While geek culture contains many branches, sometimes those different paths never intertwine. Fans of cult shows tend to only focus on the shows they love. One such cult show is GRAVITY FALLS. Airing from 2012 to 2015, this cartoon, created by Alex Hirsch, combined comedy with a fantastic supernatural mystery that left fans on the edge of their seats. Unfortunately, the show ended not too long ago, leaving said fans yearning for something more. While few TV shows could ever live up to the mastery of this series, comic books might be the cure for the post-show blues. So strap in as I present to you, 5 for the Fandom: GRAVITY FALLS Edition!

1. LOCKE AND KEY

Written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodríguez, LOCKE AND KEY is a horror-mystery series published by IDW. The story follows siblings Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode as they move into their ancestral home after the tragic death of their father. While the three are still trying to grapple with the immense weight of their father’s passing, Bode manages to discover a set of keys within their family’s manor that contain magical properties. The kids then start to unlock the secrets of their family’s history — and the true horror that lies behind every door.

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Image courtesy of IDW Publishing.

This series is a lot darker than GRAVITY FALLS. Yet, it is the best at keeping to the supernatural-style mystery format like the TV show. While it lacks some of the lightheartednesses, it also emphasizes the importance of family and defeating a great evil. Each of the keys in the series is unique and just as imaginative as any scene in GRAVITY FALLS (including the one where they defeat zombies with karaoke)! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such amazing world-building in a comic before or since. The designs themselves bring such a realistic expression to the absolute horror of the scenario, it’ll keep any reader enraptured.

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This ran as a limited series between 2008 and 2013. It totaled 37 issues of the main story, with three extra issues set as one-shots in the same universe. The main series is collected in seven volumes and the one-shots are all together in their own volume. LOCKE AND KEY can be purchased wherever comics are sold as well as here!

2. HOME TIME

Created by Campbell Whyte and published by Top Shelf Productions, this earnest indie graphic novel tells the story of twins Lily and David. They and their four friends find themselves in a wondrous magical world shortly after their graduation from primary school. The comic mainly focuses on their adventures in this realm and the underlying anxieties of graduating and how that means they’re growing up, whether they want to or not.

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Image courtesy of Top Shelf Productions/IDW Publishing.

Part of why I loved GRAVITY FALLS so much was that it showed the real fear of growing apart from your sibling during various phases in your life. While this show was nearing its end, I happened to have been graduating from high school at the time. The fear that my twin brother and I would grow apart in the ensuing months was a real concern during this phase that I felt nothing but empathy with Mabel’s character in the show. HOME TIME reminded me of this fear and also a love for things past. The friends of this comic act like real kids: oddly stubborn and exploring their identities in fairly immature ways. Yet, these actions made sense given how much they themselves are changing during this stage in their life. It’s a bittersweet feeling, but one that’s synonymous both with GRAVITY FALLS and HOME TIME.

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HOME TIME just released a few weeks ago and is available to pick up here as well as Top Shelf’s website. The first two chapters are also available on the author’s website!

3. LUMBERJANES

Created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen, and Noelle Stevenson, this comic is published by BOOM! Studios. The series follows a troupe of lumberjane scouts as they witness an old lady magically transform into a bear during their summer Jamboree. Once this occurs, three-eyed animals start to attack the camp, leaving this tenacious group to protect their scout ground while trying to discover why these creatures plague their land.

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Image courtesy of BOOM! Studios.

Out of all the comics talked about here, this one is closest to the tone of GRAVITY FALLS. While the mystery of the camp remains a key aspect of the comic, it’s still fairly light-hearted and character-focused. Each girl is just as memorable as the last, like the cast of the show. The supernatural aspect melds well with the modern-day setting that all fans of the show will feel right at home in this well-crafted comic. It’s also worth noting that the “look” of this series, with bright colors and simplistic character designs, is reminiscent of GRAVITY FALL’s more cartoonish appearance. If you like the look of the show, you likely enjoy this one too!

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As of writing this article, LUMBERJANES has 41 issues out plus a two-part crossover with GOTHAM ACADEMY. They are also collected in eight volumes and three LUMBERJANES: TO THE MAX editions. You can find this series at any comic book shop or here! Get your copy of this exciting summer adventure today!

4. HOOKY

Created by Míriam Bonastre Tur, HOOKY is a webtoon that tells the story of twins Dani and Dorian. They miss the bus to the school of magic and must find a new teacher for their mystical education. While the premise seems fairly straightforward, a conspiracy grows in the shadows as the leaders of the magical community desire to rule over both humans and magicians. From there, the twins find themselves embroiled in kings, princesses, dragons, and high adventure!

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Courtesy of Line Webtoon.

The twins, like Mabel and Dipper Pines, are a real dynamic duo unlike anyone else on this list. Each twin brings a specific kind of magical strength to their pair, like how Dipper and Mabel balanced one another out. The amount the two care for one another and their ability to work together, both elements found in GRAVITY FALLS, is a key aspect of the story. Once again, magic and mystery litter this fun comic.

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Currently, there are 118 chapters of the story and counting. The entire series is available online to read for free at your convenience. The series updates every Friday, so be sure to check it out once you finish reading this list!

5. PAPER GIRLS

Written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, this series is published by Image Comics. The story goes that a group of 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls find out a mysterious force from the future is invading their town. It’s up to them, during the early hours of Halloween, to protect their home and defeat the entity.

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Image courtesy of Image Comics.

The particular age of the characters matches well with the characters from GRAVITY FALLS, albeit they lack the same humor and immaturity of the show’s characters. Yet, PAPER GIRLS also portrays a group of characters having to team up to protect a place they love. Like how Dipper and Mabel would do anything for their small town, the paper girls’ lives are irreversibly changed because of their dedication to their home.

As of this article, there are 15 issues of PAPER GIRLS with more on the way! The series also appears in three trade paperbacks and one deluxe hardcover. The first issue to get you started is available for purchase here. Definitely, don’t miss this one!

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What comic will you be picking up to fill the agonizing wait between Sundays? Let us know in the comments below, as well as your comic book suggestions for fellow GRAVITY FALLS fans!

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