THE WOODS nominated for GLAAD Media Award!

I'm so happy to say that THE WOODS is nominated again for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book!
This means a lot now that the series ended last year with its 36th issue and to be included once again among so many awesome titles.


All nominated comics in the category:

Outstanding Comic Book

America, by Gabby Rivera, Joe Quinones, Ming Doyle, Stacey Lee, Ramon Villalobos,Walden Wong, Jen Bartel, Annie Wu, Aud Koch, Flaviano, Joe Rivera, Paolo Rivera, José Villarrubia, Jordan Gibson, Tamra Bonvillain, Brittany Peer, Rachelle Rosenberg, Travis Lanham (Marvel Comics)

The Backstagers, by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh, Walter Baiamonte, Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)

Batwoman, by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV, Steve Epting, Jeromy N. Cox, Stephanie Hans, Renato Arlem, Adriano Honorato Lucas, Fernando Blanco, John Rauch, Deron Bennett (DC Comics)

Black Panther: World of Wakanda, by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne, Alitha E. Martinez, Manny Mederos, Joe Bennett, Afua Richardson, Roberto Poggi, Tamra Bonvillain, Rachelle Rosenberg, Virtual Calligraphy, Joe Sabino(Marvel Comics)

Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, by Sarah Vaughn, Lan Medina, Phillip Hester, José Villarrubia, Janice Chiang (DC Comics)

Goldie Vance, by Hope Larson, Jackie Ball, Brittney Williams, Noah Hayes, Sarah Stern, Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)

Iceman, by Sina Grace, Alessandro Vitti, Ibraim Roberson, Edgar Salazar, Edgar E. Tadeo, Robert Gill, Rachelle Rosenberg, Joe Sabino (Marvel Comics)

Lumberjanes, by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Ayme Sotuyo, Maarta Laiho, Aubrey Aiese (BOOM! Studios)

Quantum Teens are Go, by Magdalene Visaggio, Eryk Donovan, Claudia Aguirre, Zakk Saam (Black Mask Comics)

The Woods, by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas, Ed Dukeshire (BOOM! Studios)

LUCY DREAMING #1 Early preview.

If you want to preorder my new series with Max Bemis and give it a shot, the final cutoff for preorders is on Monday!
So get your orders in to your local comic shop!


People who've read my earlier pre-Woods comics will notice that I've gone back to my cartoony style, it was a choice I made cause I thought it served the story better plus it was a refreshing and fun change to make :)
Every time Lucy dips into a new world though, you'll notice that the style and look will change also from issue to issue...

I'll posting more about Lucy and her trans-dimensional adventures as we come closer to it release date next month!

Have a nice weekend!

Max gave an interview about writing the series at

New series, LUCY DREAMING, coming in 2018!

I'm super proud to announce that the next series I'll be illustrating is with my new co-creator, Max Bemis.
Paste magazine has the exclusive:

Max Bemis carries an ever-lit candle for underdogs finding their identities. That mission has held true throughout his career as frontman for pop-punk institution Say Anything, and more recently as an inventive comic scribe with a growing library. Bemis poked endearing fun at aging escapists in Oh, Killstrike, which saw a timid new father come to terms with his responsibilities through the excessive filter of ‘90s extreme comics. Worst X-Man Ever continued that focus on self-realization, starring an un-merry mutant with an admittedly awful power—he can blow himself up…once—learning to embrace his internal homo superior. Bemis is currently applying his subtle characterization to Moon Knight with artist Jacen Burrows, but he’ll introduce another nocturnal adventurer come March with Lucy Dreaming.

A five-issue miniseries courtesy BOOM! Studios with The Woods artist Michael Dialynas, the comic is a “sweeping, bildungsroman about living your dreams—literally.” The titular character is a grade-school dreamer of every definition, transcending her mundane surroundings every night for a series of grand excursions. The premise sounds rich, allowing the creators to address any genre with ample room for humor—the cover hints at Star Wars-by-Moebius sci-fi, and watching Bemis and Dialynas tackle the unrestrained imagination of an adolescent should be a joy. Dialynas is also handling coloring duties, layering in otherworldly gradients and vivid hues to mark the contrast between dreary reality and slumbering excitement.

We’ll have more on this miniseries come March, but check out the cover to the first issue below and the Press Release.



BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce LUCY DREAMING, a new limited series debuting March 2018 from Say Anything frontman Max Bemis (Moon Knight, Polarity) and GLAAD Award-winning artist Michael Dialynas (The Woods, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) about a young girl who goes to sleep every night and becomes the hero of all of her favorite stories, living out grand adventures and learning more about the reality she lives in than she could ever learn in her waking life.

“I wanted to create a comic book I could give to my daughter when she’s old enough to read,” said Bemis. “Plus, as a kid, I remember enjoying Star WarsThe Goonies, and Indiana Jones—things that were larger-than-life adventures. I wanted to do something like that.”

