Gabby Rivera is adapting her best-selling novel Juliet Takes a Breath into graphic novel form this November with BOOM! Studios. Joined by artist Celia Moscote and colorist James Fenner, the comic is a queer coming-of-age story exploring race, identity, and what it means to be true to your amazing self even if the world doesn’t understand.
Writer Gabby Rivera says:
So excited to be working with BOOM! studios on the Juliet Takes a Breath graphic novel. We’re blasting new energy into the story and lush colors all over the page. Get ready for a Juliet Milagros Palante that’s gayer, chubbier, and more confident than ever before.
Juliet Takes a Breath follows Juliet Milagros Palante as she leaves the Bronx behind and heads to Portland, Oregon after coming out to her family. She’s not sure if her mom will ever speak to her again, but that’s not keeping her down. Juliet has a plan to help herself figure out what it means to be Puerto Rican, lesbian, and out by interning with Harlowe Brisbane – her favorite feminist author. The only problem is that Harlowe’s white, not from the Bronx, and doesn’t have all the answers. That’s more than one problem, but who said the plan was perfect?
Artist Celia Moscote added:
I am beyond excited for everyone to see Juliet Takes a Breath. I cried when I first read it! It’s a story I wish I had when I was first trying to navigate the world. It’s an absolute honor to be able to bring such an amazing cast of characters to life. Family drama, sexual re-awakenings and a bunch of incredibly smart and hot women, what more could you ask for?
Juliet Takes a Breath will be published under BOOM! Studios’ BOOM! Box imprint. From the sound of this title, it’s a perfect fit for that line up. The publisher has really defined the voice of each of its imprints.
Shannon Watters, Editor, BOOM! Studios says:
Juliet Takes a Breath is such an important novel about coming of age and coming out so it’s been a wonderful experience to be able to live in this world and relive this story as we adapt it into a graphic novel. We are very excited to be working with Gabby and Celia to create this graphic novel that will introduce new readers to Gabby’s powerful writing and Celia’s incredible illustrations, while giving longtime fans a beautiful new version to discover.
Juliet Takes a Breath is set for release in November 2020.