BOOM! Studios is psyched to announce DODGE CITY, a new sports comic/teen comedy series debuting March 2018 about the high-energy chaos, heightened drama, and exaggerated costumes of competitive dodgeball, and one team’s quest to make it all the way to the regional championships. Writer Josh Trujillo (Adventure Time) and illustrator Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall) suit up to tell the story of the Jazz Pandas co-ed dodgeball team—the worst team in their league and made up of outcasts—and the efforts of their new captain, Tomás, who, despite being the youngest and least experienced member of the team, is really, really good at dodgeball.
“DODGE CITY is inspired by my years of playing dodgeball, along with the uncertainties of growing up,” said Trujillo. “Dodgeball, like being a teenager, is incredibly chaotic—the only way you can ‘win’ is by finding a community and working together.”
The characters in DODGE CITY and its genre drew McGee to the project almost immediately. “The cast is easily one of the most diverse I’ve seen in a story like this, and is an opportunity for me to get out of my own comfort zone with my art and character designs, which I’m very excited about,” said McGee. “Josh just has such a great way with making interesting characters dealing with realistic struggles, which I think is amazing. And as a big fan of sports anime and manga I’m super pumped to draw something in that genre.”
DODGE CITY is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed BOOM! Box imprint, home to popular original series such as Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen, and Noelle Stevenson; Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh; SLAM! by Pamela Ribon and Veronica Fish; and Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams.
“Josh and Cara are two creators whose work I have admired deeply for a long time, and it’s such a pleasure to see them taking on the joyful intensity of competitive dodgeball and teenage FEELINGS together,” said Shannon Watters, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “I could not be more excited for you to read DODGE CITY.”