Maia Kobabe discusses the physical and emotional process of creating eir groundbreaking graphic memoir, Gender Queer. Q&A to follow.
Graphic memoirist Maia Kobabe will discuss eir physical and emotional journey to create Gender Queer at a virtual event hosted by doctoral candidate Tesla Cariani, her students at Emory University, and Charis Books and More. The event will take place on April 8th, 2021, at 5:30 pm EDT. Register Here
Maia Kobabe is a graduate of the first ever class in the MFA in Comics program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Eir first full-length book, Gender Queer: A Memoir, came out from Lion Forge Comics/Oni Press in May 2019. Gender Queer was a winner of an Alex Award and Stonewall Book Award in 2020, and nominated for an Ignatz Award and the Best Graphic Novels for Teens List from YALSA in 2019. It recently received its fourth printing and its first foreign language translation into Spanish.
Maia's short comics have been published on The Nib, The New Yorker, and included in the anthologies Alphabet (2015), Tabula Idem (2017), Mine! (2018), Gothic Tales of Haunted Love (2018), The Secret Loves of Geeks (2018), Faster Than Light Y’all (2018), Advanced Death Saves (2019), How To Wait (2019), Shout Out (2019), Rolled and Told(2019), Theater of Terror (2019) and Be Gay, Do Comics (2020). E has also illustrated the YA prose novel We Are the Fire, We Are the Asheswritten by Joy McCullough (2021). Before setting out to work freelance full-time, e worked for over ten years in libraries. E has been self-publishing comics and zines since 2010, and has attended over fifty comic conventions in that time. Eir work is heavily influenced by fairy tales, homesickness, and the search for identity. (https://redgoldsparkspress.com/about)
Read a few excerpts from Gender Queer on eir website: https://redgoldsparkspress.com/projects/6926504
This event has been made possible by Emory University's Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) Engaged Learning Grant.
2020 ALA Alex Award Winner
2020 Stonewall — Israel Fishman Non-fiction Award Honor Book
In 2014, Maia Kobabe, who uses e/em/eir pronouns, thought that a comic of reading statistics would be the last autobiographical comic e would ever write. At the time, it was the only thing e felt comfortable with strangers knowing about em. Now, Gender Queer is here.