Rose Bousamra is an experienced comics professional, specializing in illustration and graphic novels for kids and young adults. Their first graphic novel, Frizzy, written by Claribel A. Ortega and published with First Second Books, earned a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, the Pura Belpre award for Children’s Text, an Eisner Award nomination (Best Publication for Kids), and five starred reviews.
Ever since they could hold a pencil, Rose has been trying to replicate the magic they felt from fantasy stories like Princess Mononoke, The Little Mermaid, and The Lord of the Rings. From this fascination sprouted a profound love of art, storytelling, and graphic novels. Now Rose is working on their solo debut fantasy graphic novel, Gutless, featuring a wooden knight who escapes a life of subjugation to learn what it means to be truly alive. It uses classic storybook visuals to explore themes of queerness, isolation, forgiveness, and healing through community.
In their spare time they can be found roaming around in nature, haunting cafes with the best espresso, or playing the latest fantasy RPG video game. They are based in southeast Michigan with their wife, their tiny dog and two old cats.