Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks

Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks

The Lumberjanes short stories collected for the first time in paperback! Join April, Jo, Mal, Molly and Ripley as they explore their all-girls camp. From ghost ponies to strange plants, these Lumberjanes are ready to take on anything that comes their way as long as they have each other. With stories written by Eisner Award-winner Faith Erin Hicks, and New York Times bestse...

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  • Tsana Dolichva

    Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks is the collected volume of Lumberjanes one-shot special issues. I didn't really know what to expect when I picked this book up. I bought it because it (and Volume 4 of the main story) were what was available in the comic book shop. I'm glad I did grab this book, though, as it exceeded my expectations.

    Once I overcame the slight weirdness of seeing different artists draw familiar characters in slightly different ways — exacerbated by the fact that I had just read one of t

    Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks is the collected volume of Lumberjanes one-shot special issues. I didn't really know what to expect when I picked this book up. I bought it because it (and Volume 4 of the main story) were what was available in the comic book shop. I'm glad I did grab this book, though, as it exceeded my expectations.

    Once I overcame the slight weirdness of seeing different artists draw familiar characters in slightly different ways — exacerbated by the fact that I had just read one of the regular volumes — I really enjoyed the short stories presented here. This volume contains five stories written and illustrated by different creators. Each is a self-contained story and they don't require very much prior knowledge of the series except for the general setting. I think there were a couple of very minor references to events in Lumberjanes issues I haven't read, but the plot certainly didn't hinge on them.

    It's not a terrible sampler to get an idea of whether you want to read more Lumberjanes, even if the writers are not the regulars. That said, I think readers will get a little bit more enjoyment out of Bonus Tracks if they've read a bit of Lumberjanes before, since these stories do none of the work of establishing setting or character (which makes sense, given the context). I don't want to say much about the content of the stories since they're so short it would feel like spoilers; I think the blurb says enough. However, I will note that my favourite story was the one written by Holly Black, "Faire and Square", but it was a very close race between all of them.

    I highly recommend this volume to fans of Lumberjanes. As far as I can tell, it can be inserted anywhere in your Lumberjanes journey and still be enjoyable.

    4.5 / 5 stars

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  • Nicole

    I loved these short stories! They reminded me more of the earlier volumes of Lumberjanes which I really liked.

  • Cat

    "Rain, rain, go away, come back when I am marathoning anime."

    Comics:

    Novels:

    Graphic Novels:

    Beyond Bay Leaf by Faith Erin Hicks, Rosemary Valero-O'Connell and Ma

    "Rain, rain, go away, come back when I am marathoning anime."

    Comics:

    Novels:

    Graphic Novels:

    Beyond Bay Leaf by Faith Erin Hicks, Rosemary Valero-O'Connell and Maarta Laiho

    Ripley-centric, involves ghost horses and creepy old ladies.

    Ownvoices/author info: Rosemary Valero-O'Connell is a WLW.

    Content warnings: kid-appropriate body horror, animal abuse

    Makin' The Ghost Of It by Jen Wang, Christine Norrie and Maarta Laiho

    Learning about plants, ghost stories from Jen, April practising witchcraft, axe-murderer ghosts and evil flowers.

    Ownvoices/author info: Jen Wang is Chinese American and Christine Norrie is Asian American (I was unable to find more specific information).

    Content warnings: N/A

    Sphinxes, and Riddles, and Wishes, Oh My! by Kelly Thompson, Savanna Ganucheau and Joie Brown

    Ripley-centric again. Ripley and Jen are separated while on a hike, then Ripley faces a choice when she solves a riddle.

    Ownvoices/author info: Savanna Ganucheau is a bisexual woman.

    Content warnings: N/A

    Faire and Square by Holly Black and Marina Julia

    This one was my favourite for many reasons including the focus on Molly, Ripley's statement about anime, "April can pick up two kayaks at once", Ripley thinking Robin Hood was a fox (i.e. the animal) but Jo taking "a fox" to mean attractive, Molly wishing she could live in medieval times and "use my archery skills to combat the evils of feudalism" and Mal responding with "And we could all die from paper cults because of no antibiotics", Mal telling Molly "I think you're a fox" (!!!), the beauty of the fair, Molly's archery talent, dinosaur rides and the happy ending.

    Ownvoices/author info: Marina Julia is multiracial Dominican American/White, nonbinary and bisexual/pansexual.

    Content warnings: N/A

    Las Estrellas Del Campo: Edicion Lumberjanes by Gabby Rivera and Gaby Epstein

    Ripley apparently dabs - we need to see this illustrated. The girls act out a story based on Ripley's favourite telenovela.

    Ownvoices/author info: Gabby Rivera is a Puerto Rican American lesbian and Gaby Epstein is a Chilean American bisexual woman.

    Content warnings:

    General notes:

    - Loving the different writers and artists working on this, especially since it showcases an amazing variety of art styles

    - 3/5 stories focus on Ripley...I love her but five stories was the perfect opportunity to have one for each girl!

    Representation: Five main characters who get equal screentime. Molly and Mal become an f/f couple.

    Jo: Trans girl (confirmed in Volume 4) and Navajo (confirmed by Kat Leyh on Tumblr)

    Molly: lesbian (in Volume 2 one of the anagrams, Manlessly Abnormal Ideal, unscrambles to Molly and Mal are lesbians)

    Mal: Korean American (confirmed by Kat Leyh on Tumblr) and a lesbian (see above, in addition it's explicitly stated in the bonus content at the end of Lumberjanes to the Max Volume 1)

    Ripley: biracial Afro-Mexican American/White (as per Kat Leyh's Tumblr)

    Their scout-leader Jen is Black American.

