We are SO SO excited to welcome back our friend Sarah Mai to Wild Rumpus, not only as an illustrator, but now as an AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR! You may know Sarah from her illustrative work on the middle grade series The Cool Code, but now she's coming to us with her very own young adult graphic memoir--Freshman Year!
Everyone gets a fresh start. Who do you want to be?
Sarah is leaving suburban Wisconsin for college in Minnesota. She has high hopes for the future: impress her professors, meet interesting new people, stay close to her best friends and boyfriend back home, flourish as an artist, and shed her lingering high school anxieties. What seems manageable at first quickly unravels into a tailspin and she is overwhelmed by the freedom, the isolation, and all the possibilities that await in this new environment. Based on the author’s personal college journal and comics, Freshman Year navigates the inner workings of an 18-year-old girl in witty and heartfelt detail.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Masks are encouraged.
Following the event, Sarah will be available to sign copies of her books. If you are unable to attend but would still like a signed copy, you may order a copy from this page and we will ship after the event, or hold it behind the counter for local pickup. Please note in your order any personalization requests and we will do our best to accommodate. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 16th to guarantee signed copies.
Sarah Mai is an illustrator and writer based in Minneapolis who has a passion for sharing funny, heartwarming stories. Combining an enthusiasm for literature with a love of illustration led her to writing comics while at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Sarah's artistic inspirations vary from medieval printmaking methods to The Muppets, and in her spare time you can find her drinking extremely hot beverages and trimming her bangs. She is the illustrator of The Cool Code middle grade graphic novel series, and her debut authored young adult graphic novel Freshman Year, is coming February 2024.
A stylish graphic novel about the unique angst, humor, and self-doubt that comes with going away to college—perfect for fans of Heartstopper.
Everyone gets a fresh start. Who do you want to be? Sarah is leaving suburban Wisconsin for college in Minnesota.
For fans of Raina Telgemeier and Kayla Miller comes the second graphic novel in the funny slice-of-life Cool Code series.
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