An ancient Greek tale of love and loss, the story of Persephone has been around for thousands of years, and now BOOM! Studios are bringing the story to a modern audience. Persephone, inspired by the myth, will tell the tale of a young girl whose search for the truth of her identity takes her on a journey into the Underworld.
Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky’s moving original graphic novel is a modern-day fantasy adventure featuring a nuanced, emotional story alongside lush art. Locatelli-Kournwsky draws from his own experience as an expat to explore Persephone’s quest for who she truly is.
“For a long time, I wanted to write a story that speaks to the bond between a mother and daughter, as well as this timeless theme we call ‘the quest for identity.’ This is something really important to me—it was already the main subject of my previous book about Pocahontas, and something I experience in my everyday life as an expatriate,” said Locatelli-Kournwsky, who was born in France but now lives in Japan. “I’ve read Greek mythology stories many times and grew fond of Persephone and Demeter, so I decided to make a book about it.”
The adopted daughter of famed magician Demeter, Persephone strives to find her own way, outside the vast shadow of her mother’s talents. Recurring nightmares drive her to further explore the truth behind the secrets of her birth, which everyone around her seems intent on keeping from her. Persephone embarks on an epic adventure deep into the Underworld where she hopes to discover just who—or what—she is.
Anime fans will enjoy Locatelli-Kournwsky’s art inspiration, the great Hayao Miyazaki.
“I am absolutely crazy about Whisper of the Heart and Only Yesterday,” said Locatelli-Kournwsky. “The main characters from these movies were my main inspirations for Persephone. And Demeter is supposed to look like Kate Winslet from her film The Dressmaker, mixed with the Witch of the Waste from Howl’s Moving Castle.”
Persephone is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed Archaia imprint, home to series such as the whimsically adventurous Mouse Guard by David Petersen; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; and licensed titles like Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.
“Loïc caught our attention with his previous graphic novel, Pocahontas: Princess of the New World, so we were immediately drawn to PERSEPHONE and thought it would be a great fit for the Archaia imprint,” said Sierra Hahn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “With a beautiful mother-daughter story, plus themes of finding your identity and having the courage to persist, and combined with Loïc’s anime-inspired art style, I look forward to readers picking up Persephone and loving it as much as I do!”
Persephone will be available for sale May, 2018. Looking forward to the adventures of young Persephone? Let us know in the comments below, and visit us on GEEK FB.
Images: BOOM! Studios, Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky
Source: BOOM! Studio Press release