BOOM! Studios’s Archaia imprint have announced they will publish “About Betty’s Boob,” a silent film-inspired graphic novel about a breast cancer survivor, in June. Created by writer Véronique “Vero” Cazot (“Et toi quand est-ce que tu t’y mets?”) and artist Julie Rocheleau (“The Wrath of Fantômas”), the book follows the titular Betty as she comes to term with her left mastectomy by becoming a burlesque dancer.
“About Betty’s Boob” was published in French last year – under the briefer title “Betty’s Boob” – to much acclaim. According to Simon and Schuster, the book is 192 pages, and is suitable for grades 13 and up. We’ve attached the press release from BOOM! below:
BOOM! Studios Announces:
“About Betty’s Boob”
Discover One Woman’s Journey of Self-Discovery in June 2018About Betty’s Boob cover by Julie Rocheleau
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 2, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce ABOUT BETTY’S BOOB, an affecting and inspired examination of one woman’s painful, surreal, and oddly humorous journey following a mastectomy. Master storytellers Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau present the original graphic novel (OGN) story of Betty, who wakes up alone in a hospital room and finds herself disoriented by the body that greets her. She must face the cruel outside world obsessed with beauty standards, starting with her boyfriend, who’s having a very hard time dealing with her new look. No one seems to know what to make of this new Betty and neither does she.
Told largely through a silent sequential narrative, ABOUT BETTY’S BOOB is seminal work that will simultaneously inspire and surprisingly make you laugh as Betty must deal with loss and acceptance on this unforgettable journey of self-discovery.
“I couldn’t dream of a more fitting achievement for this silent and burlesque title than being adapted/published in the country of Buster Keaton and New-Burlesque,” said writer Vero Cazot.
“ABOUT BETTY’S BOOB is filled with references to silent movies and to American cartoons that I grew up with and still enchant me as an adult,” said artist Julie Rocheleau. “We set out to make that kind of story–one that speaks to many people, no matter their age or where they live.”
ABOUT BETTY’S BOOB, debuting in hardcover format and aimed at Mature Readers, is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ ambitious Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as “Mouse Guard” by David Petersen; “Rust” by Royden Lepp; “Bolivar” by Sean Rubin; “Jane” by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; and licensed series like “Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal” and “Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation.”
“Betty is my new favorite heroine. She struggles through and overcomes so much, ultimately to discover that the greatest power is the one from within. She’s an inspiration,” said Sierra Hahn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “This book will delight readers and defy all expectation.”
Print copies of ABOUT BETTY’S BOOB will be available for sale in June 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), book stores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
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