From Web Comic To Printed Page

The story of how Yumi Sakugawa's "I Think I Am in Friend-Love with You" went from web comic sensation to best-selling book.

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"I Think I Am in Friend-Love with You" is a personal comic essay I created back in 2012 about the heartbreak and joy of unrequited platonic love. I never would have suspected that a very short six-page comic I created for Sadie Magazine would end up going viral all over the internet and a year later, turn into my first published book. Here is a short autobiographical comic about how one serendipitous email from a literary agent, old memories, nostalgic encounters with college friends, and the internet collided to create the book version of "I Think I Am in Friend-Love with You," which was just released in bookstores this month.

Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist and illustrator based in Southern California. She is the author of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU (Adams Media, 2013). A graduate of the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, Yumi is a regular comic contributor for The Rumpus and Wonderhowto. Her illustrations and comics have been featured on Buzzfeed, Lifehacker, PAPERMAG, Apartment Therapy and all over Tumblr. Her short comic stories have been selected as Notable Comics of 2012 and 2013 by the Best American Comics anthology editors. Visit her on the web at www.yumisakugawa.com.

Contact Yumi Sakugawa at isaac.fitzgerald+username@buzzfeed.com.

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