NEWS WATCH: Abrams ComicArts Launches Lifetime Passes To Surely Curated Books By Mariko Tamaki


Comic book writer Mariko Tamaki will curate a new LGBTQ +-focused imprint for Surely Books, a new Abrams ComicArts. The new imprint will start appearing this month with the graphic novel, Lifetime Pass by writer Terry Blas and artist Claudia Aguirre, as well as a new set of unannounced titles previously slated for release in 2022 and 2023.

Releases for 2022 include M is for Monster, a heartfelt sci-fi storyline combining Frankenstein’s story with a heartwarming tale of sibling expectations, slated for Spring 2022 from Talia Dutton. Also scheduled for next fall, Back home by Kaitlin Chan tells the story of a queer millennial coming out in Taiwan during a new LGBTQ + era in Asia; and Mimosa by Archie Bongiovanni, the story of a group of 30-something queer friends forced to examine their relationships as they age.

The page guide to being a guy, the story of a guy forced to learn the intricacy of the genre from writer Kacen Callender and artist Seth Smith and the previously announced original graphic novel Washington’s gay general, the story of an unsung and openly gay American general during the War of Independence by writer Josh Trujillo (he / him) and artist Levi Hastings are on the agenda for early 2023. In addition, in spring 2023, Surely Books will publish Grand Slam Romance, the story of two best friends who play softball and find themselves on rival teams in a truly magical softball season, by writer Oliva Hicks and artist Emma Oosterhous.

L’empreinte, launched in October 2019 with the announcement of the books: Lifetime Passes and Thrown Out of Space: Inspired by the indecent adventures of Patricia Highsmith, start hitting the stands this month with Lifetime Passes, the story of a bunch of teenagers who come up with a ploy pretending to help the seniors to be transformed by them. Next date in February 2022, Thrown Out of Space: Inspired by the Indecent Adventures of Patricia Highsmith, is the fictional story of actual author Highsmith by writer Grace Ellis and artist Hannah Templer, will be released.

In an interview about the imprint with Editors Weekly, Tamaki, who has written comics in a variety of genres, including superhero comics, as well as graphic novels by YA, such as the critically acclaimed and award-winning film This summer with her cousin, artist Jillian Tamaki, and Laura Dean keeps breaking up with me with artist Rosemary Valero-O’Connell as well as four prose novels based on BOOM! Popular studios focused on gay people Lumberjanes Graphic novels, which Abrams published, said of the new imprint, crediting his partner, Heather Gold, with the idea for Surely Books:

“At the time, I was looking to move on to editing and another facet of comic book production. I had worked with Abrams on the Lumberjanes series and really loved the experience, so it seemed like a good place to start.

She added about the concept of Surely Books:

“The concept is simple, we just focus on LGBTQIA + creators and the stories they want to tell, which means the story itself doesn’t even need to be specifically about queer characters. So far we’ve really tried to cast a wide net, to break the boundaries of what we would even expect from a title Surely. Really, it just needs to be a beautiful, well-told story.

Charlotte Greenbaum, who edits the Surely books for Abrams, as well as Abrams’ Megascope imprint, with writer and editor John Jennings, who focuses on the works of people of color, as well as other graphic novels of Abrams and Amulet, said of working with Tamaki:

“Once a book is signed, Mariko and I work quite closely: she brings her author experience and I give more traditional editorial feedback. While Abrams will continue to publish LGBTQ + graphic novels in his other imprints, [Surely Books] gives us the opportunity to work with the incredible emerging talents of the graphic novel community. Not to mention the fact that Mariko is developing exciting new concepts with our creators that will really stand out in the genre.

Greenbaum also said of the target audience:

“One of the advantages of Sûrely is the size of the audience, but we are particularly interested in targeting readers who do not always see themselves and their experiences represented in the media. “

Tamaki’s 2008 Browse, which she co-created with Jillian Tamaki, was one of the first graphic novels to reach a large audience, including LGBTQ + teens. Tamaki thanks her first editor, Ann Decter, as well as editors Calista Brill, Shelly Bond, Joan Hilty, Andrea Shea and Paul Kaminski for helping her through the process, in these terms:

“Even the people I work with now teach me as I go. Writing is a very lonely experience, but I think the only way to grow as a writer and artist is to get that feedback and support. “

At Surely Books, she turns the tables, providing that feedback and support to emerging and more established creators, and in the long run, she hopes the imprint will attract new creators to the field as well.

“I hope there are people who read these books and are inspired by our inspirations. I would love for the books we make to be a stepping stone for people to tell more queer stories in the comics.

Lifetime Pass comes out later this month.

NEWS WATCH: Abrams ComicArts Launches Lifetime Passes To Surely Curated Books By Mariko Tamaki


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