Seattle: Mary Fleener Signs Billie the Bee Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST
Celebrate the publication of legendary alternative cartoonist Mary Fleener’s debut graphic novel, Billie the Bee, at Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery. Fleener will discuss her career and the new book with publisher and Fantagraphics founder Gary Groth. Complimentary refreshments and great fun!
At once light and playful, dark and complex, Billie the Bee is the compelling graphic novel debut of comics legend Mary Fleener.
Meet Billie, an oversized honeybee with an even bigger personality! She’s bold, boisterous, and always singin’ up a storm. Billie lives a sweet life exploring the marshes of San Diego and making friends with Kay the kind Fox, Rayleen the rattlesnake, and Flo and Mo, the dirty joke-telling turtle sisters. But one day humans arrive and illegally release some rabid creatures into the marsh lands, upsetting the delicate ecological balance of the habitat. Can Billie and her woodland friends band together to repel these wild outsiders? And when a natural disaster strikes, does Billie have what it takes to lead the hive?
Fleener’s intricate crosshatching and signature mind-bending forays into cubist storytelling masterfully conjure up the world of her plucky honeybee protagonist. A deep dive into the secret life of bees, Billie’s story is by turns both charming and harrowing.