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17 posts from July 2011

July 13, 2011

First Second at San Diego: Authors


Interested in authors?  Some of First Second’s best will be at this year’s SDCC.

Leland Myrick: Myrick’s first graphic novel, Missouri Boy, was a Booklist Best of the Year.  Also a contributor to the Flight anthology series, he follows this up with a new graphic nonfiction work, a biography of Richard Feynman.  Feynman will be in stores in August; get an advance look at this stunning new work at the San Diego Comic-Con. 

  • Signing: Thursday, 4:30; First Second Booth 1323

Dave Roman: New York Times-Bestselling author Dave Roman presents his first work as author/illustrator, Astronaut AcademyABC’s Good Morning Connecticut calls it “hysterical.” And Comic Book Resources says, “Astronaut Academy is wonderful, and you should read it.”

  • Signing: Friday, 11:00; First Second Booth 1323
  • Signing: Saturday, 2:00; Autographing Area 2
  • Signing: Sunday, 11:30; First Second Booth 1323

Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham: Two-time Eisner Award Winner, Printz Award winner, and National Book Award Honor recipient Gene Luen Yang returns to San Diego for his third Eisner nomination and with a new book -- with art by Thien Pham: Level UpWired calls this entry in the Tiger Mother debate, “A fascinating look into the tension between parents with high (and rigid) expectations and kids who have their own ideas about how to live.”

  • Signing: Friday, 3:00; First Second Booth 1323
  • Signing: Saturday, 2:00; Autographing Area 2
  • Signing: Sunday, 2:00; First Second Booth 1323

Vera Brosgol: Brosgol’s debut graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost, has been getting rave reviews from around the industry – from Neil Gaiman’s declaration: “A masterpiece,” to The New York Times: “Remarkable. . . . with an attitude and aptitude reminiscent of Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Brosgol has created a smart, funny and compassionate portrait of someone who, for all her sulking and sneering, is the kind of daughter many parents would like to have. And the kind of girl many of us maybe once were.”  Anya’s Ghost is an Amazon Best of the Year graphic novel, the only teen graphic novel to be so recognized. 

  • Signing: Friday, 2:00; First Second Booth 1323
  • Signing: Saturday, 2:00; Autographing Area 2
  • Signing: Sunday, 3:00; First Second Booth 1323

July 12, 2011

First Second at San Diego: Awards


First Second graphic novels are up for FOUR Eisner Award this year.

The Unsinkable Walker Bean, by Aaron Renier – an ABA Independent Bookstore Bestseller! 

  • “Everything you want from a rip-roaring adventure: Exciting, deep, funny, and scary, with tremendous villains and valor galore.” -- Booklist

Prime Baby, by Gene Luen Yang

  • “Delightful.” – BoingBoing

Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir and Khalil

  • “A heartbreaking story . . . not just about tyranny, loss, and grief, but a celebration of the will to live.” – Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

And Hilary Sycamore, First Second’s colorist, receives a nomination for her work on the First Second titles City of Spies, Resistance, Booth, Brain Camp, and Solomon’s Thieves

July 08, 2011

Fencing Limericks


There once was a girl who liked to fence

And then got into a situation a little tense

She pulled on her mask

It was up to the task

At once magic did commence. 

This book is super-fun and the art is lovely!  You should read it.

July 07, 2011

Give-Away: Hera


We're doing a give-away of George O'Connor's latest Olympians book over at GoodReads -- go check it out to win a copy! 

General feeling from the internet is that this is the best book yet, so don't miss out. 

Not convinced yet?  Click here to read an excerpt. 

July 05, 2011

Tonight: Dave Roman and Molly Crabapple at the New York Review of Science Fiction

It's NYRSF's first comics event ever, and thererfore it can't help but be awesome, right? 

Details here.

it turns out we publish adult books

(I know: shocking, right?)


(from the National Library of Scotland)

One of the most frequent incorrect statements I hear about First Second is:

"First Second -- they publish graphic novels for kids."

(This is actually a technically correct statement.  We do publish graphic novels for kids.  Just . . . not exclusively.)

Here's a quick (and incomplete) catalog for you: The Photographer, The Fate of the Artist, Booth, Dawnland, Koko Be Good, Three Shadows, Slow Storm, and the upcoming Feynman

We publish a lot of great graphic novels for kids and teenagers that we are very fond of.  But we also love publishing adult books -- covering the whole spectrum of ages of people who can read graphic novels.  Because what's the good of publishing comics for kids that are lovely if there aren't comics for the aforementioned children to read when they get older? 

(And also where's the fun in publishing the same things all the time?  It makes my job 10x more interesting when I have to go talk to the Children's Book Council one minute and then the American Journal of Physics the next.)

July 01, 2011

Science Limericks


There once was a man who was very smart

He was interested in life, in every part.

Art, music, writing, and science

He approached each with brilliance

He lived passionately, with all of his heart

Feynman comes out in August and it's awesome; you need to read it. 

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