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Exclusive Announcement: ‘Kudzu,’ Afrofuturist Graphic Novel

Afrofuturism is a well established genre for adult science fiction, but we don’t see much of it in kids’ graphic novels. That’s why this is such cool news: BOOM! Studios is announcing—here at GC4K—a new graphic novel, Kudzu: Heart of the Mountain, which is set in a post-apocalyptic South long after an environmental disaster has destroyed the land. Kudzu, the protagonist, is at the heart of it all as he learns that the disaster is linked to his family’s past, and that he holds the key to saving the world.

Creator Dustin Alexander Bolton is a professional animator who worked on Adult Swim shows, including Harvey Birdman, before going on to advertising. This is his first graphic novel.

Kudzu: Heart of the Mountain will be published under BOOM!’s KaBOOM! imprint and is scheduled for August 2020.

The full press release is below.

Step into an Afro-Futurist Adventure with All New Original Graphic Novel KUDZU: HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN from BOOM! Studios

Discover the Key to Saving Humanity and Living in Harmony with the World in July 2020

Los Angeles, CA (October 11, 2019) – BOOM! Studios announced today KUDZU: HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN, a brand new original graphic novel from cartoonist Dustin Bolton, presents a stunning new vision of sci-fi and fantasy fused together in an unforgettable story about discovering your future by first understanding your past.

Years after a worldwide ecological disaster, a young boy named Kudzu uncovers his family history…which is tied to the terrible event that destroyed the world! But as he learns the truth, Kudzu is drawn into a clash of worlds that threatens all of mankind, but may also be the key to giving the planet a new start.

Dustin Alexander Bolton is an artist and writer from Memphis, TN. Bolton earned his Bachelor of Arts in Film and Animation from Rhode Island School of Design before beginning his professional career in Atlanta, GA.  He forged his early career as an animator on several popular Adult Swim shows, including Harvey Birdman. Bolton’s professional roles have since evolved through various advertising roles for major brands, including Disney, Warner Media, and AT&T. His debut graphic novel emerges from the high tech-fantasy in 80’s pop culture and sci-fi films, the magical worlds crafted by Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, and the rich cultural heritage of African American families across the American south. 

“I’m so excited to unveil the world of Kudzu with its mythic beasts, rusty mechs, and caverns full of a mysterious power called tama,”said cartoonist, Dustin Bolton. “I also can’t wait for everyone to meet Kudzu, the boy who bonds with an ancient power to save his fragile homeland from the grips of a tyrant, and ultimately discovers the power that lies within himself.

KUDZU: HEART OF THE MOUNTAINis the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Regular Show, Ben 10, and Over The Garden Wall, along with original series like Just Beyond: The Scare Schoolby R.L. Stine and Kelly & Nichole Matthews, Hex Vet by Sam Davies, RuinWorldby Derek Laufman,  Hotel Dare by Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre, and Pandora’s Legacyby Kara Leopard and Kelly & Nichole Matthews.

“This is a truly excellent graphic novel for fans of adventure, science fiction, fantasy, and crazy heroics—so, a little bit of everything for everyone.”said Chris Rosa, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Dustin takes us on an adventure that spans across a magical world full of new discoveries, as well as new dangers, as young Kudzu and his friends set off to save the world.”

Print copies of KUDZU: HEART OF THE MOUNTAINwill be available for sale in August 2020 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.comto 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 KUDZUand more from KaBOOM!, please visit www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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