ALL-STAR ‘BOOM! BOX MIX TAPE’ ANTHOLOGY BRINGS TEEN PREZ, PUNK ROCK GRANDMA, NEW LUMBERJANES AND MORE
By Chris Sims
It’s really starting to look like 2014 is the year of the giant, oversized offbeat anthology comic. Not only have we gotten books like Cosmic Scoundrels and Giant-Size Kung Fu Bible Stories, but today, Boom! Studios announced the latest offering from their creator-owned imprint, the Boom! Box 2014 Mix Tape, and it already looks amazing.
Clocking in at an oversized 8.5 x 11″, the Mix Tape is set to include a pretty impressive roster, including covers by Teen Dog creator Jake Lawrence and a new Lumberjanes story written by Noelle Stevenson, and a new story from the award-winning team behind Adventure Time, Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. And if that wasn’t enough, we have an exclusive look at character designs for four short stories by Rian Sygh, including Teen Prez, which may actually be the Sensational Character Find of 2014.
Boom! Box is, of course, the Boom! Studios imprint that brought us Midas Flesh, Lumberjanes and Teen Dog, so I feel pretty safe in saying that they have a pretty strong track record going into a big anthology that’s meant to show off their roster of creators. That said, I’m more into these truly bonkers high concepts we’re working with here.
Sygh’s designs are for four of the stories included in the 48-page one-shot: Worst Witchesby Paul Maybury, Teen President by Eryk Donovan, Port-a-Potty by Stefan Toshef and Punk Rock Grandma by Alexis Ziritt. Yes. Punk Rock Grandma. There hasn’t been a title that great since… Well, since Teen Dog, I suppose. That one’s pretty hard to top.
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