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May 27, 2009

First Second at BEA

If you happen to be attending this year's Book Expo America (at the Javits Center in New York City) and are hoping to stumble upon a First Second author, here's a handy guide to aid you in your quest!

Friday, May 29th:

:01 Editorial Director Mark Siegel will be participating in the YA Buzz Panel, talking about one of our forthcoming young adult titles, Refresh, Refresh, by Danica Novgorodoff. 
[Panel info: 1:30 - 3:15, in room 1E15)


James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost will be signing copies of their new book, Adventures in Cartooning
[Signing info: 2:00 - 2:30, at Autographing Area Table 10]

George O'Connor and Adam Rapp will be signing copies of their forthcoming book, Ball Peen Hammer.
[Signing info: 4:00 - 4:30, at Autographing Area Table 10]


Saturday, May 30th:

James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost will be participating in the Speed Dating with Childrens' Authors program, meeting as many booksellers as possible within an hour and a half period.  Coloring activities included!
[Speed Dating info: 11:00 - 12:30, at room 1A10]

Adam Rapp will be participating in an author stage program called 'From Stage to Page' about the transition from writing plays to writing comics. 
[Author Stage info: 12:00 - 1:00 at the Downtown Stage]


Danica Novgorodoff will be discussing her forthcoming graphic novel, Refresh, Refresh, in the YA Authors of YA Editor's Buzz program. 
[Author Stage info: 2:00 - 3:00 at the Downtown Stage]

We hope to see you there!

May 23, 2009

The Photographer in the New York Times!

Don't miss this week's New York Times Book Review for a fierce and moving review of The Photographer by Mideast expert Chris Hedges.

"How do you explain that the very proposition of war as an instrument of virtue is absurd?  How do you cope with memories of children bleeding to death with bits of iron fragments peppered throughout their small bodies?  How do you speak of war without tears?

"The power of “The Photographer” is that it bridges this silence.  There is no fighting in this book.  No great warriors are exalted.  The story is about those who live on the fringes of war and care for its human detritus.  By the end of the book the image or picture of a weapon is distasteful.  And if you can achieve this, you have gone a long way to imparting the truth about warfare."


And for more from Hedges on the topic, he's written a remarkable essay about the current war in Afghanistan, where he talks at length with Juliette Fournot, who headed the Doctors Without Borders mission depicted in The Photographer:

May 21, 2009





[from the drawing boards of Leland Myrick and Lark Pien]

May 20, 2009

Listen to Chris Mautner

Over at ROBOT 6, THE PHOTOGRAPHER is Chris’ pick of the week—


"It is one of the best things First Second has ever published and I’m hard pressed to imagine any other title topping it as my favorite comic of ‘09. You must read this book. You must read this book.You must read this book."


May 18, 2009

The Photographer: The World Has Only Just Begun to Be Witness to Its Awesomeness

Can there ever be enough news round-up posts on The Photographer?  To our delight, the answer (as yet) seems to be no: more people are talking about this book every day. 


"This isn't just a great photography book, it's a great novel, a great comic, a great memoir, and a great history text." -- boingboing

"The Photographer will make you weep, laugh, and empty your pockets to donate to the extraordinarily courageous Doctors Without Borders, which won the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize." -- The New Haven Advocate

"To follow these doctors, as Lefevre follows them, is to wonder about these things. The doctors -- and the young girls they find broken in the fallen light -- are the indelible characters in The Photographer. To ponder what sends them out and what keeps them going, as Guibert does, is to ask how we might find the place that both exhausts us and our sense of what we have left to do." -- The Oregonian

"Lefèvre spent four gruelling months with the Doctors without Borders team in Afghanistan. It took a toll. He returned to France in bad shape. He was exhausted and malnourished. He lost 14 teeth. But he carried with him some 4,000 photographs. Lefèvre considered himself lucky to get six of them published in a two-page spread in the French daily Liberation. He boxed up the rest of the photos, and went on to other photo jobs. Until 1999: that's when a childhood friend of Lefèvre's prodded him a bit. That friend just happened to be graphic novelist and comics artist Emmanuel Guibert." -- PRI

"'Photographs and drawings are like oil and water. They're always fighting,' says Mr. Guibert. 'In the drawings, I've put only what I thought was necessary to fill in the blanks where Didier did not take photos.'" -- The Wall Street Journal

May 15, 2009

Check out The Photographer on the radio!


