Mix two parts The Great British Bake Off with one-part magical boarding school plus a generous dash of romance and you’ve got Basil and Oregano, a sweetly delicious lower young adult graphic novel.
Porta Bella Magiculinary Academy is the finest school for the art of cooking with magic, and Basil Eyres is determined to be the top student. On the first day of her senior year, Arabella Oregano, the daughter of a renowned chef, joins the academy for her senior year as well. The two are instantly smitten with each other, but Basil senses there’s something Arabella is hiding from her. Still, the two work together to stand out from the class as the end of year culinary festival approaches. But when Arabella’s secret is reveled, Basil is faced with the hardest decision of her life, which has the potential to throw her future aspirations in jeopardy.
About the Author
Melissa Capriglione (cap-rig-lee-own) is a queer comic artist living in Indiana. She graduated in 2017 with a BFA in Drawing and Illustration from Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. She is best known for self-publishing a webcomic called "Falconhyrste" with co-author Clara W. since 2016. She specializes in stories featuring women who love women, and other LGBTQ+ representation. She is also the artist for S.P.I.R.I.T (2019, Arledge Comics), an on-going supernatural comic series, and a slice-of-life drama comic series called PiNKHEARTS (2019). Past clients include Action Lab, Arledge Comics, and Netflix. Her work has also been featured in anthologies such as The Local Haunts Anthology (2019), Life Finds A Way (2019), Awesome 'Possum (2018), Strange Romance Vol. 3 (2018), Lilies Anthology (2017), and Recondite Hill Anthology (2018).