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Turtle Bread: A Graphic Novel About Baking, Becoming In, and the Energy of Friendship
Drawn by Acclaimed Indonesian Artist Alti Firmansyah
Turtle Bread Debuts Digitally from Comixology Originals on Could 2, 2023
and Arrives in Print from Darkish Horse Books this Fall
Kim-Pleasure, the bestselling cookbook writer and finalist on the Nice British Bake Off 2018, is writing her first graphic novel titled Turtle Bread: A Graphic Novel About Baking, Becoming In, and the Energy of Friendship. The all-new e-book is impressed by Kim-Pleasure’s ardour for baking and occasions from her life: working within the psychological well being discipline, her personal psychological well being struggles, studying comics, and her need to assist others. Kim-Pleasure’s constructive, empathetic, and vibrant character comes via on each web page and is enhanced by the inspiring illustrations of acclaimed Indonesian artist Alti Firmansyah (Star Lord & Kitty Delight, Goliath Ladies, X-Males ’92, Marvel Voices: Id) who makes use of a black-and-white manga-influenced artwork fashion in her first full-length e-book. Collectively, with letterer Joamette Gil, designer Cindy Leong, and editors Felix Horne and Allison O’Toole, they create a strong story that explores psychological well being, that feeling of not becoming in, group and, in fact, baking. Turtle Bread might be launched from Amazon’s Comixology Originals unique digital content material line on Could 2, 2023, in time for Psychological Well being Consciousness Month.
“Turtle Bread is a e-book about self-awareness,” says Kim-Pleasure (Baking with Kim-Pleasure, Have a good time with Kim-Pleasure, Christmas with Kim-Pleasure, and Bake Me a Cat). “It’s about that feeling of loneliness, of not becoming in or feeling ok, of self-criticism, and the trail in direction of self-acceptance. That is explored via baking, and particularly, the symbolism of the turtle–popping out of its shell and transferring ahead; nevertheless slowly that could be. Therefore: Turtle Bread! (And sure, there’s precise turtle themed bread! Plus a great deal of different recipes). It’s NOT a magical story about how baking and friendship repair every little thing, however a narrative concerning the small steps ahead (and generally sideways and backwards) regularly including up.”
Kim-Pleasure continued, “I’m in absolute awe of Alti’s art work within the e-book–it’s so expressive and emotive; you’ll be able to actually really feel a connection to the characters on every web page. As quickly as I used to be launched, I immediately cherished Alti and her work.”
In Turtle Bread, a younger girl named Yan who has a ardour for baking stumbles upon a neighborhood Baking Membership on her method residence from one other unsuccessful job interview. Her social nervousness tries to maintain her away however the bakers encourage her to come back out of her shell, particularly the caring and supportive Bea. Because the membership bakes collectively, Yan discovers that her new associates may have her too, greater than she realizes…
Beatrice, Yan, Amit, Zara, and Geraint make for a motley solid, every with their very own particular person points and life challenges they’re making an attempt to deal with–from loss of life, to discovering romantic companions, to most cancers, to divorce, to youngsters, to preserving a job. However when Bea abruptly leaves Baking Membership with out a hint, they have to maintain it collectively and head out seeking solutions and closure.
“Turtle Bread is a narrative concerning the power of vulnerability; how displaying a bit of of our softness from beneath a tricky exterior shell can break down limitations between us that serve to strengthen the loneliness on the earth,” says Kim-Pleasure. “Being cognizant of who we’re and the way we have an effect on others is a present. I need individuals to learn Turtle Bread and really feel much less alone, comforted, and impressed to drop their armour, come collectively and convey which means to their lives; in the identical method separate elements come collectively when baked to type one thing recent and new.”
Turtle Bread arrives digitally in Could from Comixology and in print from Darkish Horse Books this fall. Turtle Bread (160 pages / b/w / on sale October 3, 2023 in comedian retailers and all over the place books are offered / MSRP: $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN 978-1-506730981 / Darkish Horse Books)
Turtle Bread is now obtainable to pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at your local comic shop and bookstore.
Concerning the Creators
Kim-Pleasure is the bestselling writer of 4 cookbooks Baking with Kim-Pleasure, Have a good time with Kim-Pleasure, Christmas with Kim-Pleasure, and the newest Bake Me a Cat, in addition to the cardboard recreation Kim-Pleasure’s Magic Bakery. She rose to fame having made it to the ultimate of the Nice British Bake Off 2018 together with her distinctive, intricate baked creations that captured the hearts of the nation. Her iced woodland creatures, area turtles and fantastically embellished muffins – alongside together with her calmness and vibrant positivity – put a smile on everybody’s face and Kim-Pleasure has since earned a legion of followers all over the world. Having beforehand gained a Masters (distinction) in Psychology and dealing as a professional Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and in a wide range of roles throughout the psychological well being discipline, she now devotes her time to baking up creations and recipes that deliver a bit of Kim-(Pleasure!) to as many individuals as attainable, and continues to be open about her personal psychological well being struggles and is an advocate for higher psychological well being. She additionally helps many charities and is an envoy for The Wren Bakery; a neighborhood Leeds based mostly charity serving to girls who expertise drawback form a greater future for themselves by gaining expertise in baking. Kim-Pleasure was born in Belgium to a Malaysian–Chinese language mom and English father, she grew up in Belgium and higher London, studied in each Bristol and Leeds, and now lives in Leeds together with her associate Nabil, and her cats Inki and Mochi. Observe Kim-Pleasure on social media @kimjoy (insta) @kimjoyskitchen (tiktok, Twitter), @Kim-Pleasure (YouTube)
Alti Firmansyah is an expert artist who has been working within the comedian trade since 2012. Her first printed work was Titan comedian’s Tomorrowland. She additionally made an look in Heavy Steel Journal – Most Pressure. Her 1st look in Marvel got here 2015 with Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde. She co-created Comixology Originals Goliath Ladies with Sam Humpries. Her different works embody X-Males ‘92, Thor vs. Hulk, Gwenpool, Spider-Gwen, The Unstoppable Wasp, Fearless, and Marvel Voices: IDENTITY in 2021. Observe Alti on social media @altifirmansyah.