Maia Kobabe

  • Northern California

Maia Kobabe is a graduate of the first ever class in the MFA in Comics program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Eir first full length book, GENDER QUEER: A MEMOIR, came out from Lion Forge Comics/Oni Press in May 2019. GENDER QUEER was a winner of an Alex Award and Stonewall Book Award in 2020, and nominated for an Ignatz Award and the Best Graphic Novels for Teens List from YALSA in 2019. It recently received its fifth printing and has been translated into Spanish, Polish, Czech, and French (due out in 2022).

Maia's short comics have been published on The Nib, The New Yorker, and included in the anthologies ALPHABET (2015), TABULA IDEM (2017), MINE! (2018), GOTHIC TALES OF HAUNTED LOVE (2018), THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS (2018), FASTER THAN LIGHT Y’ALL (2018), ADVANCED DEATH SAVES (2019), HOW TO WAIT (2019), SHOUT OUT (2019), ROLLED AND TOLD (2019), THEATER OF TERROR (2019), BE GAY, DO COMICS (2020) and THE MOST IMPORTANT COMIC BOOK ON EARTH: STORIES TO SAVE THE WORLD (2021). E has also illustrated the YA prose novel WE ARE THE FIRE, WE ARE THE ASHES written by Joy McCullough (2021).

Before setting out to work freelance full-time, e worked for over ten years in libraries. E has been self-publishing comics and zines since 2010, and has attended over fifty comic conventions in that time. Eir work is heavily influenced by fairy tales, homesickness, and the search for identity.

Maia Kobabe is represented by Emily Mitchell of the Wernick and Pratt Agency. Please reach out to Emily if you are interested in seeing Maia's in progress children's picture book or young adult graphic novel pitches.


MFA in Comics at California College of the Arts

2013 – 2015 San Francisco, CA

BFA in Studio Art at Dominican University of California

2007 – 2011 San Rafael, CA


Art - Action - Attitude - Borders

Medical University of Vienna Vienna, Austria

Six page comic "Dr Barry" included in a group show.


Giant Robot Store Los Angeles, CA

One illustration in a group show of small works on the theme of “underwater”.

Creative Citizens in Action

California College of The Arts San Francisco, CA

One poster included in a show urging people to vote in the 2020 fall election.

Emerging Artist: Maia Kobabe

Cartoon Art Museum San Francisco, CA

A selection of pencils and digital prints from the book GENDER QUEER.

Queer Comics Live

Queers and Comics Conference San Francisco, CA

Two pages included in a group show.

Society of Illustrator’s Comic and Cartoon Art Annual

Museum of American Illustration New York, NY

“Tom o’Bedlam” accepted into the annual show

Alphabet: The Queer Comics Anthology

Cartoon Art Museum San Francisco, CA

Four pages included in a group show.

Shared Universe: Comics Work

Strathemore Mansion North Bethesda, MD

Three pages included in a group show.

Guest Cartoonist

Charles M Schulz Museum Santa Rosa, CA