Have a magical time at "Wizard Beach" in a new series from BOOM!
We're fast approaching Comic-Con, and that means BOOM!'s Road to San Diego schedule will soon be wrapping up. Today we dive into a bit of whimsy with Wizard Beach, an upcoming series from Shaun Simon and Conor Nolan. While the basic concept is pretty great (wizard decides he wants to chill at the beach, far away from his icy homeland), there's also an underlying current of heavier thematic material. Along with exploring strained family relationships, the series will also take a satirical look at the effects we have on the environment and the planet as a whole. Check out the details below, along with a first look at Nolan's interiors and character designs.
Shaun Simon and Conor Nolan Debut
“WIZARD BEACH” at BOOM! Studios
The Road To San Diego Announcement #6: Discover There’s More To The Shore in December 2018
LOS ANGELES, CA (July 10, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to continue The Road to San Diego, a ten-day spotlight on the most exciting comic book and graphic novel news in advance of Comic Con International in San Diego (July 18-22) with the announcement of WIZARD BEACH #1, kicking off a new five-issue limited series in December 2018 from writer Shaun Simon (The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys) and Conor Nolan (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Giants).
Wizards exist. As do witches and frost giants and an array of magical creatures. But they were hidden from view until a few found themselves weary of the ice-capped mountains and made their way to the beach. Now wizards are part of the norm, and all they want to do is relax. When Hexley Daggard Ragbottom, a young wizard, wants to put an end to the frost of his homeland, he seeks out his Uncle Salazar, the greatest wizard of all time. But Uncle “Sally” has other plans. Namely napping.
“WIZARD BEACH is about leaving the cold, unrelenting, and dreary life in the mountains for a stress free and relaxing life on the beach. The book doesn’t take itself too seriously, something our main character, Hexley Daggard Ragbottom does when he arrives at the beach,” said Shaun Simon. “With hopes to learn scholarly magic from his uncle, Hex leaves his old life behind. But when the humorless and rigid boy finds his Uncle Salazar lounging on the beach Hex will either learn to let go of his old ways and chill out or live a miserable, high strung life. For me, like the premise of the book, WIZARD BEACH is me letting go of what I thought I should be writing and learning that’s it’s ok to write what I want—to let my guard down and have fun and be funny along the way."
“WIZARD BEACH asks the question, ‘Where does the magical world go to vacation?’” said Conor Nolan. “The answer lies within our story as we navigate the strange new home of our protagonist, Hexley. The journey will entail copious amounts of ridiculous magic, sun baked high adventure, and possibly a basilisk under the boardwalk. Shaun and I have been building this world for some time, and hope that each issue will be a day at the beach for readers.”
WIZARD BEACH #1 features a main cover by series artist Conor Nolan.
“WIZARD BEACH is an upbeat family drama that, behind the humor and hijinks, provides a satirical look at global warming and how to happily exist in an ever-shrinking, high-stressed planet,” said Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “The beach is an obvious cure-all for what ails ya! Or so we hope...”
Wizard Beach #1 will hit comic shops and other retailers in December.