“Sports comics and queer athletes are still far too rare in the wide world of representation. If you like either or both of those things, my guess is Avant-Guards is going to scratch an itch you didn’t even know you had.”—Autostraddle
“The Avant-Guards joins Dodge City and Fence as inclusive, sports-focused series under the BOOM! banner.”—Paste Magazine
“It’s this beautiful story of friendship and we’re just getting started.”—Comicon.com
BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at THE AVANT-GUARDS #6, the newest chapter in the twelve-issue series from writer Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl) and artist Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer) about a ragtag group of friends who band together to build the first ever basketball team at their historic women’s art college, available in stores June 2019.
The Avant-Guards are blazing past their competition as they head into a three-game streak where they’ll be facing teams from the MedCenter College of Endocrinology, the Royal Academy of Punk Rock, and the American Institute of Internet Influencers over four days! And in between all the games, they’ll be celebrating Ashley’s birthday with a karaoke party at the local bar, where a certain crush may or may not make an appearance. It’s gonna be a busy week for our favorite team of artistic ball players, but will they be able to handle all the heat, or will they lose control on the court?
THE AVANT GUARDS #6 features a main cover by Hayes and a variant cover by Cara McGee (Black Canary: Ignite, Dodge City).
THE AVANT-GUARDS is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, home to groundbreaking original series such as Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson; Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; Smooth Criminals by Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Leisha Riddell; Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad; and Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams.
Print copies of THE AVANT-GUARDS #6 will be available for sale on June 26, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.