This post originally appeared on Panels, which is now Book Riot Comics
What would possess a 31-year-old woman to sew Lumberjanes badges onto her favorite hoodie (stabbing herself with a needle several times in the process, I should note)? Let us investigate, using Issue #10 as our touch-point.
Is it: their pop culture references?
There is no doubt in my mind that April is indeed a Rookie fan — their whip-smart writers, community participation, and exploration of the many facets of teen life would definitely appeal to her. In fact, I bet April regularly submits posts.
The Lumberjanes team frequently injects Easter eggs like these into the comics, to readers’ delight. These girls might be off having adventures we can only dream of, but they’re reading the books and watching the movies that we know and love.
Is it: their liberal use of mythological creatures?
Greek deities, Yeti, giant river-dwelling serpents, potential chupacabras, or were-bears: the woods around the Camp for Hardcore Lady Types are brimming with mischievous supernatural beings. For anyone who lugged Bullfinch’s Mythology on the school bus, stayed up too late researching cryptozoology, and devoured fairytales and folklore, each appearance is yet another nod to our mutual obsessions.
Is it: the way they fully embrace The More You Know?
How many of you already knew who Mary Anning was? How many of you googled her after reading Issue #10? (For those who didn’t: once dubbed “the greatest fossilist the world ever knew,” Anning discovered the first nearly complete Plesiosaurus, among many other great finds. Bucking the curve way back in the 1800s, she was a lower-class provincial woman in a field full of privileged, university educated men.) Heard of the Fibonacci sequence? Studied your constellations? Constructed a tin-can telephone? If you’ve been reading Lumberjanes, you’ve been invited to study feminist icons, delve into the Latin names of plants, construct various useful contraptions, and learn encryption techniques, and your life is probably more interesting for it.
Is it: how perfectly they capture the soul of summer camp?
Answer: all of the above.
Friendship to the Max, friends — whether you’re a camper, counselor, or just fondly remembering.