BOOM! Studios today announced that FENCE, the hit original comic book series from best-selling novelist C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince) and popular online sensation Johanna The Mad, will continue as a series of original graphic novels once the monthly comic book series concludes in November with Fence #12.
Debuting in 2017, FENCE was originally announced as a limited series but an immediate first issue sell out earned it a full series order of twelve issues. FENCEbrings together the worlds of teen soap opera with the adrenaline rush of competitive fencing for an exciting journey of self-discovery that has won over legions of fans worldwide. Nicholas, the secret son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete. After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row private school, Nicholas is thrust into a cut-throat world, and finds himself facing not only his golden-boy half-brother, but the unbeatable, mysterious Seiji Katayama. Through clashes, rivalries, and romance between teammates, Nicholas and the boys of Kings Row will discover there’s much more to fencing than just foils and lunges.
“I’m so thrilled that FENCE will be continuing as a series of graphic novels!,” said C.S. Pacat. “FENCE was originally planned to run for 12 issues – but thanks to the amazing support of fans who have shown the series so much love it can now go to a whole new level. I can’t wait to take these characters all the way to nationals, to reveal some huge surprises that we’ve got stored up – and of course for the team romances to blossom! It’s been incredible to see the series connect with readers of all ages, and for fan favorites to emerge, along with an outpouring of fan works and enthusiasm. Thank you to everyone who has read and been a part of the world of Fence, as we join the new team on their rise!”
“I’m still amazed at how far we’ve got thanks to the support of our wonderful readers!” said Johanna the Mad. “Can’t wait for our fans to find out what’s coming next on FENCE for Nicholas and the rest of the boys!”
FENCE is an acclaimed series 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; Misfit City by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz; and Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams.
“Like everyone who’s read this lovely book, we’re not ready to leave Kings Row just quite yet – so continuing FENCE as original graphic novels was the perfect solution,” said Shannon Watters, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Cat, Johanna and everyone on this series are thrilled not only that we got to tell our complete story over these twelve issues but that we get to tell the next chapter of Nicholas, Seiji and everyone’s journeys with lots of fighting, romance, and humor.”
Fence Vol.1, a new softcover collection of the first four sold out issues from the series along with exclusive extras, is now available everywhere books are sold, with Fence Vol.2 arriving in January 2019 and Fence Vol.3 available in April 2019.
Print copies of Fence #12, featuring a cover by superstar artist HamletMachine, will be available for sale at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or on digital book marketplaces, including ComiXology, iBooks, Google Books, and the BOOM! Studios app, on November 28, 2018. –Via Boom! Studios release