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February 13, 2008

Three Shadows in NYMag

First Second is publishing Cyril Pedrosa's Three Shadows this April.


Three Shadows (which was recently recognized at Angouleme with one of the prix essentiels) is the story of a father who won't accept his son's mortality.  NYMag is running an excerpt this week. 


November 19, 2007

The Graphic Novel graduates to THE SIMPSONS

I’d forgotten this was coming! Tuned in last night to a new Simpsons episodes called "Husbands and Knives" — featuring a new trendy comics shop and hilarious cameos by Tintin, Alan Moore, Dan Clowes, Art Spiegelman, and laughed my head off.

Then it occured to me: never mind about comics getting literary awards, or graphic novels reshaping Hollywood, or landing big features in the NYTimes — this episode of the Simpsons might be the real turning point that puts the graphic novel into the American household. If you’re on the Simpsons, you’ve arrived.


November 07, 2007

First Second email and web outage!

Hard to remember a time before email and web!

As many of you may have noticed, FirstSecond.com is going through a communication meltdown -- the website and our email is shut off at the moment. We're working on it. Thanks for your patience in the meantime.

Pony Express ... those were the days.

October 29, 2007


So nice to come across this on Tom Spurgeon's COMICS REPORTER, October 28th:

First Second has a hit with Sardine, put comics' greatest autobiographer in touch with a turn of the century detective agency and took their greatest leap of faith with a Lost Colony.

Yes and yes.

And yes.

October 05, 2007


THIS SUNDAY AT ROCKETSHIP, the best graphic novel shop in these latitudes, for those of you in the neighborhood -- George O'Connor, Sara Varon and Nick Abadzis !


October 04, 2007


We get the best fan mail coming through for SARDINE IN OUTER SPACE -- artwork, photos, letters requesting more and a movie please, mainly from 8, 9 and 10 year old girls.

Our current favorite: the following photos from Louise!

Thanks, Louise!

You look ready to board the Huckleberry and go kick Mr. Muscleman's butt!




October 03, 2007

Nick Abadzis on PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL October 4th!

The World, heard internationally on Public Radio International, NPR affiliates, and BBC radio, will air its pretaped interview with Nick Abadzis on Thursday, October 4th-- the anniversary of Sputnik I. For a list of stations/times to listen click here: http://www.theworld.org/?q=node/72. (In New York it will air on WNYC-AM at 3:00 pm).

October 02, 2007

Our favorite review for the BLACK DIAMOND DETECTIVE AGENCY

Review in Fall 07 Rain Taxi


Set in 19th-century America, Eddie Campbell’s The Black Diamond Detective Agency frames a relatively conventional tale with unconventionally rich technique. The graphic novel tells the story of a train that explodes in Lebanon, Missouri, and the Pinkerton-like agency of detectives hired to track down the bomber. All, of course, is not as it seems – a man known as John Hardin has been framed for the explosion and a large part of the book deals with his quest to clear his name.

If you noticed the word “frame” was used twice in the preceding paragraph, it’s not accidental – “Frames,” in fact, is the title of the first half of the book, and the opening image is a full-page shot of a major character “hiding behind those fake glasses,” another kind of frame. In details like these, Campbell demonstrates that his interest is not so much in telling the story of a train bombing as it is in investigating the semiotic possibilities of the comics medium. (This isn’t to say that the surface narrative won’t compel readers, especially those who like heist scenarios and spaghetti westerns; the Scottish-born Campbell’s turn-of-the-century Chicago is to the Windy City as Sergio Leone’s San Miguel is to Texas border towns.)

Campbell’s art, rendered in exacting watercolors, makes particularly interesting use of panel borders – frames again – although at times one must read attentively to follow the action. Punctuating his initial conservative layouts with stunning splash pages, Campbell quickly begins to use negative space to great effect, until the period white backgrounds and borders become a pacing mechanism all their own. Even more impressive is an eleventh hour gunfight shown in small square carefully scattered over a white page; severe as one of Mondrian’s geometric compositions, the spread gives us a panoptic view of the battle, ordered only by the horizontal tracks of bullets from panel to panel. We see the shoot-out as if it were a Cubist conceit, from all angles at once. Campbell is hardly unaware of his sources: “What was that Goddamn noise?” says one character, looking forward to the new century; “they’re writing music that sounds like a cornfield meet. Next it’ll be statues that don’t look like nobody and paintings with nothing in ‘em but your nightmares.” Even as he acknowledges his debt to high modernism, however, Campbell isn’t afraid to handle it with a little irreverence. “Up yours, modern time!” exclaims the same character as he rings in the year 1900.

The resolution of the plot depends largely on the work of Sadie Geoff, an artist whom the eponymous sleuths hire to create lifelike wanted posters; through Sadie, Campbell funnels ideas about artists as observers, recorders, and mediums (“It’ll be good to see the world through your eyes, Miss,” says one of her associates). A great observer, recorder, and sometimes medium in his own right – this book is adapted from a screenplay written by C. Gaby Mitchell – Campbell always manages to transfer something of his peculiar and incisive vision to the page, and his mordant intelligence and mastery of the form are clearly present in The Black Diamond Detective Agency. And les we forget that the plot unfolds in the aftermath of some powerfully exploding boxes, each of Campbell’s panels is a box charged with a certain amount of narrative weight. If any fail to detonate – if Campbell occasionally appears to be having more fun rearranging invisible fuses than telling his chosen story – it’s because the medium is more interesting than the eventual explosion.

September 14, 2007



Hey check it out! New York Magazine features LAIKA!

August 22, 2007

The original pitch for THE BLACK DIAMOND DETECTIVE AGENCY project


Worth a look! A totally different take on the BLACK DIAMOND DETECTIVE AGENCY project, in this early pitch based on the same script, from James Sturm and Nick Bertozzi . . . BLACK DIAMOND as you know ended up in Eddie Campbell's hands. And at the moment, both James and Nick are working on other First Second projects too.

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