BOOM! Studios has announced that screen writer Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith will head the new comic Misfit City. Smith is well known for her screenplays of Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About You. Joining her is writer Kurt Lustgarten and artist Naomi Franquiz. The comic is set to debut from the BOOM! Box imprint this May.
Here’s a quick preview from BOOM! and the creators:
Nothing’s happened in Wilder’s hometown since they filmed that cult kids’ adventure movie there in the ’80s…but that’s ancient history. Until one day, she and her friends come upon a centuries-old treasure map drawn by the infamous pirate Black Mary…and they find themselves on a real-life adventure in the town they dreamed of escaping.
“Much like our heroines, I grew up in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, yearning to have a life-changing experience,” says Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith.
“Everyone wishes their town harbored a deep dark secret, and for the girls of Cannon Cove, it does,” adds co-creator Kurt Lustgarten, who also spoke about the particular tone of the book. “We wanted to evoke the feel of every great 1980s kids classic adventure movie with a riot grrrl twist.”
“We’re telling a treasure hunting story through a unique female lens,” says Kiwi Smith. “Girls need their version of The Goonies—and with Misfit City, we’re giving it to them.”
“Other than the guaranteed shenanigans I’m excited to draw in Misfit City, I mostly look forward to drawing a diverse and body-positive cast of characters that I hope young readers can really see themselves in. Plus, all faces of the cutest dog ever, Pippin!” remarks Franquiz. “Out of our main characters, I relate to Wilder most. I’m from a small-town city with a population that fluctuates every football season, so the urge to escape and do more is strong. I love her ambition and drive, and I think the internal conflict she’s setting herself up for is something I see reflected in many people (including myself).”
Look for Misfit City this May.