How I wish my Girl Guide camp experience was more like the camp in Lumberjanes. Less bible study and more wrestling mythical beasts.
The five friends of Roanoke cabin, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley, find themselves confronting the strange creatures that lurk in the woods surrounding the Lumberjane Scout camp. The beasts leave behind clues that lead the girls into mysterious places where they find more beasts and more mysteries. This makes one of the characters exclaim, “What the junk?!” What the junk indeed.
Lucky for me, I was able to read Numbers 1 through 8 of the Lumberjane series on Scribd, and get to the exciting conclusion. I think I’d be frustrated if Scribd only went to #7.
The girls are a diverse group with their own quirks, but with a love for adventure in common. They have a “no girl left behind” policy. If someone falls down a hole, they’re all following. They use their brains to get themselves out of trouble. Even though they are in constant peril, they approach every situation as an adventure. Their long suffering camp counsellor Jen seems to be the only one in a perpetual state of anxiety over their shenanigans. Poor Jen, I feel like I could relate to her more than the other girls. I guess that’s what happens when you become an adult with responsibilities, you can’t let it go entirely even when reading a kids’ adventure comic. Although, the only adult, camp director Rosie, isn’t too worried about the girls getting injured.
Lumberjanes was a lot of fun. Written by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brooke Allen. The illustrations are fun and colourful without being twee. I would have preferred this series to the Archie comics I had when I was a girl.
Bonus: Lumberjanes #9. Chapter 9 is a collection of campfire stories told by the girls as they challenge each other to tell the scariest tale. Each story was created by a different illustrator: Aimee Fleck, Faith Erin Hicks, Becca Tobin, Carolyn Nowak , Felicia Choo, T. Zysk. It’s an anthology or a “Susan B Anth-ology” if you will. The tales are more funny than scary. This was my favorite of the series so far.