Lucy is a grumpy, emotive, full-of-life, 13-year-old girl who keeps waking up in the shoes of various archetypal female heroes. One night she’ll wake up as a space princess turned rebel leader, another night she’ll be a reluctant heroine who becomes the symbolic motivation for an entire country to revolt. But as fantastic as these “dreams” are, they carry the same life-and-death stakes as if Lucy was awake in real life. The reason why all this is happening to her, though, is a secret for now. 

“I don’t want to spoil why it happens,” Bemis said. “But I will say it’s a confusing time for Lucy. She’s on the cusp of young adulthood and doesn’t feel like she fits in. She looks down on the hypocrisy she sees surrounding her so she’s escaped into the world of fiction.”

BOOM! Studios published Bemis’ first original comics work, Polarity, in 2013, followed by Evil Empire and Oh, Killstrike. With artist Michael Dialynas, the publisher recently published the conclusion to his award-winning, long-running series, The Woods, with writer James Tynion IV.

“After drawing a four-year long YA series on a murderous planet in a galaxy far far away, LUCY DREAMING seemed like a perfect opportunity to stretch my muscles on a fun story involving multiple universes and different genres,” said Dialynas. “The fact that I'll get to play around with a new style AND build up a few new worlds is very exciting for me!”

LUCY DREAMING #1 will have a cover illustrated by interior artist Michael Dialynas. Print copies will be available for sale March 2018 at local comic book shops ( to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

"Over the past few years, Max has proven himself to be one of the most exciting new voices in comics, with the writing chops to back it up," said Eric Harburn, Editor, BOOM! Studios. "Brought to life by Mike's immense, emotive talents, LUCY DREAMING is fun, dark, aspirational, and thought-provoking."

LUCY DREAMING is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power RangersWWEBig Trouble in Little China,Victor LaValle’s DestroyerMech Cadet YuGrass Kings, and Klaus.

For continuing news on LUCY DREAMING and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.


Really happy to announce that our comic THE WOODS got the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Comic this year!!!

Thank you all for the support with our series! <3

“The Woods,” the BOOM! Studios series by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas, has won the 2017 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic. Presented Saturday during a ceremony held in Los Angeles, the awards honor outstanding portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

Debuting in 2014, “The Woods” is a sci-fi drama about an entire high school — 37 students, 52 teachers and 24 staff members — that vanishes from suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, only to reappear light years away at the edge of an ancient, primordial wilderness filled with dangers at every turn. The publisher’s bestselling comic of 2014, “The Woods” was optioned for television in 2015.

This marks the first GLAAD Media Award nomination and the first win for “The Woods.” The BOOM! Studios series “Lumberjanes” won the award in 2016.

“The Woods” edged out fellow comic book nominees “All-New X-Men,” “Black Panther,” “DC Comics Bombshells,” “Kim & Kim,” “Love Is Love,” “Lumberjanes,” “Midnighter”/”Midnighter and Apollo,” “Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!” and “Saga.”

Saturday’s ceremony will be broadcast Thursday, April 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Logo. A second GLAAD Media Awards ceremony will take place May 6 in New York City.

New cover for THE WOODS #31

Out this Wednesday is the 31st issue of THE WOODS.

This is the first time I thought that we should change the cover from the one that was solicited a few months back cause this one feels like a better depiction of whats going on in this issue.

So this week you wont find Ben tripping out but Sanami looking at photos of her classmates with little Isaac's running around instead.

I think it might be the only cover that's not on our alien world or that has Alien Purple and Space Greens on it.


Here's the previously announced cover with our hunter Ben Stone tripping on Gazer Root.

THE WOODS solicitations for May 2017.

This month you can head to your Local Comic Shop and preorder with issue 32 of the series OR Advance preorder the 7th volume called The Black City, that'll be out this July!


    • Retail Price: $3.99
    • Writer: James Tynion IV
    • Artist: Michael Dialynas
    • Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

Karen is anxious to end Isaac’s plan, but first they must team up with an unlikely ally.

THE WOODS VOL. 7: The Black City

  • Retail Price: $14.99
  • Writer: James Tynion IV
  • Artist: Michael Dialynas
  • Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas
  • Written by The New York Times best-selling author James Tynion IV (Detective Comics) and illustrated by Michael Dialynas (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), “The Black City” collects the seventh arc of the best-selling series, now in development at Syfy. Is there a reason mankind has always feared the untamed forest? Karen, Sanami, and Ben will have to venture far beyond the reaches of the civilization they’ve built and into the heart of the alien wilderness in the hopes of finally going home. But in the center of the woods, they discover the truth behind the ancient fear of the forest for themselves.
  • Collects issues #25-28.

THE WOODS in development at Syfy channel!

I forgot to post this in December, so here it is!
THE WOODS is currently in development at the Syfy channel with Brad Peyton set to direct and produce the series.

Written by Michael Armbruster based on the comic by James Tynion IV and illustrator Michael Dialynas, the thriller is a co-production between Boom! Studios and Peyton’s ASAP Entertainment. It is set in Wisconsin where an entire high school campus — including the 300 students, teachers, parents and workers who happened to be there at the time – vanishes without a trace and reappears in the middle of the thick woods on the moon of a distant planet. Now their normal lives have suddenly and dramatically changed as they must survive the eerie and dangerous environment while desperately trying to find a way to get back home.

