Comic Book / Lumberjanes

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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."
— The Lumberjanes

Lumberjanes from Boom! Studios, created by an all-female team, is about a summer camp cabin of girls who sneak out at night and stumble into paranormal adventures. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls featuring 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!

The series is currently being adapted into a live-action film by 20th Century Fox, to be directed by Emily Carmichael. In 2016, the series crossed over with Gotham Academy for a six issue miniseries.


Lumberjanes contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: In stark contrast to the rest of the Janes' families, Molly's Mom, who believe she can force her daughter to be straight.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Rosie, the camp director, constantly gets Jen's name wrong. Until after Jen helps the Lumberjanes stop Apollo and Artemis from ruling the universe.
    Jen: She knows my name!
  • Achilles' Heel: In an early issue April defeats a giant sea serpent by shooting him in the eye with her scrunchy.
  • Action Girl: All of the girls, really. It IS a camp for Hardcore Lady Types.
  • Adorable Abomination: Several of the cats that Ripley creates transform into supernatural creatures — some of which are fairly nightmarish... in an adorable fashion.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Apollo and Artemis seem to think their dad is one of these.
  • Another Dimension: It turns out that the outhouse has a portal to one of these.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism:
    Jen: I don't want to deal with ZOMBIES or GHOSTS or or or JACKALOPES or —
    Mal: Oh, c'mon Jen, JACKALOPES? Those aren't even real.
  • Art Shift: The comic occasionally changes artists for a few issues, as during Jen's, Jo's, Ripley's, Mal's, Molly's, and April's scary stories in Issue #9.
  • Attack Pattern Alpha: When fighting the magic foxes, 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.
  • Aura Vision: One of the effects of the Bearwomens' glasses and spyglass.
  • Badass Gay: Mal and Molly fall in love early in the series, and finally kiss during the selkie arc. It's implied with Rosie and Abigail were falling in love when they were younger, but their friendship crumbled before they could progress it to romance.
  • Big Bad: A yet as unnamed entity behind the waterfall next to the giant stone figure — revealed to be a destructive entity called a Sentry — not far outside the camp.
  • 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.
  • Catch Phrase: "Friendship to the Max!" Later turns out to be a Chekhov's Gun.
  • 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.
  • Cool Old Lady: The Bear Woman, aka Nellie, used to be the camp councillor when Rosie was a kid. She ran the camp like a military installation until the forest chose her and gave her magical powers, and hasn't mellowed out in her old age.
  • 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.
  • Cure Your Gays: Molly's parents think she's at a camp like this. When her mother sees it's not she tries to drag her home, but Rosie stops her.
  • 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.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's been increasingly implied that Molly doesn't have the best home life.
  • Don't Sneak Up On Me Like That: In the very first scene, when Mal and Molly find April in the woods.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: During her days as the councellor, Quinzella "Nellie" Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet — later known as the Bearwoman — ran her camp with the stern no-nonsese belligerance of a military drill sergeant.
  • Epic Fail: Jo, April, and Ripley manage to screw up watching paint dry.
  • 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. In turns up again during the Selkie arc.
  • Fantastic Foxes:
    • Apollo sics multiple three-eyed foxes on the group that and collapse into dust when defeated.
    • In Issue 40 a borderline malevolent fox-spirit shows up seeking revenge on the Bearwoman.
  • Fastball Special: Mal and Ripley team up for two. They even call it out by its name.
  • Feminist Fantasy: The main characters are all girls at a summer camp and they go on fantastic, supernatural adventures.
  • 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.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Jo can build just about anything if given the time.
  • Genius Loci: The Bearwoman has implied that the forest has some kind of awareness at a couple points, and is singling Molly out to give her powers.
  • Genki Girl: Ripley is extremely excitable.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Diana confronts Zeus, he's in the form of a giant swan - the same form he took when raping Helen of Troy's mother Leda in the original myths.
