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Lumberjanes Volume 1 Comic Book Review

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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published February 1st 2017
Beware the Kitten Holy
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Welcome to Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp "for hardcore lady types", a summer camp with a difference. Best friends Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are a brave and intrepid band of girls who are ready for whatever adventures the camp may have in store for them. They find themselves fighting huge three eyed foxes and embarking on a magical quest to find the mysterious "kitten holy".

Lumberjanes is a story of female friendship and adventure, with young female characters who make decent role models for younger readers. They are brave, smart and fully dressed. There's also a refreshing amount of diversity in the characters in terms of both ethnicity and body shape- short, tall, skinny or heavy set, and are of indeterminate age. They're don't spend a lot of time talking about boys, though two of them seem to be crushing on each other, which may come up in later volumes. There is no sex or swearing and only very cartoonish violence so the book is suitable for younger readers (maybe aged 8 and up) but it's a fun read for adults too.

Not only do the girls in the book do brave and intrepid things, but the boys also defy traditional gender roles as they are shown enjoying traditionally feminine pastimes like scrapbooking, baking and knitting. It's feminist in a casual, understated way.

The plot is strange, but the dialogue is goofy and sweet and made me chuckle in places. The art is less realistic and more free flowing and expressive. I loved the inclusion of a suggested play list to listen to while fighting supernatural creatures.

Lumberjanes is a fun, lighthearted story about brave young women who have adventures. It's suitable for all ages and will probably appeal to fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and anyone looking for a cute, wholesome comic devoid of sexism featuring characters with realistic body types.
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Why? It's a fun comic with great role models for kids
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