It’s a bird…It’s a plane…It’s Barclay the Bee!

A bee in comic book stardom – Barclay the Bee!

We are so excited to announce the arrival of “Barclay the Bee,” a little six-legged supergal who is the star of a new comic book by artist Olga Andreyeva.

Created by the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel and The Center for Sustainable Design Strategies at Pratt Institute, the children’s comic underscores sustainable hospitality and the importance of honeybees for the environment. Barclay (who is based on the real-life bees we keep at the hotel) is a new worker bee who learns the ropes of harvesting pollen and making honey while meeting the many fabulous faces of New York City.

The comic is free to download from the hotel’s sustainability blog New York Barclay Buzz. It’s also available in print at the hotel for a $5 donation. One hundred percent of proceeds are donated to support the Honeybee Conservancy! (Would you like to donate to The Honeybee Conservancy directly? If so, please click here!)

We joined the artist, hotel staff, and thirty enthusiastic children for Barclay’s buzz-worthy debut. Olga taught kids how to draw bees on paper and with a computer. The Honeybee Conservancy’s member, Nicole, introduced the children to the real Barclay bees, the beekeeping suits we wear while tending them, and most importantly…their delicious honey!

Watch, enjoy, and please share our video with your friends!