Syndicated cartoonist Maria Scrivan is joining the ranks of graphic novelists with Nat Enough, to be published next year by Scholastic. The Beat is pleased to exclusively share the cover with you. Comics for younger readers are the fastest growing category of comics and are still growing, and down to earth tales like this are part of what’s drawing readers.
As you can tell from the cover, the story is one that we can all relate to: feeling you’re not good enough:
Making friends isn’t easy, but losing them is even harder! Natalie has never felt that she’s enough – athletic enough, stylish enough, or talented enough. And on the first day of middle school, Natalie discovers that things are worse than she thought – now she’s not even cool enough for her best friend, Lily! As Natalie tries to get her best friend back, she learns more about her true self and natural talents. If Natalie can focus on who she is rather than who she isn’t, then she just might realize she’s more than enough, just the way she is.
Scrivan will bring a lot of humor to the story. She’s best known for her syndicated comic Half Full, which appears daily in newspapers and on GoComics.com. It’s a gentle poke at life’s absurdities, and this one had me laughing out loud.
Nat Enough goes on sales April 7, 2020 and is aimed at reader 8-12.
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.