Lucy Knisley was one of the breakout cartoonists of 2013 with Relish, a charming, warm illustrated memoir mixing food and memory which even included recipes. The book ended up on many Best ofs lists for the year and established Knisley as agraphic novelist to watch out for.
It seems in 2014 she’ll be even more a voice of a generation, as Fantagraphics has acquired two new books by Knisley, both travel memoirs in the vein of her previous French Milk.
Fall 2014 brings The Age of License, which covers Knisley’s quest across Europe to find what is important in life. (See preview above and below.)
In summer 2015, she’ll release Displacement, another travelogue, this one concerned with taking her elderly grandparents on a cruise, and the other family problems which crop up.
“I’m really excited to finally be working with Fantagraphics, which I’ve admired for years,” Knisley said in a statement. “These books are an exploration of youth and freedom, versus responsibility and family, and I’m so glad Fantagraphics is the company to help me tell these stories.”
The two book deal was negotiated by Holly Bemiss at The Susan Rabiner Literary Agency.
The deal is significant in several ways; Relish was published at First Second and hit the NY Times best seller list, so Fantagraphics having the resources to publish as prominent an up-and-comer as Knisley puts then in a good position.
Also, Knisley’s widespread appeal, especially to a young female audience, adds another dimension to Fanta’s publishing profile.
And of course, Knisley joins the well-known line-up of the world’s best cartoonists
THE AGE OF LICENSE
A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
Fall 2014 • Paperback
208 pages • Black & white with some color
A Travel Memoir by Lucy Knisley
Summer 2015 • Paperback
123 pages • Black & white with some color
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.