FIELD TRIPPING Is a New ComiXology Original Series

School is back in session across the country, and to celebrate, Comixology is launching a new series called Field Tripping. The series is co-written by James Asmus and Jim Festante with José García providing the art and Ryan Ferrier providing the letters. Field Tripping will last for five issues.

When a flighty teacher with a mysterious bus takes her young students on field trips into parallel dimensions to illustrate different lessons, she fails to realize that it’s a horribly dangerous idea and that children break everything they touch. The machine breaks and leaves them stranded, jumping between bizarre worlds but never seemingly able to go back to their own.

Seven years in the future the surviving kids are now teenagers – wildly transformed by the worlds they’ve visited but seemingly unable to grow up and take responsibility for themselves. That is, until a surprise vendetta upends their routine and forces the kids to step up and act like adults for the first time.

In a statement, Asmus said:

Field Tripping is a candy-coated sugar-rush of innocent kids’ cartoons shoved into an adrenaline and anxiety-fueled life and death bender across everything your childhood self feared and fantasized about. Space, unicorns, alternate dimensions, labyrinths, pirates, ghosts, crushes – it’s a world where anything is possible and everything is terrifying. Just like actual middle school.

Meanwhile, García stated:

The story involves a lot of jumping between dimensions, so it gives a lot of opportunity to see brand new worlds and explore some really wacky ideas. The art is super detailed and colorful so even if you only see just one glimpse of the world, looking at the details of the environment, the clothing and design of the characters in it, you know there’s so much story behind it.

It sounds like a darker Magic School Bus to me, and that’s not a bad thing. Field Tripping will be available on Comixology on September 11.

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