From left to right: Ripley, April, Jo, Molly, and Mal.
"WE CAN EXPLAIN! There was this bearwoman."
"And we followed her because duh: bearwoman."
"And then there were these foxes but they were magic foxes?"
"And we beat the stuffing outta those guys!"
"Even though that wasn't the plan."
Lumberjanes, a Boom! Studios comic by an all-female team, is about a cabin of girls who sneak out at night and stumble into paranormal adventures. 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. 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!
Lumberjanes contains examples of:
- Action Girl: All of the girls, really. It IS a camp for Hardcore Lady Types.
- Attack Pattern Alpha: When fighting the magic wolves, the girls decide to do the “Little Red Formation”, with the battle cry “To grandmother’s house we go!” Subverted, because Mal quickly calls them out on not actually following the plan.
- Bloodless Carnage: When the magic foxes are defeated, they poof into dust.
- Braids of Action: Molly wears her hair in a single braid.
- Buffy Speak: And a lot of it.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Ripley, but also camp director Rosie.
- Collective Groan: When Jen decides to take the girls to see Rosie for punishment for sneaking out at night.
- CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): Subverted; when Mal drowns, the girls have no idea what to do to save her, and Molly gives up after a minute of mouth-to-mouth. Ripley just gets a running start and kicks her in the stomach, forcing her to eject all the water.
- Crazy-Prepared: April writes down the foxes' prophecy after hearing it, to the bewilderment of the other girls.
- Dangerous Workplace: When the girls get caught up fighting a river monster, their camp counselor, Jen, acts more like it’s a hassle to have to call in the CIA and a SWAT team more than anything out of the ordinary.
- Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: In the very first scene, when Mal and Molly find April in the woods.
- Extra Eyes: The foxes in the first issue, and the river monster and eagle in the second, all have three eyes. When defeated, the eyes seemingly turn into gold coins that Jo collects.
- Face Your Fears: A minor version when Mal confronts her fear of the river to go canoeing with the other girls.
- Fantastic Foxes: Of the supernatural variety. They have three eyes, and collapse into dust when defeated.
- Fastball Special: Mal and Ripley team up for one. They even call it out by its name.
- Feminist Fantasy
- Fiery Redhead: April and Rosie.
- Funny Terrain Cross Section: When the girls slide down the underground tunnel in the second issue, all sorts of things can be seen buried in the surrounding soil, including bones, a mole, a treasure chest, and a worryingly large tooth.
- Genki Girl: Ripley.
- He-Man Woman Hater: The head counselor of the boys camp is this. The boys themselves are actually incredibly kind, helpful, and enjoy things like baking cookies and making tea. But something causes them to turn into snarling lunatics against their wills.
- Improvised Weapon: Lots. Notable is April using a hair scrunchie to slingshot into a river monster’s eye.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: April wins her Pungeon Master badge in the second issue for making one of these.
- Les Yay: Mal and Molly seem rather close.
- Merit Badges For Everything: In the first issue the girls earn the Up All Night badge, for y’know, staying up all night. In the second, April earns the Pungeon Master badge for a wonderfully groan-worthy pun.
- Monster of the Week: the magic foxes in the first issue, the river monster in the second.
- Mooks: The three-eyed foxes that the girls fight.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Contrary to the page image, April has more realistic eyes than the other girls.
- Overly Long Name: Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types
- Pintsized Powerhouse: April. She beats a living rock statue at arm-wrestling, even breaking its arm, although she claims it is all about leverage.
- Potty Dance: Ripley does one, complete with toilet paper rolls hovering around her head when she finally asks to go.
- Power Crystal: The weird glowing crystal in Rosie’s bathroom looks a lot like the weird glowing crystals in the secret cave the girls later discover.
- The Prophecy: "Beware the kitten holy".
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Camp leader Rosie. She doesn't punish the girls for sneaking out, and warns them that they're going to encounter even more weird stuff before the summer's over.
- Sea Monster: What starts as a simple canoeing trip ends up with the girls fighting off one of these.
- Secret Underground Passage: When Ripley climbs a tree, she accidentally discovers one of the branches is a lever to open a secret cave below.
- Shipper on Deck: Look at April and Jo’s faces when Mal thanks Molly for rescuing her.
- The Smart Guy: Jo and Molly. The former figures out the Fibonacci riddle in the cave; while the latter figures out the anagram riddle in the same cave.
- Summer Campy
- This Is No Time for Knitting: When the girls are attacked by a river monster, April reaches for her scrunchie. Jo protests that this is no time for a new hairdo, only for April to shoot the elastic into the monster's eye.
- Title Drop: “Does anyone here know the Lumberjanes pledge?”
- Town with a Dark Secret: Apparently a summer camp with a dark secret.
- True Companions: This is a story about five girls who are best friends, where “because friendship, obviously” is a totally valid reason for doing something. The motto of the camp is actually “Friendship to the max!”
- Unusual Euphemism: "What the junk?"
- The characters also tend to swear using the names of famous female figures, e.g. "Oh my Bessie Coleman" and "Holy Mae Jemison!"
- Wild Child: Ripley.