Walker Books is publishing “a guide to love” from popular Webcomic Name series artist Alex Norris.
Executive editorial director Denise Johnstone-Burt acquired world rights excluding USA and Canada in a two-book deal from Nicola Barr at The Bent Agency, while North American rights were acquired by Susan Van Metre at Walker US from Christopher Schelling at Selectric Artists. How to Love is publishing spring 2021 with the North American edition to follow.
Based on Norris' popular agony aunt series of the same name for South Korean webcomic platform LINE Webtoon, How to Love is a “humorous and heartfelt collection of comics aimed at young people who are experiencing falling in love for the first time” from Norris, who is “a queer, gender-fluid, non-binary person using their first-hand experience to question preconceived notions of love in this guide". Walker said the comics aim to open up discussion around sexuality, gender roles, non-monogamy and asexuality.
Norris said: “My second goal in life–after being a cartoonist–was being an agony aunt, so I’m really excited to make this book! Love is one of those subjects that feels completely exhausted, as though everything that could possibly be said about it has been said, but I think there is a real lack of accessible and fun books about all kinds of love including non-normative relationships. Since making the original How to Love online series I have been exploring my own queer identity, and this book is an excellent opportunity to share a lot of the things I have learned.”
Johnstone-Burt added: “As a follower of Alex’s comics, I knew that the chance to publish them was an opportunity not to be missed. These are some of the most original, funny and clever observations on the world, and on falling in love, I’ve ever read.”
Walker US editorial director Susan van Metre said: “Alex Norris gives us a way of looking at life and love that frees us from the tortured constraints we put on ourselves and opens us to possibility... and laughter and wisdom.”
Norris won Best in Art Shorty Award 2018 and previously published bestselling collection “OH NO” (Andrews McMeel) in 2019.