At Emerald City Comicon in March, Image Comics announced a boatload of new comic titles, including Moonstruck by writer Grace Ellis, artist Shae Beagle and colorist Laurenn McCubbin. And now they’ve announced a few additional details about the comic.
First appearing as a short story in Columbus College of Art and Design’s Spitball anthology before graduating to a monthly comic book from Image, Moonstruck is a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks.
“I’m extremely proud of Moonstruck; it’s definitely the best thing I’ve ever written,” said Ellis, co-creator of the popular BOOM! Box title Lumberjanes, in a press release. “And it’s full of things I like: It’s fun, it’s character-driven, it’s got a lot of room for creativity, it’s got queer people—not to mention mystical magic AND close-up card-trick magic. And lots of coffee! So if you like those things—a fun, slice-of-life character story with genre trappings—I imagine you’ll like Moonstruck a whole lot.”
Here’s how the publisher described the series in the press release:
In Moonstruck, fantasy creatures live typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal…werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes!
But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie’s dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who’s going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world??
“Moonstruck is already near and dear to me, and I’m so excited to get it out into the world!” said Beagle. “Even in this world of magic and monsters, all the characters are relatable and lovable in their own ways. Moonstruck is the lighthearted queer romance we’ve all been wishing for, with lots of magical flavor.”
The first issue of Moonstruck comes out in July. In addition to the main story, it will include a “story-within-a-story” illustrated by artist Kate Leth.