Chess And Teen Angst YA Graphic Novel Fellow Scholar 2024
Scholar’s Companion is a new YA graphic novel by Chris Kindred and Coleman Engle about the valedictorian of a science and technology high school who discovers a passion for competitive chess during his senior year, bringing him into conflict with his parents’ plans for the future. Kiara Valdez at First Second bought the graphic novel publishing rights and the publication of Scholar’s Companion is scheduled for 2024.
The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix lit a fire under the chess-related teen drama a few years ago, this may be perfectly placed to pick up residual interest as well as a whole previous manga story behind it. Chris Kindred posted on Twitter “I grew up with sports manga like Hikaru no Go, so I can’t overstate how exciting it is to tell a story like this. We hope you like it as much as we.” Kiara Valdez posted “Very excited to work with @itskindred
and @coleman_engle on their graphic novel filled with failure and teenage angst.” Chris Kindred and Coleman Engle’s Agent Charlie Olsen at InkWell Management handled the deal for worldwide English rights.
First Second Books is an American graphic novel publisher based in New York and an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, part of Holtzbrinck Publishers, distributed by Macmillan, with an editorial and creative director. Marc Siegel and editorial director Calista Brill. InkWell Management Literary Agents is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, proudly representing major literary winners as well as many of the world’s best-selling and best-loved authors. In addition to its full-time agents and their assistants, InkWell’s team includes a foreign rights department and a contracts manager.