New comic is a ‘love letter to queer kids everywhere’.

BOOM! Studios has announced a new comic book series featuring the Swamp Nerds, the young protagonists who end up trying to save the world.

This new comic is brought to us by writer Gabby Rivera (America, Juliet Takes a Breath) and artist Royal A. Dunlap (Die Hibi Die, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and will be published on the company’s BOOM! Box imprint.

It arrives this November.

BOOM! Studios official synopsis tells us more:

“Years after the Plague That Ate Greed wiped out the ultra rich, b.b. free and her dad live in a small, close-knit community in the Florida Islands, where everything is shared and everyone’s got each other’s backs. b.b. is getting to be a teenager, though, and she’s starting to get more and more interested in the world beyond her swamp. For now, her only tie to the outside world is her radio show. But when she discovers a secret so large it could tear her family and entire community apart, b.b. realises that there’s a lot her father’s not telling her… and she might just have to head out into the world on her own to find the truth.”

Gabby Rivera said:

“b.b. free is the trippy wild adventure road trip I always wanted to go on as a kid, with a post-climate-change-America twist. Chubby, nerdy, teen me daydreamed about heading out into the world with a super cool best friend and doing whatever we wanted. Usually on motorcycles, with magical powers, and no parents to mess with our fun. With b.b. free, I get to do all that and more, with one of the best artists on the planet, Royal Dunlap. b.b. free is a bouncy love letter to queer kids everywhere, especially the chubby Puerto Rican ones.”

Writer Royal A. Dunlap explained:

“When I first read through the story outline for b.b. free, I was immediately sold by the eco-dystopian setting. A setting partnered by themes of coming-of-age, fractured family and found family, all layered with an eerie mist of wonder and magic enveloping it all. What I’m most excited about is introducing to readers the rag-tag group known as the Swamp Nerds, a.k.a the “inadvertedly-trying-to-save-the-world” young protagonists of this adventurous story.”

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