In April 2021, BOOM! Studios will be releasing Guerilla Green, an original graphic novel about the guerilla gardening movement from Cookie Kalkair and Ophélie Damblé.
The story follows a 30-year-old resident of a city who has become a part of the guerilla gardening movement, a decades-long project which aims to reintroduce some plant life into the concrete jungle. Plus, while the story follows the personal journey of the protagonist as she makes an effort to make her city more green, the graphic novel will also include plenty of nonfiction information on how to make city environments more sustainable, botany-friendly locations.
The graphic novel is a collaboration between two accomplished creators. Damblé is the French YouTube creator responsble for the channel “Ta Mére Nature” (“Yo Mamma Nature”). In 2017, she abandoned an office job to become a city farmer, and she recently established a greenhouse in Paris.
Kalkair is a French graphic novelist who is currently based in Barcelona. His work explores social topics in a educational way, including 2016’s The Last 9 Months, which follows dads through the journey of pregnancy.
The duo worked together on Guerilla Green for over a year, and Kalkair said that Damblé demonstrated to him that anyone could get involved in the guerilla gardening movement.
You can read the press release announcing Guerilla Green in its entirety below. Do you have a green thumb? Will you be picking up Guerilla Green when it makes its way to comic book shops in April 2021? Let us know in the comment section!
GUERILLA GREEN Takes Root at BOOM! Studios
Explore the World of Guerilla Gardening with a Brand New Graphic Novel in April 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA (October 22, 2020) – BOOM! Studios today announced GUERILLA GREEN, a new original graphic novel from the acclaimed team of Cookie Kalkair & Ophélie Damblé about a thirty-year-old city-dweller who’s joined the guerilla gardening movement, which has been fighting for decades to bring more green back into cities that increasingly resemble concrete jungles, available in April 2021.
This city gal’s putting the guerillas’ motto into action by reviving the true spirit of her city and showing everyone the true nature of their world! Explore the real world of the guerilla gardening movement that teaches us the principles of making our cities more beautiful and sustainable places, one plant at a time.
Cookie Kalkair is a Barcelona based French graphic novel author who, since his first release in 2016, has been writing on the frontier between documentary comic books and lifestyle blogging. His work explores a multitude of social topics for a mainstream audience in an open-minded and educational way. His first book The Last 9 Months, accompanies soon-to-be dads through the process of pregnancy, and not long after, its spiritual sequel, Pénis de Table, returns to Cookie’s group of male friends as they deepdive into each others’ sexual lives. His most recent work “Guerilla Green”, co-written with eco-activist Ophélie Damblé, aims at educating city folk about the power of the green rebellion.
“While working with Ophélie for more than a year on this book, she has shown me that my city deserves more than just endless layers of concrete and buildings,” said Kalkair. “More plants and more life! And that the Green Revolution is accessible to ANYONE— even to a comic book geek like me.”
Ophélie Damblé is a French Youtube creator from the channel “Ta Mère Nature” (“Yo Momma Nature”). Graduated in Communication, she left her office job in 2017 to change careers and become a city farmer. Through her videos and books, she explores the relationship between city and nature and splits her time between her newly created greenhouse at La Cité Fertile (in Paris) and her Youtube channel. She co-wrote the flower power survival guide “Guerilla Green with comic book author Cookie Kalkair in 2019. Her second book, “Manifest Pratique de Végétalisation Urbaine, was released in 2020 at Editions Solar.
“I would never have thought that I would become a comic book character one day AND that green hair would suit me that well!” said Damblé. “I’m so excited to see our graphic novel on guerilla gardening in the US, and I hope it will motivate you to PLANT EVERYWHERE!”
GUERILLA GREEN is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, home to groundbreaking original series such as Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson; Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera and Celia Moscote; The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes; Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad; Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams; and Seen: True Stories of Marginalized Trailblazers.
“The passion and excitement that Cookie and Ophélie bring to the subject of guerilla gardening is incredibly infectious! When you read their graphic novel, GUERILLA GREEN, you’ll immediately want to grab a pair of gloves, some plants, and go make your city a greener place for everyone to enjoy,” said Shannon Watters, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios.
Print copies of GUERILLA GREEN will be available for sale in April 2021 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.
For more on GUERILLA GREEN and other projects from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.