[Preview] HF Brownfield & Kayla Coombs to Debut QUINNELOPE AND THE COOKIE KING CATASTROPHE at Oni Press

is a Hysterically Funny and Refreshingly Imaginative
Debut Graphic Novel from HF Brownfield and Kayla Coombs

Oni Press, the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic book and graphic novel publisher, is proud to present QUINNELOPE AND THE COOKIE KING CATASTROPHE: Vol. 1, a hysterically funny and refreshingly imaginative middle grade graphic novel series from debut creators HF Brownfield and Kayla Coombs. When Quinnelope and friends discover all the cookies in the kingdom have gone missing, they must battle a series of food-inspired enemies to find the missing cookies and restore the Cookie King to his rightful place as the #1 tasty treat of Pleasant Towne. QUINNELOPE AND THE COOKIE KING CATASTROPHE: Vol. 1 will hit stores on September 19, 2023.


Featuring large panels, dyslexia-friendly lettering, colorful artwork, and light text per page, the Quinnelope series is a quick and fun-filled read. “Brownfield and Coombs have created a story that’s perfect for reluctant readers and young comic readers looking for some good natured fun,” said Oni Press Senior Editor Grace Scheipeter. “Fans of InvestiGators and Dog Man will have a new favorite series, come this fall.” QUINNELOPE AND THE COOKIE KING CATASTROPHE: VOL. 1 was acquired for Oni Press by Grace Scheipeter.

QUINNELOPE AND THE COOKIE KING CATASTROPHE: Vol. 1 is HF Brownfield and Kayla Coombs’ debut graphic novel. Kayla Coombs’ has won awards for her artwork for clients including The Kelly Clarkson Show, Sony Music and ABC. Her art went viral after a man hired her to animate a “Sleeping Beauty” sequence for his proposal to his fiance.

“Writing this book was an absolute blast!” said artist Kayla Coombs. “Brownfield and I have the same goofy sense of humor, so each page was a chance to crack each other up. There were moments when we laughed so hard, we could barely hold our pencils steady! We had a ball drawing Quinnelope to life, and we hope you’ll find her just as hilarious as we do.”

In THE COOKIE KING CATASTROPHE, Quinnelope wakes up one morning to learn all the cookies in her kingdom have gone missing. The bakery and grocery store aisles are full of cakes but NO COOKIES. What is a cookie-obsessed queen supposed to do?! Solve the mystery of the cookie catastrophe, of course! Along with her dutiful butler, Bub, and loyal companion, Star, the trio set out on a mission to find the missing cookies and restore these tasty treats to Pleasant Towne once again. But their quest isn’t as easy as it sounds… They’ll need to battle through a cookie-dough volcano, confront the chocolate chipmunk mountain, face off against egg-splosive enemies, and more in order to track down the missing Cookie King. Will Quinnelope be able to bring the Cookie King and his delicious cookies back to her kingdom, or will she be doomed to eat crummy cakes forever?


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“Quinnelope, Bub and Star are the focus of our series,” said writer HF Brownfield. “We wanted these characters to be relatable and hilarious. Quinnelope is big-hearted, wacky and imaginative with main-character energy while Bub is the ever-nervous planner and Star is the carefree, snarky commentator of the group. There’s something kids and parents alike can have a laugh over with this goody crew at the helm of our story.”

Full of vibrant colors, imaginative adventures, and 100% goofiness, QUINNELOPE AND THE COOKIE KING CATASTROPHE: Vol. 1 drops this September.

About the Creators

About HF Brownfield:

HF Brownfield is a curious human, storyteller, illustrator, and parent of three extraordinary offspring. Once upon a time, Brownfield earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. Since then, their career has taken many surprising twists and turns to places like the coffee world, technology, and marketing. When they aren’t writing books, they work in the financial industry and are always scanning the world for creative inspiration (a practice which makes board room meetings exceptionally exciting). Brownfield is often found roaming green fields, purple fields, and brown fields in the Pacific Northwest with their kids, partner, and fur babies. They’re determined to find Sasquatch one day, but so far he’s still winning at hide and seek. Their hobbies include consuming good coffee and embarrassing their children with the silliest dad jokes ever written.

About Kayla Coombs:

When Kayla Coombs was a kid, she spent hours dreaming up cartoon characters and scribbling stories with crayons. Since then, her artwork has received starred reviews from the BBC, the Kelly Clarkson Show, People Magazine, the Webby Awards, and more. Her childhood comics have evolved into a creative career spanning animation, picture books, graphic novels, illustration, and merchandise design. Kayla lives and creates on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne, Australia. She can usually be found rollerskating around her home studio with a pencil in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. Proudly committed to exploring themes of diversity, empowerment, and inclusivity, her stories bring joy to millions of children and adults around the world. You can visit her online at kaylacoombs.com.

About the Company:

The Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group is a premier comic book and graphic novel publisher located in Portland, Oregon. Merged with Lion Forge Comics in 2019 but established in 1997, Oni Press publishes a thoughtfully curated line of award-winning original and licensed graphic novels and comic books for readers of all ages. Notable titles from the Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group include: The Tea Dragon Society, Sheets, Gender Queer, A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, Scott Pilgrim, and Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty™.

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