Cover of the graphic memoir  Gender Queer , by Maia Kobabe.

Cover of the graphic memoir Gender Queer, by Maia Kobabe.


Emerging Artist Showcase: Maia Kobabe, Gender Queer: A memoir

March 1 - July 1, 2019

The Cartoon Art Museum’s ongoing Emerging Artist Showcase features a selection of original artwork from Maia Kobabe’s debut graphic novel Gender Queer: A Memoir, to be published by Lion Forge in the summer of 2019.

Maia Kobabe’s intensely cathartic autobiography Gender Queer: A Memoir charts eir* journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere.  

*Maia Kobabe uses e/em/eir pronouns. These are a variation of the gender-neutral pronouns they/them/their.

Maia Kobabe, photo by Tristan Crane

Maia Kobabe, photo by Tristan Crane

About Maia Kobabe

Maia Kobabe is a nonbinary, queer author and illustrator with an MFA in Comics from California College of the Arts. E was nominated as a Promising New Talent in the Ignatz Awards in 2016. Eir first full length comic book, Gender Queer: A Memoir is due out from Lion Forge in summer 2019. E has published many short comics, including stories in the anthologies The Secret Loves of Geeks (Dark Horse, 2018), Gothic Tales of Haunted Love (Bedside Press, 2018) Mine! (Comics Mix, 2018), Tabula Idem (Fortuna Media, 2017), Alphabet (Stacked Deck Press, 2016), Faster Than Light, Y’all (Iron Circus Comics, 2018) and on The Nib. 

Kobabe’s work focuses on themes of identity, sexuality, anti-fascism, fairy tales and homesickness. E can be found online @redgoldsparks. 

About the Emerging Artist Showcase

The Cartoon Art Museum’s Emerging Artist Showcase is dedicated to the presentation of new and emerging voices in comics, from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Emerging Artist Showcase: Maia Kobabe is organized by the Cartoon Art Museum with the assistance of Lion Forge Comics.