  • Good Parents: Jo's dads. While they want her to indulge in her genius, they're perfectly happy to take her to a normal summer camp and let her be with her best friend.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Diana and Athena are not what you would call close.
  • Has Two Mommies: Jo has two dads who are introduced being supportive of her choices despite wanting her to put her genius tech skills to good use.
  • Head Pet: Molly's raccoon hat is actually her pet raccoon, Bubbles, which she perpetually wears on her head.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Diane eventually returns, having been sent on a quest by her father, and eventually apologizes to the Roanoke cabin for what she put them through.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Jo and April, though it's strongly implied in the third arc that Jo has feelings for her.
  • 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 said counselor, who it turns out is the god Apollo, takes control and turns them into snarling monsters.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Sola from the one-shot comic.
  • 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.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: When Ripley is infused with the power of the Greek Gods, she uses it to give Bubbles a cute hat, free the boys from Apollo's control, give everyone a kitten and make sure no one can ever use the power again.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: With Gotham Academy in a mini-series.
  • Jerkass Gods: Artemis and Apollo, aka Diane and the boys' camp counselor.
    • Their father gets in on the act, later, when he gives Artemis/Diane a mission he's pretty sure she'll fail, so that she'll get turned to stone, so he'll have more time to adjust to the fact that she's growing up. He also doesn't really seem to care that Diane's cabin-mates, who she genuinely cares about, are also turned to stone.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Sola, the Humanoid Abomination Collector of the Strange from the Beyond Bay Leaf one-shot is the first antagonist in a Suger Bowl series with White and Gray Morality that can be considered genuinely evil, drawing on the power of innocent magical creatures to sustain her own existence. Even after the Janes defeat her, she taunts them by promising that the summer will end and so will their friendships.
  • Lampshade Hanging: One story arc involves holding an underwater rock concert. Yes. The lack of sense of this is brought up at least once an issue and is never addressed.
  • Living Statue: Two guarded an underground tunnel. One of them April had to beat in an arm wrestle, the other was a spear weilding hawk headed statue. When the girls go down the tunnel a second time they're playing chess, and wave them by, their tests having already been completed.
  • Lost World: The portals that pop up lead to a parallel dimension inhabited by dinosaurs - as seen when one opens in the camp outhouse.
  • Love Triangle: A subtle one develops between Barry, April, and Jo.
  • Luminescent Blush: Molly, when Mal kisses her on the cheek.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Lumberjanes are messy, disorganized monster-fighting Action Girl types, and the Scouting Lads, peaceful guys who just want to bake cookies and have tea. That is, until they turn into rabid, posessed monsters. When Apollo is defeated they return to normal.
  • 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.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: The boys in the boys' camp get completely white eyes when they are being controlled by Apollo.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Ripley is half-Latina, half-white.
  • 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.
  • Morality Pet: Diane's cabinmates serve this function for her after she returns to camp.
  • Mundanger: In a forest full of monsters and supernatural phenomena, the one Molly truly fears is her homophobic mother.
  • Never Say "Die": They do. Parodied in Issue 23, when Mal says that they're going to die when they're trapped on a boat in a storm, April shouts that Lumberjanes never say die.
  • Nice Hat: Molly's raccoon. Which is actually a live raccoon.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Contrary to the page image, April has more realistic eyes than the other girls.
  • Official Couple: Mal and Molly.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Bearwoman, at least initially. When asked, she simply says that Bearwoman is fine. Her real name is revealed to be Quinzella "Nellie" Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet — first seen on a signpost Mal walked past on her way into camp.
  • Only Sane Man: Jen. Poor, poor Jen.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: For starters, they prefer to be called "merwomyn." And, while some have a fully humanoid upper half, others have scales and fins on their upper half of their bodies. Also, music is a huge part of merpeople culture. They also wear regular clothes instead of your standard Seashell Bra, and some of the ones we see have mohawks and piercings.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: The Bearwoman straight up denies being a werebear as she can control her shapeshifting; a werebeast cannot.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Karen's transformations seem to be a result of her emotional state, she doesn't turn mindless and feral, and has a state between fully human and fully wolf.
