Christine Suggs is a graphic designer, illustrator, and comics creator who lives in Dallas, Texas. In 2015, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas with a degree in communication design, an emphasis on graphic design, and a minor in history. You can see Christine's comic strips and cartoons on Instagram and website, often slice-of life autobiographical with a distinct visual style that has gained her plenty of fans. Here is how she introduces and describes herself.
Well, one of those fans appears to be Liz Kossnar at publisher Little, Brown. They have bought Christine Suggs' debut YA graphic memoir, Ay Mija!: My Bilingual Summer in Mexico to be published in 2023, with an unnamed sequel to follow, for a 6-figure deal, according to the new Publisher's Weekly. Which states that "Ay Mija! follows Christine as they spend two weeks with their family in Mexico, experiencing their history and finding their voice".
Christine Suggs' agents Melissa Edwards and Alyssa Jennette at Stonesong negotiated the deal for both graphic memoirs.
Last year, Little, Brown had directive to expand their graphic novel list for years going ahead, and appointed Andrea Colvin, formerly of Lion Forge as editorial director, Graphic Publishing to do just that. Publishing new fiction and nonfiction graphic novels for a range of ages, from early readers to young adults. Little, Brown has been doubling-to-tripling their comic book publishing line each scheduled year since then, with Suggs one of a number of beneficiaries of this publishing plan. It's another sign of major growth in the graphic novel market in bookstores, libraries and book fairs, as well as the greater range in content and comic book styles being published. It's a long way until the USA gets to the kind of breadth and depth enjoyed by Japan, Korea or France but it is one of a number of major moves in that direction.