Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios has offered a first look at the upcoming Magicians OGN by Lilah Sturges and Pius Bak, The Magicians: Alice's Story. As the title implies, the graphic novel expands on on the first book by exploring Alice Quinn's backstory before joining Brakebills. A press release contains more details:
THE MAGICIANS is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling adult fantasy novel series created by Lev Grossman, which has become a worldwide pop culture phenomenon and inspired a hit television series on Syfy, whose fourth season will premiere later this year. Originally published in 2009, The Magicians introduced readers to Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, which boasts a prestigious and dangerously difficult curriculum, famous and infamous alumni, and a record of only… a few deaths per graduating class.
Debuting in July 2019, THE MAGICIANS: ALICE'S STORY expands the mythology of The Magicians, the first novel in the series trilogy, through the perspective of the character Alice Quinn before she joins Brakebills and embarks on an epic journey into the magical land of Fillory.
Alice is a brilliant and naturally talented magician who grew up fully aware of the hidden world of magic but whose well-versed parents refused to teach her how to make use of it. So what is an insanely gifted young genius with no guidance or encouragement to do except teach herself? Which is how she winds up a top student at Brakebills College. Alice is at first meek and cripplingly shy until she breaks out of her shell to face deadly magical creatures, devastating heartbreak, and the hard lessons of a magical world where even well-intentioned actions can have brutal and deadly consequences.
And BOOM! Executive Editor Sierra Hahn returns from the winter break to deliver a trademark press release quote:
Lilah and Pius peer into the events of The Magicians through the eyes of one of it's most intriguing and ultimately heroic characters, which opens up new secrets and hidden facets to the already hidden world of magic placed right beside our own. The Alice Quinn we meet at Brakebills is a young woman forged by loss and isolation but there's no mistaking the strength of will and power at the core of this fan favorite character who eventually goes on to become the most surprising protagonist in the whole series.
And in addition, BOOM! announces that Sturges will be at ALA signing at the BOOM! booth:
Eisner Award-nominated writer Lilah Sturges will be in attendance as a guest of BOOM! Studios at ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle, Washington. She will be available for signings both Saturday and Sunday, 1/26-1/28, as well as a guest on the BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours panel on Monday, 1/28, where she will join some of the most acclaimed voices in graphic fiction today for a discussion on the diverse, award-winning imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box and KaBOOM!.
Look for The Magicians: Alice's Story in comic stores on July 10th and bookstores on July 16th, and check out the 22 page preview below.