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D+Q acquires Sophie Yanow's The Contradictions

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Drawn & Quarterly has acquired world rights to Sophie Yanow’s Eisner-nominated graphic novel The Contradictions, to be published in 2020. This is Yanow’s first full-length graphic novel, a funny, incisive coming of age story about a queer college student figuring out her politics and identity while studying abroad in France.


Acquiring editor Tracy Hurren notes “The Contradictions captures that time in your life where you are meeting new people and learning about the world and all its problems—when everything feels vital and urgent. Sophie probes these emotions with respect yet a critical eye, telling a coming-of-age story that speaks to a very specific reality but is also incredibly relatable. Sophie is a gifted cartoonist and it’s been so exciting to see her style and linework adapt to this longer project.”


The Contradictions is a fictionalized memoir that examines how we define our politics and how we learn to question them. Sophie arrives in Paris hoping to cement her queer radical identity and befriends another exchange student, Zeynep, who’s committed to an anarchist lifestyle centered on veganism and shoplifting. During a disastrous hitchhiking trip to Amsterdam and Berlin, Sophie’s assumptions about the righteousness of their anarchist lifestyle are challenged time and again, leading her to question the value of a strict ideology in a world filled with contradictions.


Keenly observed, frank, and very funny, The Contradictions reminds us that we are all imperfect people in an imperfect world. Yanow has been serializing The Contradictions via Patreon and is nominated for the 2019 Eisner Award for Best Webcomic.


The Contradictions will be distributed in the US by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books. Jennifer Linnan represented Yanow in negotiations. Foreign rights will be represented by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency.



Sophie Yanow is an artist and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of What is a Glacier? and War of Streets and Houses. Yanow’s comics have appeared at The New Yorker, The Guardian, Fusion, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Nib. She has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and her translation of Dominique Goblet’s Pretending is Lying received the Scott Moncrieff prize for translation from French. Yanow has taught visual storytelling at the Center for Cartoon Studies MFA program in Vermont, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and The Animation Workshop in Denmark.



“With deft sketches and minimal text, she shows how the streets of a city can simultaneously foster and crush social change, and how urban humans cling to personal freedom in an increasingly monitored world.”—The Atlantic CityLab


“Each illustration conveys a wealth of emotional detail, from demonstrations to Yanow’s stripped-down view of herself. The book’s quiet deliberation becomes more impressive with each read; Yanow is an author/illustrator to watch.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review