BOOM! Studios today released a preview of their upcoming 12 issue series from Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes.
The series titled THE AVANT-GUARDS about a female basketball player who wants to start the first ever basketball league for art colleges while she’s attending the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics.
The first issue will be released on January 23rd with two different cover versions, the standard cover by Hayes with a variant cover by Veronica Fish.
Full press release is below. All artwork courtesy of BOOM!
Your First Look at THE AVANT-GUARDS #1
LOS ANGELES, CA (December 4, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at THE AVANT-GUARDS #1, the riveting start to an all-new twelve issue series in January 2019 from writer Carly Usdin (creator of the critically-acclaimed Heavy Vinyl) and artist Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer) where it’s all about finding the courage to shoot your shot.
Olivia “Liv” Bates is determined to jump start the first basketball league ever for art colleges, and while the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics isn’t necessarily known for its team sports, she’s got all the missing pieces except one: the final member of her basketball team. Which is where new student Charlie Bravo comes in.
Charlie is a recent transfer to the historic women’s art college and, for some mysterious reason, has decided to leave her glory days as a basketball star behind. If only Liv can convince a reluctant Charlie to lace up her shoes and get back on the court with their ragtag team, her dream of an art school basketball team could come alive! And Charlie might just find the friendship and community she’s looking for at this brand new school.
THE AVANT GUARDS #1 features a main cover by Hayes and a variant cover by Veronica Fish (SLAM!).
“Carly draws on her own love of playing ball to perfectly encapsulate the excitement and tension of bringing together the two worlds of art and sports on the basketball court while Noah’s dynamic designs have us falling in love with each of the misfit members of THE AVANT-GUARDS.” said Shannon Watter, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “We can’t wait for fans to discover the romance, rivalry, and drama at the heart of this team of unlikely sports stars thrown together by friendship and a passion for the game.”
THE AVANT-GUARDS is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, home to groundbreaking original series such as Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson; Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; Misfit City by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz; Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad; and Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams.
Print copies of THE AVANT-GUARDS #1 will be available for sale on January 23, 2019 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 the BOOM! Studios app.
For continuing news on THE AVANT-GUARDS and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.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 the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and The Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox for film and with 20th Television for the small screen. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.