Just because Independence Day is over doesn’t mean the BOOM! has to stop. This week, PCU is having a special focus on Boom! Studios, one of the comics industry’s rising smaller-press publishers.
Now in its 11th year of publication, BOOM! has grown from a fledgling publisher which started with only one title in July 2005. Boom now operates with three sub-imprints: Archaia (which includes David Petersen’s Mouse Guard), BOOM! Box (a child-friendly line which tends to include kid-oriented licensed properties such as Peanuts and Garfield), and Kaboom! (an all-ages “experimental” line which includes Lumberjanes). Between BOOM!’s talent and its quality of work, it’s unsurprising that the company has consistently won at least one publishing award every year since 2009 along with many more nominations. In fact, today’s Harvey Awards announcements include a number of nominations for BOOM!, including in Best Letterer (Aubrey Aiese), Best New Series (Giant Days), Best American Edition of Foreign Material (The Realist), Most Promising New Talent (Lissa Treiman), and three nominations in Best Original Graphic Publication for Young Readers (Lumberjanes, Over the Garden Wall, and Giant Days).
The company continues to offer a wide variety of options for comic readers who want to step out of the world of superheroics. Licensed properties for kids include multiple Adventure Time series, Regular Show, Steven Universe, and Over the Garden Wall, while adult offerings include Big Trouble in Little China and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Some of the company’s original all-ages offerings include Goldie Vance, Giant Days, Jonsey, and the ever-popular Lumberjanes, which is currently having its first crossover with DC’s Gotham Academy. There’s even some original creations by industry big names, including George Perez’ Sirens, Grant Morrison’s Klaus, and Charles Soule’s Strange Attractors.
This week, a number of PCU’s Review Brew pieces will focus on BOOM! publications. Already published is our review of the final issue of the KaBOOM! Peanuts series (and we also ran a recent review of Lucas Stand not long ago). We’ve also got a review of the latest issue of Strange Attractors available. Later this week, we’ll have reviews up of the latest issue of The Woods and the newest Adventure Time and Lumberjanes collected editions. Stay tuned for more BOOM! coverage.