Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About You scribe Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith is launching a brand new monthly comic book series,Misfit City with fellow writer Kurt Lustgarten and artist Naomi Franqiz at BOOM! Studios’ BOOM! Box imprint.
A young girl and her friends live in a sleepy town that hasn’t seen much action since an ’80s cult kids’ adventure movie was filmed there. However, that’s all about to change when they stumble upon a centuries-old treasure map drawn by the infamous pirate Black Mary.
The girl and her friends embark on an adventure throughout their 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).”
Misfit City #1 will feature a main cover by Naomi Franquiz with a variant cover by Ester Zejn. There will also be a treasure map variant by Paulina Ganucheau.