Here's something fetch; we're finally getting a proper Mean Girls sequel. Sort of. Insight Comics has announced the release of Mean Girls: Senior Year, which will be available as one of the titles for Free Comic Book Day 2020. The issue being released for FCBD will be just a preview of what's to come, as Insight is planning to publish the full-length story next fall. The book is being written by Arianna Irwin (The Comet) and features art by Alba Cardona (Paradiso).
Mean Girls was released in 2004 and has since become a cult favorite of sorts. Fans have been clamoring for a proper sequel ever since. A made-for-TV sequel, Mean Girls 2, was produced in 2011, but didn't feature any of the original characters, and certainly didn't scratch the itch for those who liked the original. This comic will offer a chance to look back at Cady, Regina, and the rest of the gang during their senior year, which is something that simply wouldn't be possible in the real world.
Mean Girls: Senior Year centers on Cady who, after struggling to survive the wild events at Northshore High School the year before, has learned her lesson and is swearing off drama. It's all about good grades, SAT prep, and college applications from here on out. However, the new transfer student Megan Moretti isn't going to allow her to stay focused. Megan is determined to rise to the top of the popularity food chain and become the newest Plastic. Cady, Regina, Gretchen, and Karen will have to come together and stop this queen bee wannabe from turning the school inside out all over again.
Over the years, several cast members, most notably Lindsay Lohan have expressed their desire to return for a true Mean Girls 2. Sadly, nothing ever materialized. The original was written by Saturday Night Live alum Tina Fey and directed by Mark Waters. It went on to become a huge hit, grossing $129 million at the box office, working from a budget of just $17 million. The movie's popularity has only grown over the years and has spawned a national Mean Girls holiday on October 3rd and even went on to inspire a Tony-nominated musical.
Since the movie was released 15 years ago, the cast has moved on and a sequel like this simply can't happen. So this comic will give us something that truly can only happen in this medium. To go along with the announcement, Insight Comics revealed the cover art for the book, which features the gang gathered together, in comic book form. Free Comic Book Day, a single day in the first week of May, is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores. Mean Girls: Senior Year will be available at participating comic shops on May 2, 2020. Be sure to check out the cover art for yourself below.