Though Maia Kobabe is each essentially the most banned writer in America, and the Comics Business’s Co-Particular person of the 12 months, e have additionally discovered time to work on a brand new graphic novel about exploring gender.
In line with Publishers Weekly, Saachi’s Tales can be revealed in Spring 2025 by Scholastic’s Graphix imprint. Kobabe will write and artist Fortunate Srikumar will co-write the e-book, which is described as a coming of age middle-grade graphic novel about “aspiring writer Saachi, who struggles to navigate altering social dynamics and her evolving identification, as her mates begin coupling up and everyone else appears to suit neatly right into a boy/lady binary.”
Srikumar’s work may be discovered on Patreon and Instagram.
The e-book was acquired in a six determine public sale by editor David Levithan and agented by Emily Mitchell at Wernick & Pratt, and e ‘grammed in regards to the information.
“The whirlwind continues: I bought my second e-book, SAACHI’S STORIES, due out from @graphixbooks in 2025! I co-wrote this e-book with my fantastic, sensible, sizzling, humorous, gifted good friend Fortunate Srikumar. You’ll find them on instagram @diamoric.comix and @luckswats. We’ve each been engaged on this e-book since mid 2020, and I’m so excited to lastly inform you about it, and share it with the world in a pair years! This e-book is fiction, and it’s geared toward a youthful viewers than Gender Queer however it’s as soon as once more a few character wrestling with gender, identification, and sexuality, this time within the crucible of junior excessive. I’ll most likely publish updates and progress experiences on my patreon over the course of the following 12 months– our remaining artwork deadline is January 2024! Thanks for all of the help, and I hope you like this new e-book when it comes out. ✍️✨”
Kobabe is greatest identified, after all, for Gender Queer, eir first graphic novel, revealed by Oni/Lion Forge, an autobiographical story of Kobabe’s personal gender journey to being non-binary. (Kobabe makes use of e/em/eir pronouns.) Over the previous few years the e-book has change into each an inspirational e-book for individuals trying to perceive their gender, and a lightning rod for controversy, being faraway from cabinets in class lubraries and, more and more, public libraries over purported “obscenity.”
Kobabe spoke about eir subsequent e-book on eir highlight panel at SPX, as reported by Brigid Alverson.
“It was written largely based mostly on suggestions I acquired when Gender Queer first got here out,” Kobabe mentioned, “from dad and mom who would say, I learn this and it was so helpful, however my gender non-conforming youngster is like, 12, or 10, or 8, or 6, slightly too younger for this e-book. A number of dad and mom requested me, ‘Would you ever make an all-ages model of Gender Queer,’ and I used to be like, I don’t need to abridge my memoirs, however I may write a brand new e-book that hopefully is addressing what you’re asking me, which is, ‘I need a e-book about gender identification and sexuality, however that’s applicable for a youthful reader.’ In order that’s what impressed me to need to work on the e-book.”
Regardless of the controversy over Gender Queer, the e-book has by no means been marketed as a kids’s e-book, though it gained an Alex Award from the ALA, which acknowledges “books revealed for adults that maintain crossover enchantment for readers aged 12 to 18.”