  • Overly Long Name: Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types (from the signs, it seems it used to be for "Girls", but was changed by Rosie).
  • Physical God: Artemis and Apollo in the first arc.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: April. She beats a living rock statue at arm-wrestling, even breaking its arm, although she claims it is all about leverage. Also, when first moving into the camp, she was able to carry a stack of seven large suitcases with one arm.
  • Plucky Girl: A requirement for being a Lumberjane.
  • 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 Power of Friendship: The Lumberjanes use this by holding hands with each other and the statue-fied Jo and saying "Friendship to the max!", which frees Jo.
    Mal: I can't believe that actually worked. "Power of Friendship"? Is this place for real?
  • Pronoun Trouble: Briefly discussed with Barney.
  • The Prophecy: "Beware the kitten holy". This actually turns out to be an anagram for a clue in Apollo and Artemis's competition for ultimate power.
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: April is the red to Jo's blue.
  • Running Gag: Rosie constantly gets Jen's name wrong.
  • 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.
  • Seen It All: The Roanoke cabin gang starts moving into this over time. When Seafarin' Karen reveals herself to be a werewolf, the group, having expected her to be magical somehow, points out that it's not even the strangest thing they've see that week.
  • Selkies and Wereseals: A group of Selkies appear in the Seafarin' Karen arc, having taken her boat because they believe that she took the skin of one of them.
  • Serious Business: Competitive scrapbooking is this for April, who had been growing increasingly desperate to earn merit badges.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Look at April and Jo’s faces when Mal thanks Molly for rescuing her.
    • Mal's mother fully supports her daughter's relationship with Molly.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Apollo and Artemis. They're competing viciously against each other for the power of ruling the universe.
  • 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.
  • Spear Counterpart: Mr. Theodore Tarquin Reginald Lancelot Crumpets' Camp for Boys is this to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpets' Camp for Hardcore Lady Types.
  • Stylistic Suck: The art style when Ripley is narrating her story shifts into a more childish drawing style, and the narration font becomes the handwriting of a young child.
  • Super Strength: April may be the most stereotypically feminine of the main cast, but she somehow possesses superhuman strength.
  • Taken for Granite: To stop the lightning bugs from attacking her friends, Jo has to place the crystal and golden eye in a slot, which turns her into stone.
  • Theme Naming: Ripley and her siblings are all named after Science Fiction and Fantasy heroes.
  • 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 Girls:
    • Butch: Mal, Ripley, Jo.
    • Femme: April
    • Neither: Molly, Jen.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Apparently a summer camp with a dark secret.
  • Transgender:
    • Jo is a designated male at birth trans girl. She gets antsy when Barney becomes a temporary party member, as it brings up a lot of dysphoria.
    • Barney is also non-cisgendered, and prefers "they" and "them" pronouns after joining the Lumberjanes.
  • 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!”
    • This is lampshaded by the shapeshifter Fox, after its attempt to impersonate April fails a lot faster than usual.
  • 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!"
  • We Used to Be Friends: Rosie and Abigail were apparently close friends when they were both Lumberjanes, but because Rosie didn't stand up for Abigail before she got kicked out of the camp, Abigail doesn't want anything to do with her.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Jen calls Rosie out on trusting the girls to handle the danger around the camp without actually preparing them for it or telling them what's coming.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Issue 13 is a flashback to when the girls first met at the camp.
  • Wild Child: Ripley.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside:
    • Molly and Mal feel like they are trapped in the parallel magical dimension for weeks, but only four hours pass outside that dimension.
    • Apparently, the Lumberjanes camp counts as this, too. Jo calls her parents in Issue 17, and finds out that although they've spent weeks at camp, her parents think they've only spent a few days there.
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