Two authors signed after 2018 graphic novel competition
Myriad Editions has bought world rights to two debut graphic novels discovered through its 2018 First Graphic Novel Competition.
The winning entry, Biscuits, by Jenny Robins, is a collection of stories about women living and working in London; Pluralism, by Sabba Khan, one of the shortlisted entries, explores what it means to be a second generation Pakistani immigrant living in Britain.
Robins emerged as the winner from the seven-strong shortlist. Creative director Corinne Pearlman said: "Jenny delighted all the judges with Biscuits (Assorted). We are thrilled to be publishing her work. As my fellow judge Sarah Shaffi commented: 'Like an excellent tin of biscuits – the expensive kind where some are wrapped in colourful foil – we couldn’t resist reading just one more page.' These parallel lives of London women are both universal and specific, intimate, moving, informative and funny."
Khan, one of the shortlisted authors, has also received a contract from Myriad for her work Pluralism. "Sabba’s work is so economical and evocative, promising an intriguing petal-like structure of storytelling taking its inspiration from the Quran," said Pearlman. Khan’s story explores the migrant experience through the personal lens of a second-generation working-class Pakistani Muslim living in London.
Myriad will publish Biscuits in April 2021 and Pluralism in June 2021 after Pearlman bought world rights from both authors.
Robins is an illustrator, comics artist and teacher with has a BA in Illustration from Southampton Solent University. She trained to be a teacher in 2010 at the Institute of Education, which she followed up with an MA in Art and Design Education in 2014. She now lives in London and has contributd to various publications and comics collections including Dirty Rotten Comics, Solipsitic Pop, Over the Line, and Meanwhile.
Khan is a designer, artist and maker who spans the fields of architectural design and visual storytelling. She has worked with and been published by grass roots organisations such as OOMK, Burnt Roti and Alternative Press to increase BAME representation in the arts and publishing. She is also an advocate of increasing BAME representation in architecture and construction and is one half of architectural practice Khan Bonshek.
Jenny Robins (second left) and left to right judges Kate Evans, Martin Rowson, Corinne Pearlman and 2014 winner Gareth Brookes