Earlier this year, as everything was shutting down, Jessi Zabarsky saw her webcomic Witchlight published by Random House Graphic as a YA graphic novel debut, after creating comic books for almost fifteen years. "Lelek is a witch. That's all Sanja knows when she meets Lelek in the marketplace. But Lelek is hiding something — and as her life begins to intersect with Sanja's, all that she's kept to herself starts to come to light. Secrets, friendship, and magic all come together as Lelek gets closer and closer to uncovering the truth about her past…"
Jessi Zabarsky has now sold a second YA graphic novel, Coming Back, to Whitney Leopard at Random House Graphic. Coming Back follows "two young women who must go on their own separate journeys to discover who they want to be and what they mean to each other". She describes it on social media as "It's strange and heartfelt and full of some of my best-ever drawings."
Coming Back will be published in the sutumn of 2021. The deal was negotiated by Jessi Zabarsky's agent, Judy Hansen at Hansen Literary Management
Random House Graphic (RHG) is a new imprint dedicated to publishing graphic novels for kids and teens of every age and interest, fiction and nonfiction, and launched its first list in Spring 2020, young chapter books to YA, reflecting the rapidly growing popularity of the format among young readers. Gina Gagliano is the Publishing Director of Random House Graphic.
The Hansen Literary Agency is located in New York. Judith Hansen, the founder of the Hansen Literary Agency, is the former deputy publisher of Kitchen Sink Press. An attorney, she had a twenty year career with major trade book publishers including Simon & Schuster, NAL, and the Crown and Doubleday divisions of Random House.