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Media Release — BOOM! Studios today announced an all-new original four-issue comic book series, ORCS!: THE CURSE by cartoonist Christine Larsen (Adventure Time, By Night), spinning a new adventure in the world of the beloved misfit ORCS!, with some familiar faces and a brand new set of characters who could turn out to be the greatest friends—or foes—you’ll ever encounter, available in June 2022.
The fun and fantastical ORCS! return with a brand new adventure that’s darker and more rambunctious than ever! After returning from their travels and celebrating with a dance party, a prank gone wrong inadvertently unleashes something ancient and evil. Even worse, in a tower in the middle of a dark forest, a wizard with grand, sinister plans needs a real army, and his sight turns toward the Orcish tribe…
A Harvey Award-nominated cartoonist, Christine Larsen has illustrated licensed comics for Adventure Time, Samurai Jack, Regular Show, and Kung Fu Panda; while creating the original series ORCS! and co-creating By Night with Boom Studios. A litany of independently published work also adorns her curriculum vitae. Her illustrations have been hung at the Society of Illustrators. Meanwhile, in the bowels of Philadelphia, she teaches classes in the mystic arts of comic making and illustration. Larsen resides with the rest of her small goblin clan in a north Philadelphia row home.
“As the second book of the series, THE CURSE introduces new allies (and reunites us with some old friends) as the tribe battles a wizard’s wrath, unleashes an ancient evil, discovers horrible secrets, and fights for its future. Of course, along the way, there’s plenty of guts and glory,” said Larsen.
ORCS! is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including original series Just Beyond by R.L. Stine, The Princess Who Saved Herself by Greg Pak, Jonathan Coulton, and Takeshi Miyazawa, Forever Home by Jenna Ayoub, Jo & Rus by Audra Winslow, Hex Vet by Sam Davies, Drew and Jot by Art Baltazar, Hotel Dare by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre, RuinWorld by Derek Laufman, and Pandora’s Legacy by Bones Leopard and Kelly & Nichole Matthews.
“Get ready for a brand new adventure in the world of the ORCS! We’re back to join our misunderstood gang of impromptu heroes for more trouble-making and misadventure across the Known World, but we’ll also meet new, unfamiliar faces and creatures, and come up against new threats,” said Sophie Philips-Roberts, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “If you thought you’d seen the worst trouble these orcs could get into before, it’s nothing compared to what’s facing them in . . . THE CURSE!”
Print copies of ORCS!: THE CURSE #1 will be available for sale in June 2022 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.
For more on ORCS! and other projects from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.
About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—the company has produced bestselling, award-winning original work, including Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR, Something is Killing the Children, and Lumberjanes, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Dune, Magic: The Gathering, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and The Jim Henson Company properties. R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond, based on bestselling BOOM! graphic novel series, is currently streaming on Disney+. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through a first-look relationship with Netflix including the upcoming animated TV series Mech Cadets in 2023. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.