    Grace Ellis has stated on Twitter that the main five are all LGBT but this has yet to be indicated in canon for April and Ripley.

  • Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks is a collection of the one-shot and special issue stories that have been published so far for Lumberjanes. These are the stories that were published separate from the main plot, and had their own naming (no number involved). I personally always forget to grab these sort of issues when they come out, so I was really happy to see they made a collection of all of them together.

    The issues included are: Beyond Bay Leaf, Makin’ The Ghost of It, Spinxhes and Riddles and Wishe

    Lumberjanes: Bonus Tracks is a collection of the one-shot and special issue stories that have been published so far for Lumberjanes. These are the stories that were published separate from the main plot, and had their own naming (no number involved). I personally always forget to grab these sort of issues when they come out, so I was really happy to see they made a collection of all of them together.

    The issues included are: Beyond Bay Leaf, Makin’ The Ghost of It, Spinxhes and Riddles and Wishes Oh My!, Faire and Square, and Las Estrellas Del Campo: Edicion Lumberjanes. Every issue has its own set of guest authors and artists, which is pretty cool; unless you don’t like change.

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  • Maygin at Not Quite a Literary Critique

    This was a really sweet series. I enjoyed it more than the most recent volumes where

    left the series. I enjoyed how all these stories did something very different than the main plot line and featured more diverse plots. I hope there's another volume like this one! If you've enjoyed Lumberjanes, check this out. If you haven't read Lumberjanes, no worries! For the most part, you'd understand everything that happens in this series (there's one exception,

    This was a really sweet series. I enjoyed it more than the most recent volumes where

    left the series. I enjoyed how all these stories did something very different than the main plot line and featured more diverse plots. I hope there's another volume like this one! If you've enjoyed Lumberjanes, check this out. If you haven't read Lumberjanes, no worries! For the most part, you'd understand everything that happens in this series (there's one exception,

  • Chris Lemmerman

    Collecting all of the Lumberjanes one-shots (so far), the 'Janes face off against dinosaurs, demons, ghost ponies, and telenovelas in this worthy addition to the Lumberjanes canon.

    We start with Beyond Bay Leaf, by Faith Erin Hicks and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (who drew most of Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy, for those keeping count). This is probably the strongest story collected, with Ripley and the gang splitting up to take part in a lifelong feud between those ghost ponies I mentioned and a cree

    Collecting all of the Lumberjanes one-shots (so far), the 'Janes face off against dinosaurs, demons, ghost ponies, and telenovelas in this worthy addition to the Lumberjanes canon.

    We start with Beyond Bay Leaf, by Faith Erin Hicks and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (who drew most of Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy, for those keeping count). This is probably the strongest story collected, with Ripley and the gang splitting up to take part in a lifelong feud between those ghost ponies I mentioned and a creepy demon wolf lady. Ripley's awe at literally everything is infectiously cute, as always.

    Makin' The Ghost Of It seems like a good Lumberjanes story right up until the end where it gets a scientific explanation which sticks out in 'Janes canon since usually the supernatural answer is the right one (even if it's not in the way we think). The art's pretty solid here though, I'd be curious to see Christine Norrie on the main series at some point.

    Faire And Square is fun, and fits nicely into the ongoing series continuity with the dinosaurs and the dimensional portals and stuff, but feels a bit wrote at this point in terms of character development. And then Las Estrellas Del Campo and Sphinxes, Riddles, and Wishes, Oh My! are both short and sweet.

    The lack of a connecting thread between these stories hurts them a little, since it feels a bit jumbled, and the quality does change between stories, but overall the collection is still fun, and any hardcore Lumberjanes fan will eat this up, I'm sure.

  • Britt

    I would totally read an entire graphic novel by Holly Black. Good thing I have one at home!

  • Kim Dyer

    This trade paperback collects five of the Lumberjanes specials and is therefore a bit of an eclectic mix. The stories are all told by different writers and artists and so vary quite a lot in quality. 'Beyond Bay Leaf' and 'Faire and Square' were probably the strongest of the two, but all of the stories have their fun moments. The only one that I didn't really "get" was 'Las Estrellas del Campo', but that's possibly because I'm not very familiar with Spanish telenovelas.

    My biggest issue with this

    This trade paperback collects five of the Lumberjanes specials and is therefore a bit of an eclectic mix. The stories are all told by different writers and artists and so vary quite a lot in quality. 'Beyond Bay Leaf' and 'Faire and Square' were probably the strongest of the two, but all of the stories have their fun moments. The only one that I didn't really "get" was 'Las Estrellas del Campo', but that's possibly because I'm not very familiar with Spanish telenovelas.

    My biggest issue with this collection is that the stories don't fit into continuity that well. There aren't any connections between them and they are all taken from different points in the series, so the relationship between Mal and Molly in particular shifts a bit between them.

    However, if you're looking for more Lumberjanes fun, or want to complete your question, this is still certainly worth a read.

  • Brittany

    This is an anthology of short stories about the notorious Lumberjanes and their magical adventures. Therefore, the art and stories are different from the original series and in some cases I thought it was done really well and others I was not a huge fan of. Definitely still love the Lumberjanes and their adventures through the magical forest while at summer camp and am glad I read this.

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