Nagata Kabi’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness was one of 2017’s most startling graphic novels, a confessional manga about bulimia, coming out and the struggle for intimacy in a society that frowns on homosexuality. It was named one of 2017’s Best Graphic Novels by the PW team and the highly relatable story found a ready audience among US manga fans.
But there’s more to her story. Kabi’s sequel, My Solo Exchange Diary, is coming in 2018 from Seven Seas in June
In this follow-up to the viral sensation, Nagata Kabi uses engaging diary comics to explore her personal issues surrounding mental health, identity, and intimacy. Her relationship with her parents is growing more difficult than ever, and she struggles with the idea of living alone for the first time. Join her on her heart-wrenching, relatable journey through the challenges of adulthood.
Drawn in millennial pink, My Lesbian Experience follows Kabi’s attempts to express her own sexuality, culminating in a visit to a gay prostitute. Often drawn in a chibi (cute) style, it’s painful, awkward and deeply expressive.
This book should capture the same audience that made Kabi’s first book such a viral sensation.
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.