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April 08, 2011

MoCCA 2011 Schedule: Update

We've got an updated First Second signing schedule for this weekend's art schedule!  Read it and weep, people who are not going to be in New York City!



12:30 - Jessica Abel (Drawing Words and Writing Pictures)

2:00 – Nick Bertozzi (Lewis & Clark)

3:00 – Nick Abadzis (Laika)


12:00 – Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl)

2:00 – Tracy White (How I Made It to Eighteen)

3:30 – Matt Madden (The Zabime Sisters)

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!)

February 19, 2011

Ben Hatke's First Bookstore Event

So cute!  Can we get recaps for everything that ever happens in comics format, please?

February 17, 2011

Aaron Renier's West Coast Wanderings

Aaron Renier is absolutely awesomesauce, and I dare anyone to disagree with me on this front.  I would offer to fight about it, but the above self-portrait Aaron sent me makes me think that he and his dog would do a much better job at it than I would.  So: if you disagree, you can fight him.  See how viciously he wields that pencil?  Clearly he's a professional at dog-riding authorial polo.

Aaron's going to be doing some events out on the west coast for the next week and a half, the first of which is in just a few hours!  If you're in the area, you should drop everything to go him.

Full schedule here.

(That link will lead you to Aaron's blog, which also contains some recounting of his time at the Sendak Fellowship!  So neat!  Go read!)

November 19, 2010

Monday = :01 Party Time


You know what we're doing on Monday?

Having a party!

Or rather: the good people at Greenlight Bookstore are having a party for us.  Because they apparently think we are awesome. 

(The feeling is mutual.)

If you're in NYC, be there or be square.  7:00 on the dot on Monday night; Greenlight is at 686 Fulton Street, right off the Fulton Street G or the Lafayette Avenue A/C.

November 02, 2010

Webcomics Weekend


This is where I will be this weekend, in a miscellaneously wandering around kind of way.  (All professional acquaintances please note: I miscellaneously wander around very professionally!)

If you are there too, then we will see each other and perhaps there will be cookies!  (And comics too, of course.)

September 30, 2010

:01 and NYCC

You can tell that :01 and NYCC are a match made in heaven because our names are both made of abbreviations!  That's how heavenly match-making works, right? 


First Second's got quite a number of things going on at this convention.

First: we're exhibiting!  Stop by; we're at booth 2314.  We will do our best to be sociable and also have many excellent books to show off.

Second: authors!  It turns out that there are actual people who write and illustrate our books (this came as a shock to us all; we found out early last week) and that sometimes they are in town and can be convinced to sign their books.  Thus: autographing schedule!


3:00 – Jessica Abel (Drawing Words and Writing Pictures)


11:00 – Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan, and Pascal Dizin (City of Spies)

12:00 – George O’Connor (Zeus: King of the Gods; Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess)

1:00 – Mike Cavallaro (Foiled)


10:00 – Matt Madden (Drawing Words and Writing Pictures)

12:00 – Jane Yolen (Foiled)

1:00 – Tracy White (How I Made It to Eighteen)

2:00 – Faith Erin Hicks, Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan (Brain Camp)

3:00 – Carla Jablonski (Resistance)

4:00 – Andrew Arnold (Adventures in Cartooning)

Third: talking in public (also known as panels).  People do it!  Many of them are our authors and illustrators!  Some of them even show images!  It's a whole exciting thing. 


Building a World in Comics


Room 1A22

When you open a comic, a world appears on the page in front of you.  What goes into creating this world on the part of the writer, and on the part of the artist?  Is the process different between fiction and nonfiction?  And what pieces do you need to add to that world to make it come alive on the page? 

With Mike Cavallaro, George O’Connor, Susan Kim, and Laurence Klavan, moderated byTucker Stone


A Day in the Studio


Room 1A24

What does creating comics look like on a day-to-day basis?  Join four comics creators to see pictures of their studios, a discussion of their process, and the ins and outs, ups and downs, of making a living in comics. 

With Jane Yolen, Dave Roman, Tracy White, and Matt Madden moderated by Brian Heater


Wild, Wacky, and Zany Comics Adventures


Variant Stage/Kids Day

Adventure!  Excitement!  Fun times!  Step up for adventure as talented cartoonists take the stage to tell their own stories in comics format – and yours! 

With Andrew Arnold, Faith Erin Hicks, and Dave Roman


Comics Storytelling


Room 1A17

How are comics different from prose books, from picture books and screenplays and illustration?  What makes a story something that should be told in the comics format?  Four cartoonists talk about their inspiration to work in the comics medium and how panels and speech balloons come together to make great storytelling. 

With Faith Erin Hicks, Carla Jablonski, Tracy White, and Jane Yolen, moderated by Margaret Maloney

And Jessica Abel's on an panel for educators on Friday at four; if you are an educator, you should go to that as well.  With Jessica involved, it is bound to be interesting!

We're looking forward to seeing you there.

September 21, 2010

Koko Be Good


This seems like an awesome swing!  Except maybe not one I would want to be on; I feel like the balance might be off.

(I'd go to the events anyways.)

September 14, 2010


I'm becoming somewhat obsessed with pirates.  I blame the whole thing on Aaron Renier, who kindly created a book for us where 50% of the action happens on board a ship in an alternative Napoleonic-era worldlet. 

Subsidiary blame gets assigned to Drew Weing, whose Set to Sea I got to see this weekend at SPX (but alas, have not yet read -- soon!), and Yuko Ota, who signed a book for me with a character who was wearing a three-masted galleon as a hat!  And also these two books (prose, mysterious!) that I happened to read as well.

This is all coincidence, mind you.  But I'm wondering if there are cultural cycles that are spinning a return of the pirate post-Pirates of the Caribbean in 2007.  Or maybe it just takes that long for the literary consumer cycles to echo the movie ones? 

In any case: Talk Like a Pirate Day is this Sunday, and you should celebrate!  Possibly with an utterance of 'arrrrr, matey!' or two, and definitely with some grog.  And also with these:

Kitten Plank

(This picture is awesome; it's of the planks that 826 Valencia sells at their piratical store.  Everyone should have one, if only to hold over your kittens' heads when they misbehave!  Picture ganked from seany@flickr [http://www.flickr.com/photos/seany/3158063162/]. Thanks, Sean!)

Have kids you want to celebrate your piraticalness with this Sunday?  Try our Piratical Activity Kit

September 10, 2010



SPX!  It is at a time that it almost now (ie, tomorrow).  And do you know who will be there?

Alexis Frederick-Frost!  And he will have copies of Adventures in Cartooning Activity Book

And Aaron Renier!  And he will be on a panel about kids comics on Saturday at 5:00 and also have copies of The Unsinkable Walker Bean

And also many other excellent people like: Kate Beaton, Scott Campbell, Jon Chad, Robyn Chapman, Shawn Cheng, Becky Cloonan, Ray Fawkes, Jess Fink, Dustin Harbin, Stuart and Kathryn Immonen, Jeph Jaques, Cathy Leamy, Pat Lewis, Alec Longstreth, Dylan Meconis, Corinne Mucha, Dan Nadel, Yuko Ota, Anatth Panagariya, Nate Powell (who may or may not have a mini-comic of his upcoming :01 book), MK Reed (who may or may not have postcards for her upcoming :01 book), Dave Roman, Jim Rugg, Raina Telgemeier, Drew Weing, Maris Wicks, Matt Weigle, and Chris Yates!

Double-plus also: there is a chocolate fountain. 

If that is not enough to tempt you (chocolate + comics = awesomeness, I swear!), I don't know what is. 

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