PRI's THE WORLD will air a piece on Emmanuel Guibert's THE PHOTOGRAPHER today.  For those of you in New York, it'll be on WNYC-AM in New York at 3pm est.  Full list of stations is on theworld.org, and a slideshow based on the book is here on their website as well.

Try to check it out if you can -- PRI is a great resource, and Emmanuel is always a pleasure to listen to.

May 13, 2009

TCAF in Pictures

Paul Pope Signs at TCAF

Paul Pope signs at TCAF

TCAF continues to be one of the most vital, relevant and vibrant of all the comics gatherings. With some of the most knowledgeable people in the business running it, it offers a rare combination of business and pleasure, by drawing to Toronto A-list talent from around the world; by sponsoring a few smart, timely and essential panels; and by not overly managing the whole thing. It's one of the happiest meeting points for readers, authors and publishers alike.

It shouldn't be long before Toronto's officials realize that comics are raising the city's cultural profile in the world.


See more of Mark's pictures from TCAF here or read PW Comics great recap of some of this year's highlights.

May 08, 2009

TCAF pre-cap!

Toronto has always been a great town filled with artists, but this weekend it's REALLY filled! There are tumbleweeds blowing through the :01 office and well, America in general, as so many talented comics creators have left to visit our neighbors to the north. (Or in the case of some of our international authors "our neighbors to the...geez-this-plane-flight-is-taking-forever".) We're proud to have a long list of our artists as guests at this year's Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)

Here's a list of some of the highlights at the show: 

Saturday May 9th

10:15am-11:15am: Concept Comics: Abstract Comics Ideas
With Bill Kartalopoulos, Tom Kaczynski, Scott McCloud, Dash Shaw and Jason Shiga.
Learning Centre 1

12:30pm-2:00pm: Spotlight: Emmanuel Guibert
TCAF Gallery

2:00pm-3:30pm: Scott McCloud: FAQ
TCAF Gallery

3:30pm-5:00pm: Storytelling Workshop, with Mark Siegel, :01 Editorial Director
Learning Centre 1

Sunday May 10th

All day: CALL YOUR MOM! 
(or bring her to TCAF! She loves you just as much as you love comics.) 

11:30am-1:00pm: All About Eurocomics!
Bart Beaty, Florent Ruppert, Francois Ayroles, Anke Feuchtenberger, Emmanuel Guibert, Antoine Dode, and Jose Villarrubia.
Learning Centre 1

11:30am-12:30pm: Will Libraries Save Graphic Novels?
Jim Ottaviani, Lisa Heggum, Douglas Davey, Kent Allin, Diana Malizewski, Scott Robins, and Jason Azzopardi.
Learning Centre 2

12:30pm-1:30pm: Graphic Novels for Young Adults
Nate Powell, Cecil Castellucci, Derek Kirk Kim, Jeff Lemire, Mariko Tamaki, and Stacy King.
Learning Centre 2
1:00pm-2:30pm: Newspapers, Comic Books, and The Internet.
R. Stevens, Scott McCloud, Stuart Immonen, Brendan Buford, John Martz, and Steven Murray. 
Learning Centre 1

1:30pm-2:00pm: Alexis Frederick-Frost Presents: Adventures in Cartooning!
Owlkids Day Gallery Space

2:00pm-3:30pm: Signing: Kid Koala and Paul Pope.
Beguiling Signing Area, 2nd Floor

2:30pm-3:30pm: Spotlight: Emmanuel Guibert’s SARDINE!
Owlkids Day Gallery Space

You should also be sure to say hello to Mark and Gina. They'd love to meet you and your lovely mother. 

May 06, 2009

Emmanuel Guibert: Words and Pictures

VII Photo Agency is an international photographic cooperative, named the third most important entity in photography in 2005.  For the past few weeks, their New York gallery has been hosting the photographs of The Photographer photographer Didier Lefevre. 

01-MSF Event 5-5-09

Last night, there was a panel at the gallery with MSF USA Director Sophie Delaunay, :01 Editorial Director Mark Siegel, Juliette Fournot, who served as head of mission in Afghanistan from 83 - 89 (and is the head of mission in The Photographer), Emmanuel Guibert, creator of The Photographer, and Ron Haviv, internationally renouned photographer and one of the founding members of the VII Photo Agency. 

The exhibit will be up until May 19th: it's definitely worth going out to DUMBO to see it!

See more photos [here]. 

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