Roaming (2023)


Over the course of a much-anticipated trip to New York, an unexpected fling blossoms between casual acquaintances and throws a long-term friendship off-balance. Emotional tensions vibrate wildly against the resplendently illustrated backdrop of the city, capturing a spontaneous queer romance in all of its fledgling glory.

From: Drawn & Quarterly

Notes on This Title

The focal characters of this title are three nineteen year old girls. One is Korean Canadian, one is Japanese Canadian and a lesbian, and one is Canadian and queer.


Autostraddle Best Queer Books of 2023 - Comics/Graphic Novels and Memoirs
Library Journal - Best Graphic Novels of 2023
35th Annual GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology - Nominee
ALA Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table - 2023 Best Graphic Novels for Adults
2024 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - Nominee
2024 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ+ Comics - Nominee
2024 Cartoonist Studio Prize Award for Best Long-Form Comic - Nominee


Starred Review: “Playful yet plaintive, this is an elegant study of young women caught between the comforts of the past and the promise of what comes next.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)

“Through its carefully crafted and vibrant banter, and its incomparable and inviting line art, Roaming elegantly captures the emotions of youth: confusion, love, lust, friendship, anger, betrayal, pain, and the complex journey of becoming oneself.” (Source: The Comics Journal)

“The award-winning cousins beautifully capture the magic and misery of the Big Apple through the tumultuous experiences of three young women.” (Source: The Guardian)

“A visually and narratively appealing work of coming-of-age fiction.” (Source: Kirkus Reviews)


CBC: “Cousins and collaborators Mariko and Jillian Tamaki on their new graphic novel Roaming

New York Times: “Cousins (and Co-Authors) Write a Love Letter to New York

them: “In Roaming, a Friends Trip to New York City Has Queer Consequences

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