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 creator 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 subject, her personal psychological well being struggles, studying comics, and her want to assist others. Kim-Pleasure’s constructive, empathetic, and vibrant persona comes by means of on each web page and is enhanced by the inspiring illustrations of acclaimed Indonesian artist Alti Firmansyah (Star Lord & Kitty Satisfaction, Goliath Ladies, X-Males ’92, Marvel Voices: Identification) who makes use of a black-and-white manga-influenced artwork type 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 will probably 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 fun 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 adequate, of self-criticism, and the trail in the direction of self-acceptance. That is explored by means of baking, and particularly, the symbolism of the turtle–popping out of its shell and transferring ahead; nevertheless slowly which may 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 the whole lot, however a narrative concerning the small steps ahead (and typically 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 beloved 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 means house from one other unsuccessful job interview. Her social anxiousness tries to maintain her away however the bakers encourage her to return out of her shell, particularly the caring and supportive Bea. Because the membership bakes collectively, Yan discovers that her new mates 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 demise, to discovering romantic companions, to most cancers, to divorce, to youngsters, to protecting a job. However when Bea abruptly leaves Baking Membership and not using a hint, they need to maintain it collectively and head out searching for solutions and closure.
“Turtle Bread is a narrative concerning the power of vulnerability; how displaying a little bit of our softness from beneath a tricky exterior shell can break down obstacles between us that serve to strengthen the loneliness on the planet,” says Kim-Pleasure. “Being cognizant of who we’re and the way we have an effect on others is a present. I would like folks 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 means separate substances come collectively when baked to type one thing contemporary 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 outlets and in all places books are offered / MSRP: $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN 978-1-506730981 / Darkish Horse Books)
In regards to the Creators
Kim-Pleasure is the bestselling creator of 4 cookbooks Baking with Kim-Pleasure, Have fun with Kim-Pleasure, Christmas with Kim-Pleasure, and the latest 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 along with her distinctive, intricate baked creations that captured the hearts of the nation. Her iced woodland creatures, house turtles and superbly embellished muffins – alongside along 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 quite a lot of roles inside the psychological well being subject, she now devotes her time to baking up creations and recipes that convey a little bit Kim-(Pleasure!) to as many individuals as potential, 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 larger London, studied in each Bristol and Leeds, and now lives in Leeds along with her associate Nabil, and her cats Inki and Mochi. Comply with Kim-Pleasure on social media @kimjoy (insta) @kimjoyskitchen (tiktok, Twitter), @Kim-Pleasure (YouTube)
Alti Firmansyah is knowledgeable artist who has been working within the comedian business since 2012. Her first printed work was Titan comedian’s Tomorrowland. She additionally made an look in Heavy Metallic 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. Comply with Alti on social media @altifirmansyah.