DEAL NEWS: NYT bestselling author Robin Ha‘s debut graphic novel memoir for teen readers ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL, sold at auction to Alessandra Balzer of Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins, in a good deal.

When Korean born, non-English speaking, 14-year old, Robin Ha is abruptly transplanted from Seoul, Korean to Huntsville, Alabama with her single mom, she must grapple with culture shock, learning English, and her new Korean stepfamily. In the tradition of graphic novel memoirs such as AMERICAN BORN CHINESE by Gene Yang, ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL is a deeply moving, funny, and insightful story about how art can save a life.

The deal for North American rights was negotiated by Samantha Haywood. For publication in Winter 2020.

Photo credit: Michael Z. Daryabeygi

Upcoming Events

Due to COVID19, all of my upcoming events has been postponed. For more up to date event schedule, please visit my Instagram page.

Almost American Girl, Book signing at Fantom Comics

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 4 PM – 7 PM

Fantom Comics

2010 P St NW, 3rd Floor, Washington D.C. 20036

We are so incredibly proud to present a long time Fantom Friend, Robin Ha, and her upcoming graphic memoir, Almost American Girl. The book is available for pre-order at Fantom Comics now!

Keith Chow, host of Southern Fried Asian, will be doing an interview with Robin and we'll have a Q&A! Robin will be signing copies of her book after the Q&A.

Almost American Girl Book signing and Q&A 

Word Bookstore, Brooklyn NYC 02/15/2020 6 pm

Visually Represented: Redefining “Hero” in 21st Century Comics

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7 PM – 9 PM

The Center for Fiction (The Center for Fiction HQ)

15 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11217

A $10 ticket includes a $10 bookstore voucher. Get a ticket online at
In an exciting panel moderated by seasoned editor Joseph Illidge, comic book creators, Vita Ayala (Livewire), Robin Ha (Almost American Girl), and Khary Randolph (Excellence, Black) discuss using the language and format of the graphic novel to tell diverse stories related to culture, sexuality, and race, and also feature protagonists who transform our ideas of the traditional comic book hero.

C2E2 Panel discussion: From Memory to Memoir
Writing fiction is hard enough but writing nonfiction for teens comes with its own set of challenges. ALMOST AMERICAN GIRL author-illustrator Robin Ha, THE FIRE NEVER GOES OUT author-illustrator Noelle Stevenson, [and open to other authors] discuss taking their memories and customizing them for a young audience with their memoirs, and why they think the lessons they’ve learned in life will resonate with teenagers today and always.
Date: February 28th, 0020
Start Time:  1:45 PM End Time:  2:45 PM
Venue: Room S504
Speakers: Noelle Stevenson, Robin Ha


March 14, 2020

George C. Marshall High School

7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043


7th annual FREE YA book festival in the Northern VA/DC area at George C. Marshall HS!

Teen is the genre, not the age requirement!