Wonder Con is currently in progress in Anaheim, CA, and comic fans are being treated to a number of new series announcement throughout the weekend. Chief among them, especially for readers of Marvel’s recently concluded Iceman series, was BOOM! Studios’ Ghosted in LA from GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer Sina Grace and Jem and the Holograms artist Siobhan Keenan, announced today at the BOOM! Studios Discover Yours panel.
Ghosted in LA protagonist Daphne Walters moved to Los Angeles to be with the love of her life…or so she thought. Not long after her arrival, her happily-ever-after falls through, and she finds herself in need of a place to live—and a reason to stay thousands of miles away from home. While nursing her broken heart, she ends up at Rycroft Manor, a derelict apartment complex that isn’t as vacant as it seems. Daphne may have expected roommates and neighbors, but she didn’t know they’d be lovesick ghosts and aspiring-actor ghouls.
“I cannot stress how truly, utterly, unbelievably excited I am for Ghosted in LA,” writer Sina Grace said in a statement. “Shannon Watters is an editor who I’ve dreamt of world-building with, and Siobhan Keenan was the first person I thought of when considering artists to bring Daphne Walters and her spectral roommates to (un)life. This project is an absolute dream come true. I get to mix humor, the macabre, pop culture and provide a fresh perspective on my hometown with one of my favorite comic artists… The ghosts of Rycroft Manor may reside in West L.A., but me? I’m in heaven.”
Ghosted in LA #1 Main Cover Art by Siobhan Keenan
Grace is a writer and artist living in Los Angeles, CA, who has earned nominations for both the GLAAD Media Awards and the PRISM Awards. He is perhaps best known for his slice-of-life memoirs at Image Comics, including Self-Obsessed, and for spearheading Marvel Comics’ Iceman solo series. Later this summer, Grace will also launch Jughead’s Time Police at Archie Comics, script a Haunted Mansion graphic novel for IDW Publishing and pick up co-writing duties for Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers starting with issue #21 in July.
“Ghosted in LA is a dream to work on, having helped design a full cast of endearing characters!” artist Siobhan Keenan added. “Drawing Sina’s writing, which has so much humor and heart, is an absolute treat for me. And I’m so excited to be working with BOOM! Studios on a project based in LA, a city I adore!”
Siobhan Keenan is an illustrator and comic artist who also calls Los Angeles home. Keenan worked with co-writers Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn on BOOM! Studios’ original graphic novels Clueless: Senior Year and Clueless: One Last Summer, and contributed to the cult-favorite Jem and the Holograms series at IDW Publishing.
Ghosted in LA #1 Variant Cover Art by Sina Grace
Ghosted in LA #1 arrives July 10, 2019, via BOOM! Studios’ BOOM! Box imprint, joining popular original series like Lumberjanes, Giant Days, Fence and The Avant-Guards.
“Ghosted in LA is a fun and delightful rom-com about the things that haunt us long after they’ve disappeared from our lives, like exes and awkward moments, but also about how we move past them to live our best lives,” BOOM! Studios Senior Editor Shannon Watters said. “Sina and Siobhan really capture the feel of living in Los Angeles where everyone comes to bring their dreams to life, no matter how difficult or impossible they may seem.”
Paste readers can take an exclusive first look at Keenan’s main cover for Ghosted in LA #1 above, along with Grace’s variant cover. For more on this series and other BOOM! Studios releases, stay tuned to Paste.