Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy (1)

by Noelle Stevenson

Other authorsGrace Ellis (Author), Shannon Watters (Author), Brooke A Allen (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2015

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BOOM! Box (2015), 128 pages


Comic and Graphic Books. Fantasy. Juvenile Fiction. At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle 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. Presented as the Lumberjanes Field Manual featuring a cover gallery and early character designs by Noelle Stevenson and Brooke Allen. Collects issues #1-4.

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LibraryThing member ViragoReads
This was not at all what I expected! I honestly thought it would just be girls having adventures while camping; and while it is, it also isn't. There is a whole other story going on and it's all bizarre and supernatural. Strange things are afoot and the poor Lumberjanes keep stumbling into
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weirdness. It's kinda like a female cast of the Goonies meets the Brothers Winchester. They are quirky and fun characters. Their reaction to things and their terminology is so 80's! It's like stepping back into my childhood. I got this because I thought it would be something fun that both my daughter and myself could read and enjoy. Well, this was a really fun read, and I have a feeling my daughter will like it even more than I did!
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LibraryThing member jen.e.moore
Oh man, this is so great. I love how they swear by famous women. (And "what the junk," which is pretty great, too.) I love all the three-eyed monsters. I love that Ripley a) is named Ripley and b) is a pre-adolescent female Wolverine, Fastball Special and all. I love Jen and Rosie and the creepy
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boys' camp and I cannot wait for more of this to exist.
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LibraryThing member DrFuriosa
When I heard about Lumberjanes, I was *super* excited. I love fun, empowering stories for young women, and I like recommending them to the young women in my life.

But for me, this was not a personal favorite. I would be willing to bet that there are others who read this and LOVED it, but I was not
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that person. I felt there was a huge disconnect between the art and the content that made me wonder for whom Stevenson is writing. The art makes this graphic novel feel oriented for younger teens who like manga. Yet there are so.many.references to things from the 1980s and 1990s, like "What the Joan Jett?", "What's the story, Wishbone?", and "I could teach you. But I'd have to charge." For a young person who's a huge pop culture junkie of the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s, this would probably be funny. But it made me feel like this book came from a Gen-Xer writing for Gen-Xers. And that's okay. So then write for Gen-Xers and make the art less childish.

There felt like a potential love story or coming-out story arc that really intrigued me, but the fighting-evil-creatures hijinks overshadowed any character development. And that disappointed me, too. But maybe that will take place in the next volume??? One can hope.

I should probably also mention that in middle school and high school, I was not the brash, badass, jump-into-caves-simply-because-I-can type. I was mousy and bookish. So the too-cool-for-school-and-rules kind of kids in literature just don't always do it for me. That's a personal taste issue. Like I said, I bet a lot of people would really enjoy this graphic novel.
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LibraryThing member lisapeet
This just didn't do it for me. I like the concept a lot, and the art, and the characters are great. But the pacing was off—it had this kind of manic pre-adolescent energy that maybe I'm just too old to appreciate anymore, but I think it probably would have annoyed me at when I was 13 too—and
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the dialogue was way too cutesy. I don't know, maybe it's for pre-teens and I have no business reading it. But the idea was promising, and I like comix a lot, so I thought I'd give it a go. Oh well.

Also, is the accompanying text—the Lumberjanes Handbook—supposed to be edited that badly on purpose? Lots of weird grammar typos, and if they were intentional I think that might be the wrong thing to be teaching our collective youth. Just a thought.
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LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
Girl Scout camp meets Raiders of the Lost Ark. Five gal pals are at Lumberjanes camp where things get supernatural very quickly: foxes under the sway of the Kitten Holy, an underground cave with talking statues and perilous paths, and a neighboring camp of boys who are not what their perfect
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facades would reveal. It's very quickly paced from the get-go and these are not girly-girls but "hardcore lady types" who are more inconvenienced than frightened of scary things.
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LibraryThing member NeedMoreShelves
I thought this was a lot of fun. It took some time to get into the story and characters, and I felt like it was a good thing I read the first couple of issues as one volume, or I don't know that I would have kept going. But once we got to the first mention of the Kitten Holy, I was hooked. I still
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have a bit of trouble keeping the names straight, and I'm hoping for more backstory, but I will definitely keep reading.
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LibraryThing member melissarochelle
Read on July 21, 2015

Five young ladies discover that there's more happening at their summer camp than they ever could have imagined. A bear woman, evil foxes, yetis, river monsters and more await these Lumberjanes around every tree. I'm curious to see what's going on at the neighboring boys
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camp...looks like trouble.
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LibraryThing member EllsbethB
This is a delightful story with wonderful art.
LibraryThing member Jessie_Bear
Five friends spend an unforgettable summer at a Lumberjanes Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, earning badges, thwarting danger, solving mysteries, and having fun. Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy contains issues one through four of the comic with bonus alternate cover art included. The spoof a Girl
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Scout manual makes a fabulous backdrop for the introduction and conclusion of each segment. Lumberjanes offers a fun view of a sleepaway camp that some readers can relate to and twists it into a supernatural romp, full of secret messages, yetis, and an Indiana Jones type cave scene. Each issue has a quick, action-packed pace full of adventure, humor, and catch phrases such as “Holy Mae Jamison” and “Friendship to the Max.” The art in the Lumberjanes successfully relays each story and captures the essence of the girls’ adventures. The first volume ends without a full conclusion, leaving readers waiting for volume two. Lumberjanes is highly recommended for adventure-loving readers ages ten to fourteen.
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LibraryThing member ticky
An adorable, cute, wonderful world which I look forward to returning to!
LibraryThing member samseabornesq
If I were a young girl, there is no place I'd rather spend my summers.

