Unretouchable, new YA graphic novel on body image by Sofia Szamosi
Untouchable through Sofia szamosi is a YA graphic novel based on the author’s own experiences, body image, social media, and the unseen forces that shape the way we think about ourselves. Picked up by Greg hunter at Graphic Universe, Untouchable tells the story of Olive, who spends the summer before college on an incredible internship: helping the digital imaging specialist for a major fashion magazine.
Sofia Szamosi is a zine creator and exhibiting artist, living in Northampton, Massachusetts, with zines, artist books and box sets distributed by Booklyn and Printed At New York. Untouchable will be released in the fall of 2022. Sofia Szamosi’s agent Jennifer weltz at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency made the case for North American rights.
Graphic Universe, as a imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, was launched in 2006 and publishes books in graphic novel format for young and developing readers. The initial series included Graphic Myths and Legends (sequential tales of famous myths from around the world) and Twisted Journeys (an interactive fiction series similar in nature to Choose Your Own Adventure, performed in a mixture of prose and comic book storytelling). Imprint later began publishing a variety of foreign children’s comics in translations and many award-winning designer-owned graphic novels. Jean Naggar created the literary agency Jean V. Naggar in 1978 as a one-person agency, then in 2006 in partnership with Jennifer Weltz, who had joined the agency in 1994. They incorporated under the name of the agency literary Jean V. Naggar, Inc., or JVNLA, Inc.
The YA graphic novel market has grown in recent years, fueled by an increase in demand for mid-level graphic novels over the past decade. This market is aging and looking for something new. Or even something slightly older refurbished for a new market that has never seen it before. Everything that works …