BOOM! Studios on Wednesday, the fan-favorite franchise will be seguing into its very own series of books, beginning this fall. Author Mariko Tamaki will be penning the initial four-book series, the first of which is set to release in October. The visuals that fans have come to love won't be abandoned though, as the middle-grade books will also feature black-and-white illustrations by Lumberjanes co-creator Brooke Allen.

Meanwhile, author Mariko Tamaki is no stranger to the worlds of either novels or comics, having written her own novel Cover Me, graphic novel This One Summer and recently comic books like Marvel's Hulk and DC's Supergirl: Being Super.

According to the press release, this new publishing venture is only the beginning of BOOM!’s deal with publisher ABRAMS (who will be releasing the novels through their Amulet Books imprint), though they didn't mention what else lies ahead for the Lumberjanes in this new, wordier world. Here's what the publishers had to say about the project:

"In this new middle-grade series, readers are welcomed to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin — Jo, April, Molly, Mal and Ripley — love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen ... and go on supernatural adventures. In the series opener, when the challenge-loving April leads the girls on a hike up the tallest mountain they've ever seen, things don't go quite as planned. For one thing, the mountain might not be a mountain. Also, unicorns."

With this news, it seems that the Lumberjanes are determined to conquer every medium possible. On top of the multiple Eisner Award-winning comic book series and a crossover series with kids of DC's Gotham Academy, the franchise has also been optioned for film by 20th Century Fox, who announced last fall that indie filmmaker Emily Carmichael (who currently has a hand in the Pacific Rim: Uprising screenplay) is attached to direct. We can only assume that the Lumberjanes trading card game, theme park ride and virtual reality experience won't be too far behind.

Will you be following the scouts from panels to prose? Where would you like to see the franchise go next? Sound off in the comments below!