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26 posts from April 2006

April 30, 2006

Danica interviewed at Comic Book Resources

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A terrific interview of Danica is to be found here, and you can bet you'll be hearing lots more about her before long. And her work as :01's designer will start to appear later this year, on the covers of our fall books. Whether her resumé was souped up or not, I think you'll agree she's the right person on the job.


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April 28, 2006

REVIEWS: part 3

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Guest Blogger: EDDIE CAMPBELL

Diary of an author, waiting. part 19.

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But only four more days.

April 27, 2006

REVIEWS: part 2

OUR FIRST BAD REVIEW!

It's very strange, looking at the first :01 titles, on the shelf. They exist! And next week, as you know from Eddie Campbell's pacing around -- the first six of them appear in stores.

From concept to realization, to release -- and then what?

Well, there are reviews.

The way it works: first come the trade journals, in other words magazines and websites devoted to some aspect of the book industry (for instance, for librarians, or independent booksellers, or educators, or other publishers) -- those reviews usually come out in the weeks and months before the book's release. Then come the mainstream media, papers, magazines, TV and radio, for the general public -- usually timed at or soon after the book's release.

So this blog aims to report First Second's firsts (and seconds), and I would be remiss not to report OUR FIRST LOUSY REVIEW.

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Guest Blogger: EDDIE CAMPBELL

Diary of an author, waiting. part 18.

The author is using his collected quotes, on the subject of waiting, at the dinner table

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He only has to wait another five days.

April 26, 2006

About THE LOST COLONY series

We're just days away from the first six :01 titles showing up at your favorite bookstore!

Like many of you who've been writing me, I'm thoroughly enjoying Eddie Campbell's behind-the-scenes glimpses as he counts down to his book's release. The Fate of the Artist continues to get tremendous buzz and anticipation, right around the world.

Right now I'm in the Four Seasons hotel in Houston, Texas, for the Texas Library Association and the Bluebonnet acceptance. Blogging in a nice hotel bathrobe is a treat. I should try this more often. Starting today, I'll be sprinkling in some of my own little moments, behind-the-scenes of these books we're doing.

With our first list, we launch a brilliant new series called The Lost Colony by Grady Klein. He's a newcomer in graphic novels, with some remarkable work behind him in editorial illustration and animation. Book one of The Lost Colony is The Snodgrass Conspiracy and when I first saw sample pages of it, I knew this was work of visionary brilliance. The more I work with Grady and the more I visit his weird and wonderful little island, the more that first impression is confirmed.

When I get submissions of work that's entirely digital, I mostly cringe. It tends to feel like Photoshop owns the artist, not the other way around. Not so with Grady for whom it just happens to be the right tool. In his hand, it's the pen, the brush in which we get a true author's handwriting.

There's so much in The Lost Colony world that defines why First Second was started in the first place: a personal voice, innovation, high adventure, skilled artistry and excellent writing, and throughout it all, an author wrestling with things, exploring –– and doing what he loves. I'll champion that any day.

Each episode has a clear focus but in the course of the whole series, an over-arching story is unfolding, continually revealing surprising depths and contradictions to the island's characters, and their tangled relationships. Book 2 is due out next Spring, and the ones after that each Spring to follow.

More about discovering The Lost Colony in next entries, along with some glimpses —like this one— from the second book, which is called The Red Menace. Glorious stuff. I haven't been this excited about a new series since the first seasons of the Simpsons.

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Guest Blogger: EDDIE CAMPBELL

Diary of an author, waiting. part 17.

"Light thinks it travels faster than anything, but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first and is waiting for it." -- Terry Pratchett

In between collecting quotations on the subject of waiting, the author walks around in circles. 

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Six days till his book, The Fate of the Artist comes out.

April 25, 2006

REVIEWS: part 1

Oh you, wide eyed young visitor, who wonder about the exciting adventures that await in the great world of publishing! Perhaps you have felt its powerful lure, its hypnotic pull?

Be ye warned! There are dangers which you should know about! Explore at your own risk!

For your benefit, under this category of ADVENTURES IN PUBLISHING, I'll occasionally post some information about the strange creatures you are likely to encounter in your journeys...

For instance:

THE AMAZON DEVILS

Many an author, editor and publisher has run afoul of these critters, who abide in the bowels and subroutines of the Amazon.com website. If a book has twelve good reviews and one bad one, they are the ones responsible for keeping the bad one at the top of the page, wherever the visitor's eye goes first.

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Guest Blogger: EDDIE CAMPBELL

Diary of an author, till the cows come home. part 16.

"We only live to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting." -- Kahlil Gibran
 The author passes his days collecting quotes on the subject of waiting. Only seven days till The Fate of the Artist arrives.   

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Another review here:  http://www.achuka.co.uk/achukareviews/2006/04/the_fate_of_the_artist.html

April 24, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS

A Distraction.


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I was traveling into town on the District line, trying to work out a scene for the second draft of Laika. It's a scene that I'd been thinking about and thumbnailing various versions of for days and I just couldn't get it right. The dialogue seemed overblown and just, well, wrong, so I thought I'd think about it while on the move. This, in my experience, makes one less creatively constipated because there's just so much to meditate upon and enjoy. The Universe usually presents you with the answer in something that you see. It can be quite accommodating, like that.

But it still wasn't really happening, so I drew the two old ladies sitting opposite. Then I got distracted by a very cute, big black girl who got on wearing a grey and white mohair sweater and matching hat. You can tell I got distracted, because the second granny's face is totally missing apart from her eye sockets. Works rather well though, for some reason.

Shortly thereafter, the dialogue for the scene just cohered. I'm telling you, it was that girl in the mohair jumper that jumpstarted it. The Universe does these things for you, if you let it. The deal is, you have to pass the secret on. So that's what I'm doing.

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