BOOM! Box Jam kicks off with "Welcome to Wanderland"
Have you ever been to an amusement park that you absolutely loved? Think about how you felt, walking through the front gates, looking around at the fantastic architecture and rides all around you, and just being completely transported to another world. It's a great feeling, and the best theme parks grab hold and stay with you long after you've left.
But what if the world of an amusement park were to become real?
That's the concept behind Welcome to Wanderland, a newly announced BOOM! Studios title that's part of their week-long BOOM! Box Jam, which looks at upcoming young adult graphic novels.
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WELCOME TO WANDERLAND
Discover The Most Truly Magical Place on Earth in September 2018
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 11, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to kick off BOOM! Box Jam, a week-long spotlight on the best YA comic books and graphic novels from the award-winning imprint in the coming months, by announcing WELCOME TO WANDERLAND #1, a new four issue limited series from writer Jackie Ball (Goldie Vance) and artist Maddi Gonzalez (Elements) where fairy tales aren’t exactly a dream come true.
Bellamy Muñoz knows everything there is to know about Wanderland Park. She knows when all the most iconic rides were built, all the shortcuts around the park, and all the secret lore behind Old West Town, Space Age Metropolis, and New Princesston. So when she winds up in the REAL version of Wanderland, with real princesses and adorable talking woodland creatures, Bellamy is sure that she has GOT this...that is, until it starts to become clear that this magical land isn’t much like the real world park at all, and the characters she thinks she knows aren’t at all like she’d imagined.
“WELCOME TO WANDERLAND is inspired by my career in theme park design, and the wonderful, passionate weirdos who work in that world,” said Jackie Ball. "One of my best friends grew up in Orlando, and he used to go to the parks after school to do his homework. It just painted such a picture of what it was like to grow up so constantly immersed in this rich other world, and so that's where Bel came from: a kid who spends all her time in a park and is passionate to a fault about a place that’s going to seed a little bit, despite being run by a massive corporation with deep pockets. It was important to me that it didn't come off as making fun of Bel for caring so much, because being a passionate, detail-oriented nerd can be a wonderful gift as a creative person. But it can be all-consuming, especially when you’re a teenager, and that can blind you to things like other people's feelings. That's something Bel's going to have to wrestle with.”
“I'm super psyched to get to work on WELCOME TO WANDERLAND!,” said Maddi Gonzalez. “It's such a cool concept, and as someone who adores the wonder of theme parks and magical realism, I'm excited to help bring to life this new world full of fantastical elements and big personalities. Bel and Riot have been some of my favorite characters to design so far!”
Welcome to Wanderland will hit comic shops this September. Check out a first look at Maddi Gonzalez's pencils and character designs.