Here at Multiversity Comics, we are proud to exclusively announce BOOM! Studios’s latest young adult graphic novel, “All My Friends Are Ghosts,” by Eisner Award-winning writer S.M. Vidaurri (“Iron: Or, the War After”) and artist Hannah Krieger (“Psychic Mansion”). The graphic novel, due out in April 2020, will tell the story of a young girl called Effie who feels like a ghost. She feels that no one notices her and that her school doesn’t offer her anything she wants, so she stops going and instead, discovers a ghost school in the nearby woods.
Here she learns all about the abilities that the ghosts have, such as “possession, poltergeist-ing [and] demon magic,” but then, a mysterious spirit is spotted that all her new friends want to investigate. In order to succeed, Effie has to prove to her new friends that she’s got something special and learn to believe that she has got it too.
In the press release, Vidaurri stated that it has been “so much fun to watch Effie as she battles monsters and homework,” and see her find out that “making friends with a poltergeist is easier than catching the bus.” He also praised Krieger for bringing “the ghosts to life and [creating] a dynamic, enthralling world for kids to discover.” Krieger stated that she is “thrilled” to be working on the graphic novel, describing Vidaurri’s writing as “evocative with a big dash of fun.” She closed by saying that “these characters are heartfelt and hilarious, and I hope you enjoy following their journey as much as I have!” Matthew Levine, Editor at BOOM! Studios commended the creative duo for “creating this magical, impossible world that’ll ring very true for anyone who’s ever dreamed of escaping their daily life to go find adventure and friendship.”
The full press release is as follows:
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 9, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today announced a brand new original graphic novel, ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GHOSTS from Eisner Award-winning writer S.M. Vidaurri (Iron, Steven Universe) and artist Hannah Krieger (Psychic Mansion), about discovering what makes you special and helping others be seen for who they are, available in stores April 2020.
Effie is lost, and feels like a ghost. She skips school because she doesn’t think anyone will notice, and doesn’t feel like she belongs, or that school offers her anything that she wants. Simply, she has stopped trying. One day, when she realizes that no one will notice, she escapes from her every day life… and discovers a ghost school in the nearby woods. But just as she’s beginning to learn all about the amazing things that ghosts can do – like possession, poltergeist-ing, demon magic and more – Effie is asked by her new friends to help track down a mysterious spirit that’s been spotted. But if Effie’s going to succeed, she’ll not only have to show her friends that she’s got something special,but also learn to believe she’s got it too.
S.M. Vidaurri is an illustrator and comic book creator based in New York. He received a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His first graphic novel Iron: Or The War After was published in 2012 and was nominated for the Graphic Album category in the Pépites 2013 Salon de Montreuil. His work was also featured in Locust Moon’s Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream which won for Best Anthology in the 2015 Eisner Awards. Vidaurri has worked as a writer on Steven Universe: Harmony from BOOM! Studios, as well as working as an artist and illustrator for Archaia Entertainment, Dark Horse Comics, Editions Cambourakis, Image Comics, Paste Magazine, Z2 Comics, and more.
“As a creator, it’s been so much fun to watch Effie as she battles monsters and homework, and finds that making friends with a poltergeist is easier than catching the bus.” said writer S.M. Vidaurri. “Hannah’s art really brings the ghosts to life and creates a dynamic, enthralling world for kids to discover. We can’t wait to share Effie’s adventures with everyone!”
Hannah Krieger is a cartoonist and illustrator based in North Carolina. She acquired her BFA in Illustration from School of Visual Arts in 2014. As part of her work as an illustrator, Krieger created the bonus material assets for award-winning 2016 video game documentary Man Vs Snake. She is also the creator of the webcomic series, Camodad and Psychic Mansion.Continued below
“I’m thrilled to be drawing ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GHOSTS with Shane-Michael Vidaurri behind the wheel; his writing is evocative with a big dash of fun. It is such a treat to be working on a book about social misfits, for social misfits.” said artist Hannah Krieger. “These characters are heartfelt and hilarious, and I hope you enjoy following their journey as much as I have!”
ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GHOSTS is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including original series like Just Beyond: The Scare School by R.L. Stine and Kelly & Nichole Matthews, Hex Vet by Sam Davies, Hotel Dare by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre, RuinWorld by Derek Laufman, Drew and Jot: Dueling Doodles by Art Baltazar, and Pandora’s Legacy by Kara Leopard and Kelly & Nichole Matthews, as well as licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and Over The Garden Wall.
“For some, a school for ghosts may sound like a nightmare but for Effie, who’s lonely and just wants to find people who’ll accept her as she is, it’s a place where she can finally feel like herself,” said Matthew Levine, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “S.M. and Hannah do an amazing job of creating this magical, impossible world that’ll ring very true for anyone who’s ever dreamed of escaping their daily life to go find adventure and friendship, even if it shows up in the most unexpected places!”
Print copies of ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GHOSTS will be available for sale in April 2020 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
For more on ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GHOSTS and other projects from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.
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BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and The Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox for film and with 20th Television for the small screen. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.