Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Eat and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo (Love Is Love) and Lylian (Ellana) will be published by Boom! Studios in April 2020. The story follows Mindy, a young woman with an eating disorder who accidentally discovers a magical item that takes her on a journey of self-discovery, allowing her to re-evaluate her past and her self-worth as she dives fully into the present.
“Working on Eat and Love Yourself is a true healing experience for me. I suffered from an eating disorder in my early twenties, and while I was working on myself and getting better, I discovered how taboo and difficult of a subject it was to talk about,” said writer and artist, Sweeney Boo, in a statement. “This book is for everyone who has a difficult relationship with their body, or just themselves… I want to show everyone that they’re beautiful the way they are.”
“Working on Eat and Love Yourself is first and foremost a human, sincere, profound encounter with Sweeney Boo, who has been carrying this story for years,” said artist Lylian in a statement. “I am honored to be a part of this book that holds such personal meaning for Sweeney.”
According to the official synopsis, when she finds this magical object, Mindy is able to look at every part of her past including mistakes, lost relationships and more — which leads her to believe that she can fix everything and “get her life back on track.” Along the way, she learns how to treat herself and her body with love and kindness, regardless of her weight or her shape.
“Eat and Love Yourself is a timely and deeply personal story about battling society’s expectations and learning to unpack all the toxicity of impossible standards,” said Shannon Watters, senior editor at BOOM! Studios, in a statement. “Sweeney and Lylian bring Sweeney’s own experiences to life in a story that’s magical, moving, and a triumph for people everywhere who fight every day to love who they are.”
Print and digital copies of this graphic novel will be available April 2020. Check out the cover art below.
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