It's always nice to reach a new milestone as an agency, even after seventeen years of existence. Today we are happy to announce our first graphic novel deal, and it's a doozy!
Calista Brill is a picture book author and an executive editor at First Second, where she is a recognized and beloved figure in the world of graphic novels. Add "graphic novel writer" to her resume, please: Her CREAKY ACRES, created in collaboration with illustrator Nilah Magruder, has just sold at auction! Here's the announcement:
Namrata Tripathi at Dial has acquired CREAKY ACRES, a middle-grade graphic novel by First Second executive editor Calista Brill and McDuffie Diversity Award-winning illustrator Nilah Magruder, in a three-book deal at auction. CREAKY ACRES features a lovable cast of characters at a run-down horse barn, including new girl Nora, who has to adjust to the change from fancy suburb to poor rural community, from moneyed equestrian center to Creaky Acres, and from being one of the few black girls riding horses in her area to being the only black kid in the whole town. Publication is set to begin spring 2019. Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented Brill and Jean Sagendorph of Mansion Street represented Magruder in the deal for world rights.
We were so thrilled with the reception this one received when it out on submission, and we're over the moon about how it landed. The trio of Calista, Nilah, and Namrata are going to bring an incredible book out into the world. Huge congratulations to all, and especially EMLA'er Calista!