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9 posts from April 2009

April 29, 2009

Eternal Smile is out!


What a spring we're having! The Color of Earth... Adventures in Cartooning... The Photographer... and as of April 27, The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim. This cover seemed especially perfect during the unreality of the last few days in NYC, where temperatures soared to record highs and the sun grinned down on us with every one of its 386 billion billion megawatts in full effect. It's always a good sign when the weather is paying attention to important graphic novel publications!

Gene Yang and Derek Kirk Kim's collaboration The Eternal Smile is already garnering richly-deserved good buzz wherever it turns up, which, we hope, now that it is available in quality bookstores and comic shops everywhere, will be IN YOUR POCKET.

Three stories about the intersection of reality and fantasy in our lives, remarkable for their incredible variety, startling harmony, and above all, the virtuosity of two of this country's great masters, Gene and Derek. Good work, guys. Thanks for letting us be part of this.

...But lest you become too starry-eyed about this pivital moment in graphic novel history, you might want to hear what Derek Kirk Kim Derek's assistant has to say about his job:

April 28, 2009

The Amazing Remarkable Emmanuel Guibert (and where you can find him in New York City)

New York City has a visitor this week and next, and it's our extremely talented author Emmanuel Guibert


If you would like to gaze upon the awesomeness that is Emmanuel, and (gasp!) perhaps even talk to him, here is where you can find him:


Witness! Quiet Revolutions in Storytelling

From the photographs taken at Abu Ghraib, to police torture videos from Cambodia and Egypt, to blogs and Facebook groups for hunger-striking activists in Saudi Arabia, technology is affecting both who is reporting and what gets reported. What will be the cumulative effect of this quiet revolution? We’ll hear stories from Iraq, Europe, the United States, and intersections of all three.

[go read about it]


1,000 Words: The Power of Visual Storytelling

What can pictures provide that words cannot?

[go read about it]


WORD Bookstore Talk & Signing

[word is awesome!]


VII Gallery Talk

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and First Second Books are pleased to present a unique opportunity to hear from some of the key people involved in the creation of The Photographer during a panel discussion at the VII Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, moderated by award-winning VII photographer Ron Haviv

[go read about this]

April 24, 2009

Over 260 People Attend Gallery Opening of Art from THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Over 260 People Showed up for the Gallery Opening of Art from THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Last night was the opening of the exhibit of art from THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders at VII Gallery, a gorgeous space with long modern glass walls set against the cobblestone streets of Dumbo Brooklyn. Over 260 people attended the opening showcasing Didier Lefèvre's photographs in heart-wrenching large prints, as well as pages of Emmanuel Guibert's art from the book. I saw people cry. I watched people leave and come back with friends. I overheard a lot of talk of hope, the power of art, and things they could do to help make the world just a little less crazy.

It's impossible to look at Lefèvre's photographs and not feel them in your gut a day later and Guibert's retelling gives so much insight into the hearts behind the amazing work being done by Doctors without Borders. THE PHOTOGRAPHER is more than just a graphic novel, more than a collection of photographs, and more than a biography. It's inspiring, heart-wrenching, and a tribute to the rare people who spend every day with the sole purpose of helping others.

If you missed the opening there's still time to see the exhibit which closes on May 19.

The full set of snapshots from the event is on the :01 Flickr page.

The Photographer Gallery Exhibit  at VII

Go See Derek Kirk Kim (and other cool people)

An Evening with Derek Kirk Kim, Sarah Oleksyk and Jesse Reklaw at Powell's Books.


Derek Kirk Kim, Sarah Oleksyk, and Jesse Reklaw read from their latest works at Powell's Books this coming Monday, April 27th. Kim will debut his latest graphic novel, "The Eternal Smile" (in collaboration with writer Gene Luen Yang) from First Second Books, Oleksyk will read from a brand new chapter in her "Ivy" series, and Reklaw will read from his recently released "The Night of Your Life" from Dark Horse Comics. A Q+A and signing will follow the reading.

April 23, 2009

NYC gallery show for Guibert's THE PHOTOGRAPHER

If you're in the NYC area in the next month or so, be sure to stop by VII Photo and check out the official exhibition of art and photography from The Photographer.

Doctors Without Borders and First Second Books
are proud to present a gallery exhibit
featuring photos and illustrations
from the ground-breaking new graphic novel...


The Photographer: Into war-torn Afghanistan
with Doctors Without Borders.

Please join us in our celebration of The Photographer—a book the Boston Globe says “should be mandatory reading for our Secretary of State and President.”

This remarkable work bears witness to the hardships endured by the Afghan people throughout the Soviet invasion of the 1980s, and to the present day. The gallery exhibit features selected prints of the late photojournalist Didier Lefèvre’s dramatic photographs and Alan’s War creator Emmanuel Guibert’s stunning artwork.

The exhibit is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public.

April 23 - May 19, 2009

There will be an opening reception April 23 at 6:00pm.

VII Gallery
28 Jay Street
Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
Three blocks west of the York St. F-Train subway station.

Monday - Friday
Saturday & Sunday 12pm-6pm

For more information, please see

Many thanks to Doctors Without Borders for making this possible!

April 21, 2009

We don't just publish comics at :01... we also star in them!


Check out this review of Scott Pilgrim 5, as drawn by :01 Editorial Director Mark Siegel, and starring the :01 gang! We're all a-flutter to see ourselves on the pixellated screen.

(Also, we love Scott Pilgrim.)

(But you knew that.)

April 14, 2009

SLG Sale


Slave Labor is having a sale this week!  You should go and buy things -- our favorite books include Agnes Quill, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, Loyola Chin and the San Peligran Order, Midnight Sun, Paris, Street Angel, Slow News Day, Serenity Rose, and The War at Ellsmere

April 09, 2009

The Photographer


We've got a book coming out next month that we're very excited about: The Photographer, by Didier Lefevre and Emmanuel Guibert.  And other people are getting excited about it, too: The Boston Globe ran a review this weekend that called it "inspiring" and "remarkable." 

The Photographer is a pretty amazing story: it's the non-fiction account of a photo-journalist who traveled through Afghanistan with a humanitarian Doctors Without Borders mission. 

Go read more about it.

April 02, 2009

What we're reading

Believe it or not, here at First Second we've been known to dip our collective nose into a picture-illustrated funnybook now and then.

Right now, Gina, First Second Marketing Guru, is reading:


Cecil and Jordan in New York: Stories

Calista, First Second Editor:


Whiteout: Melt

Colleen, First Second Designer:

And Mark, First Second Editorial Director:


Scott Pilgrim Vs The Universe

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