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.
"A welcome return for an alt-comix pioneer." — Booklist
"Fleener's forays into cubism make for some of the coolest-looking comics around." — The Guardian
"Billie’s story is a quirky, pleasant take on the talking-animal book." — Publishers Weekly
"This enormously talented underground writer/artist returns to the drawing board for an environmentalist graphic novel about a bee beset by invaders." — Paste
"On its surface, Billie the Bee is an approachable coming-of-age tale. And beneath that is a cautionary tale of the dangers in upsetting natural balances through negligence." — Broken Frontier
"These cubist tableaus are the book’s real draw, hypnotically patterned and lovably trippy." — Sean Rogers, The Globe and Mail
"Billie the Bee is a valuable introduction to two spheres of knowledge: the ways of the bee, and the agreeable style of a total comics legend." — Strong Words
Read an interview with Fleener in The Comics Journal