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April 04, 2011

A List of Cute

I was thinking about cute things this week, because it is apparently spring but life is nonetheless full of snow and therefore I am in need of cuteness.  Thus: booklist. 


I am trying not to be envious of Yotsuba&! in this cover because clearly she is having spring.  But nonetheless: she is super-cute!  And not just because she has adorable green hair.  She's like the incarnation of all possible curious children.

French Milk

This comic includes whole pages of drawings of adorable manatees.  Also: France!  Rating: super-cute. 


Aw, he's so adorable with his little pajama-costume!  And his dog has a matching one and it isn't creepy!  Yay for Bumperboy!


Let me tell you why this comic (now, sadly, out of print) is simultaneously cute and awesome.  You see how the people on the cover of this book all have manga-large-eyes?  That is actually not because they are being drawn to be super-manga-y-cute.  It is because they are part loch ness monster!  Cuteness included in the plot!! Craziness!!!


This comic is cute because Sonny Liew's art is always cute.  That is just how things work. He even draws cute post-apocalyptic battle scenes!  It is not really clear how he does it. 

Chis Sweet Home v1

Manga + cats = cute

RobotDreams copy

Look, a heart-warming story about friendship!  Sara Varon's art and quiet storytelling manages to make even the heart-break that happens in this story cute.


Andi Watson's girl fantastical adventures in England are possibly the cutest thing since sliced bread.

Also I understand there are cute comics on the internet?  To be explored.

April 03, 2011

:01 and the MoCCA Art Festival

The MoCCA Art Festival happens this weekend!  And we are totally there. 

First Second will be setting up shop at table J3. 

Here's our signing schedule:


Nick Bertozzi/ Lewis & Clark: 2:00
Nick Abadzis/ Laika: 3:00


Ben Hatke/ Zita the Spacegirl: 12:00
Tracy White/ How I Made It to Eighteen: 2:00

We hope we'll see you there!

(Also: I happen to know for a fact that Dave Roman [of future Astronaut Academy fame and current fame-in-general] will have some galleys of his book on hand.  If you ask him very nicely (perhaps with cookies of the non-chocolate variety), he just might be moved to let you have one of them for your very own!)

April 02, 2011

Astronaut Academy: :01 Monthly Give-Away


Hey guys!

We're doing a give-away of Advance Readers Copies of Astronaut Academy over at GoodReads -- you should enter the contest!  This book won't be out until May, so if you win, you could be one of the first people to read it. 

Astronaut Academy is Certified Awesome by First Second Books. 

April 01, 2011

Piratical Limericks

Bourbon islandcovercolor

Raphael secretly desired the piratical life

(Even knowing it'd bring him nothing but strife)

Then he met some real corsairs

Learned that pirates got nowhere

And was better off for the rest of his life.

(This is one of Calista's favorites of our books, so you may want to read it yourself.  Not pictured in the limerick but in the book: the last of the dodos.  It's like Howard Waldrop, but completely different.)

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