This comic is fast-paced, at times completely ludicrous, and always 100% rad.
LibraryThing member Rosa.Mill
The Lumberjanes are awesome! The girls are all distinct and so much fun. The mystery is intriguing, the artwork is cool and I can't wait to find out what happens next.
LibraryThing member Rosa.Mill
The Lumberjanes are awesome! The girls are all distinct and so much fun. The mystery is intriguing, the artwork is cool and I can't wait to find out what happens next.
LibraryThing member Rosa.Mill
The Lumberjanes are awesome! The girls are all distinct and so much fun. The mystery is intriguing, the artwork is cool and I can't wait to find out what happens next.
LibraryThing member Rosa.Mill
The Lumberjanes are awesome! The girls are all distinct and so much fun. The mystery is intriguing, the artwork is cool and I can't wait to find out what happens next.
LibraryThing member lkmuir
Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp...defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons...what’s not to love?!

Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together...and they’re not gonna let any
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insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things. 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. And with the talent of acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, talented newcomer Grace Ellis writing, and Brooke Allen on art, this is going to be a spectacular series that you won’t want to miss. Collects Lumberjanes #1-#4.
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LibraryThing member mirikayla
The Millennial humor here is a little much for me, but mostly it's fun. I loved all the exclamations referencing women from history—"what the Joan Jett," "oh my Bessie Coleman," "holy Mae Jemison!" And I had to look up a couple, which was even better, because now I know about ones I didn't
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before. The Lumberjanes (two of whom are named Jo and Ripley, in what I sincerely hope are allusions to Little Women and Alien) are smart, strong, capable, and brave. They always look out for each other, and they recognize each other's strengths. The girls are so fun, and would have been my IDOLS if I'd gotten to read about them when I was a kid. I hope they never stop writing this comic.
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LibraryThing member regularguy5mb
Sweet Sylvia Plath! This book is absolutely fantastic!! I think it's my new favorite comic book series.

The characters are great, the writing is on point, and the adventure is a lot of fun. I just, seriously love everything about Lumberjanes. Can't wait to read more.

LibraryThing member alanna1122
This comic series was highly recommended on a few book podcasts I listen to - so even though I don't usually read comics - I decided to give it a try when I saw this in the bookstore.

I was really underwhelmed. I think I am definitely maybe not a comic person? I just didn't find the storyline smart
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or clever or engaging. The art was fine but I was left wondering what I was missing. Yes, nice to have a gang of girls front and center but beyond that it really didn't offer much to me.
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LibraryThing member Othemts
This clever comic is about five misfits at a scout camp who keep stumbling upon mythical and supernatural beings when they venture into the woods. They are funny and resourceful and I look forward to more adventures.
LibraryThing member lycomayflower
The first volume of Lumberjanes in trade, collecting issues 1-4, introduces the Lumberjanes, five friends at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Girls Hardcore Lady-Types. Jo, Mal, Molly, April, and Riley go on adventures at camp (usually unsanctioned adventures that
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involve escaping their counselor, Jen) and experience "friendship to the max!" Something weird is going on in the woods surrounding camp, and they're going to find out what. The girls are all awesome and badass, the art is fun, the humor is great, and I am for serious curious what is Going On. This falls solidly into the category of "Things I Wish Had Been Around When I Was Twelve and That I Am Crazy Glad Today's Girls Will Get to Read." Recommended. And now I have to go back to the bookstore, stat, to get volume 2.
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LibraryThing member Debra_Armbruster
The three star rating is somewhat disingenuous. Myself, I rate Lumberjanes 2/5, although I could see my students loving it, and I imagine that I'll order the series for my school library.

It comes down to the fact that I simply do not enjoy Stevenson's writing. I did not see what the fuss was over
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Nimona (I found her annoying), and I felt pretty much the same way about Lumberjanes. The characters, although all atypical female characters, were the most basic stereotypical atypical female characters. I dig the girl power, just not the execution.

What I do like are the shout-outs to female leaders that pepper the dialog. Would you need to look them up? Probably, but the list is fabulous and a great talking point with adolescent patrons. Look for:
* Juliette Gordon Low: founder of Girl Scouts of America
*Anahareo: Mohawk writer, conservationist, animal rights activist
*Mae Jemison: first African-American woman to travel into space, NASA astronaut and physician
*Bessie Coleman: first female African-American pilot and first licensed Native American woman pilot
*Phillis Wheatley: first published female African-American poet
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LibraryThing member dougcornelius
Pre-read this for my daughter. I think she will like it. It's funny, a bit weird and a bit scary. She be just in the right spot for enjoying this book.
LibraryThing member Ealasaid
SO GOOD. I donated it to my mom's learning center when I got the fancy hardbound version.
LibraryThing member wyvernfriend
Did leave me wanting more. A story of five girls on camp, their Cabin leader Jen and their adventures in the woods around the camp. Everything is to the nth degree and I had to laugh at the scouts.

It's a fun read, I wasn't too fond of the artwork but overall I liked the characters and the
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outrageous things that happen to them.
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