• Jacqueline Walker

Kevin Panetta publishes new comic book, 'Bloom'


Kevin Panetta is a Washington-based comic book and graphic novel writer who has published a new comic book called “Bloom.”

"Bloom" was published Feb. 12, 2019, by First Second and is 368 pages long.

The book is about a boy named Ari whose high school years have come to an end. He now wants to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band.

The conflict is with his dad, whom he now has to persuade to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Ari used to enjoy working there when he was younger, but now he feels as if he’s wasting way his life over rising dough and hot ovens.

As a high school student, I think Panetta is showing how hard it can be for a son or daughter to move on with their lives when there’s a struggling family business. It tells a story of how some parents have their children’s life set out for them, by wanting them to carry on the family business.

In some cases, carrying out the family business is what some children want; on the other hand, some don’t want that lifestyle, which can cause problems between what the parents want and what their child wants.

According to Goodreads, "while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.”

I enjoyed reading "Bloom" and encourage you to read the comic book to see how the conflict is resolved.