In addition to directing, Peyton will executive produce alongside his producing partner, Jeff Fierson. Also executive producing are Armbruster and Boom!’s Ross Richie and Stephen Christy. Josh Levy from Boom! will co-executive produce. Universal Cable Productions, where the project was set up a year ago, is the studio.

“We’ve always seen this title as having the potential to be a stand-out sci-fi property, and there’s no better team to do that with than with Boom! and the teams at UCP/Syfy,” said Peyton and Fierson.

The Woods, currently on Issue 27 of a planned 36-issue run, is one of the longest-running series for Boom! The comic recently was named a 2016 Best Graphic Novel for Young Adults by YALSA.

This is Boom! Studios’ second collaboration with Peyton, who also is attached to direct their Malignant Man feature at 20th Century Fox, based on James Wan’s graphic novel. ASAP Entertainment, which is behind the upcoming New Line/Warner Bros feature film Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson, also has drama First Responders in development at NBC with Vin Diesel producing, and their Netflix series, Frontier starring Jason Momoa, launches in January. Peyton is repped by CAA and Peikoff Mahan. Armbruster is repped by Kaplan/Perrone, Gersh and attorney Mark Temple.

Boom! is in production in South Africa on The Empty Man, a supernatural thriller that is the first feature film to come out of the publisher’s first-look pact at 20th Century Fox. In television, Boom! — which has a first-look deal with 20th TV — recently sold drama Hacktivist to the CW with Matt Corman and Chris Ord writing and Alyssa Milano producing and has Butterfly in development at Channel 4 in the UK with Arash Amel writing and Cow Boy at DreamWorks Animation TV.


Had some time off after finishing my issue of TMNT UNIVERSE and Volume 7 of THE WOODS lately and before i got back into working the next issue, I thought i might loosen up and try something new with a cyberpunk Ronin character.

I had fun drawing this guy so i might do more of these characters in my breaks.
So here's the Heavy Metal Sword Master, Gonyosoma aka RATSNAKE.


THE WOODS solicitations for September and October 2016.

Right now you can order the beginning of Year Three of THE WOODS. (The final year of the series.)

Issue 25 is now up for order at your local comic book store, order code JUL161379
You can get the regular wraparound cover or the Jenny Frison Incentive variant cover.

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artists:
Main: Michael Dialynas
Incentive Cover: Jenny Frison
Synopsis: The final year of The Woods begins here, as our crew comes to terms with the fallout from the destruction of Bay Point.

In the next PREVIEWS you can now order also the 26th issue of the series and also preorder the 5th volume, THE WOODS vol.5 THE HORDE

I'm super excited to see these when they come out!

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas
Synopsis: The war between The Horde and New London claims more lives as Isaac goes deeper into the Black City.

Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas
Synopsis: Over a year has passed since Bay Point Preparatory High School found themselves countless light years away in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Now the crew finds themselves divided, choosing sides in a war that has been raging for hundreds of years. “The Horde” collects the fifth arc of the best-selling series, issues #17-20.

Sun Fried Blood Tomatoes.

Woke up this morning with my face covered in dry blood.

I recalled a dream of giant pouncing lions in space, it may have been because I was watching Voltron Legendary Defender last night.
Then i suddenly remembered, my cat Oliver stepping on my face while i was dreaming and just left me there bleeding into my pillow in the high temperatures of our first heat wave of the year.

The risks of having cats #53

"THE WOODS vol.4: Movie Night" is out June 1st!

Tradewaiters rejoice! The 4th volume of THE WOODS is out this Wednesday!
Many things have changed since the end of Year One (3rd volume) and you can check out a few of them in the first 10 pages below.
Have a great day!


On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace, finding themselves countless light years away in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Collecting issues #13-16 of the critically acclaimed series, the fourth story arc begins in the wake of the election, and the results have turned the students against their newfound allies. As Karen learns more about the Aboriginal people and their control over the power of the Woods, she must choose between her friends and her destiny.

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Price: $14.99

THE WOODS #23 Preview!

ComicbookResourses just uploaded a preview of next weeks issue of THE WOODS.
You can check out the preview pages below featuring a scene where Sander meets Sanami who has an important message.
This issue will be available at all good comic shops on June the 1st!

Karen reveals to the leaders of The Horde and Bay Point that one of their own knows how to activate the Black City and take full control of the planet, terrifying everyone.

THE WOODS #22 Preview!

ComicbookResourses just uploaded a preview of next weeks issue of THE WOODS.
You can check out the preview pages below featuring a touching Karen / Sanami scene.
This issue will be available at all good comic shops on May the 4th!

The Woods #22
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas Colorist: Josan Gonzalez
Editors: Eric Harburn, Jasmine Amiri
Publisher: Boom! Studios

Calder and Sander team up tin the hopes of saving Karen from herself, while the rest of the crew try to gather forces in the hopes of taking on The Horde.