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Black Josei Press

The Gift - Print Comic

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With Ghibliesque art and storytelling, “The Gift”, by Jamila Rowser and Sam Wade, takes the reader on a fantastical journey that will leave them with a new perspective on ancestry.

The comic follows 10-year-old Kenya and her father visiting an African art museum. At the museum, Kenya meets a mysterious visitor who takes her on an unexpected journey that leaves her with a new perspective on her roots. 

"The Gift" is a 32-page color comic about ancestry and identity by award-winning writer Jamila Rowser (Wash Day Dairies) and artist Sam Wade (Stoke). It also includes 10 bonus pages of process pages and an essay about the meaning and making of the comic. 

Comic Specs

  • 42 pages total, 32-page color comic with 10 bonus pages of back matter
  • 7 x 9.5 inches
  • Perfect bound
  • Print ISBN: ISBN: 979-8-9873070-3-8
  • Digital ISBN: 979-8-9873070-4-5




  • Sam Wade (She/They)
  • IG + Twitter: @bysamwade 


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Jamila Rowser (she/her) is a Queer Black, Puerto Rican and Dominican award-winning writer, editor, and publisher (Black Josei Press). She is known for her debut graphic novel, Wash Day Diaries, co-created with Robyn Smith (Nubia: Real One), which won the LA Times Book Prize and Ignatz Award and was nominated for an Eisner Award. 

Sam Wade (she/they) is a software engineer and artist based out of Long Beach. She loves horror, sci-fi, and a good mystery. 

Black Josei Press is an award-winning and critically acclaimed indie comic publisher launched in 2018. It is known for the award-winning comics Wash Day, The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town, Gordita: Built Like This, and Ignatz nominated Ode to Keisha and Arrive In My Hands. 

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2023 Broken Frontier Awards Nominee for Best One Shot


Broken Frontier Review: Jamila Rowser and Sam Wade’s Thoughtful and Unforgettable Reflection on Black Identity and Heritage

Carrie McClain Review: My Favorite Comics of 2023