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September 11, 2009

Brooklyn Book Festival


Perhaps you have not heard of the Brooklyn Book Festival?  It happens every year at Brooklyn's Borough Hall, and really, it is kind of awesome.  There are speakers and books for sale (of both the new and old and comics and prose varieties) and the Spirit of Brooklyn is everywhere!

You should especially come to these two programs, which are full of both comics excellence and First Second-ness. 


1:00 p.m. Comics Jam with Jessica Abel and Matt Madden A jam comic is an improvised collaborative comic. One person draws a single panel and then passes it on to the next person, who draws a new panel that continues the story. Get ready to draw and collaborate!  For teens and adults.  Participation limited to 25. Held at the Borough Hall Conference Room. 

3:00 p.m. Love, War and Adventures in BabysittingTransforming Stories into Comics. How does a comic artist take a favorite story and make it new? Three new stars in the literary comics cosmos shine the light on their process, adapting award-winning fiction, found historical materials and one of the most popular teen series of all time into graphic novels. Raina Telgemeier (The Babysitters Club graphic novel series), Danica Novgorodoff (Refresh, Refresh) and George O’Connor (Journey into Mohawk Country) in conversation with :01 Editor Calista Brill.  Held at the Youth Stage. 


If you are not convinced to come by the sheer awesomeness that is First Second, the full schedule of programming is here.  There will be lots of extraordinary comics people there, including the folks from D&Q. 

Last year my trip to the festival yielded a book entirely about accomplishing bank robberies!  How is that not worth a trip to Brooklyn?

September 09, 2009

the artist as miracle worker

A dazzling piece of art magic, expressed in sand and time and passion...


September 01, 2009

:01 Around the Internet

Go, Look!

Ball Peen Hammer excerpt in PW Comics Week. 

First Second signs up new projects!  It is impossible not to be excited about working with awesome people like Gene Yang, Thien Pham, Dave Roman, and Lucy Knisley. 

CWR really likes Kim Dong Hwa's Color trilogy.  "If you’d told me before I started that reading 900 pages of a man’s take on his mother’s memoirs on growing up in rural Korea would captivate me as much as the COLOR trilogy did . . . I’d have accused you of being drunk, insane, or over-medicated."

ICv2 likes Cat Burglar Black.  "The story reads like a Tintin/Oliver Twist hybrid."

Dustin Harbin's journey to love for Gus & His Gang.  "When Gus came out, with its garish safety-orange cover, and its Wild-West subject matter, I looked forward to reading it but wasn’t really peeing myself or anything."


Let this image serve as a PSA for Tiny Tyrant: The Ethelbertosaurus.  It has adorable artwork and mutant rats!  What more could you ask for in a book?

July 23, 2009

Comics Themes on iGoogle


How awesome is this?  Or this or this or this or this or this or this?

July 21, 2009

First Second's San Diego Doings

So, you're going to the San Diego Comic-Con, and you're thinking to yourself, 'however shall I put myself in a position to encounter the people at First Second Books?'  Here is a quick and easy guide. 

Technique 1: Come to our booth!  We can pretty much guarantee that whenever the floor is open, there will be someone from First Second at our booth.  It is number 1323. 

Technique 2: Come to one of the many programs our authors and Editorial Director are on!  Here is a helpful schedule to aid you in accomplishing this goal.  (There are a number of wonderful, awesome people [who do not make books for First Second] on many of these programs that we have not chosen to include in this schedule in an attempt at brevity. Sorry, wonderful, awesome people.) 


2:30 – 3:30 Spotlight on Gene Yang (Room 10)


1:00 – 2:00 Booth Signing: Gene Yang and Derek Kirk Kim

4:00 – 5:00 The Graphic Novel (panel with Derek Kirk Kim, Lewis Trondheim, and Gene Yang: Room 8)

6:30-7:30 Four-Color Reality (panel with Gene Luen Yang: Room 3)



10:00 – 11:00 Spotlight on Lewis Trondheim (Room 8)

11:30 – 12:30 Booth Signing: Lewis Trondheim


10:00 - 11:00 Kids Graphic Novels (panel with Derek Kirk Kim, Lewis Trondheim, and Gene Yang: Room 3)

2:00 – 3:00 Kids Write (interactive drawing session with Gene Yang: Room 30 CDE)


Technique 3: Avalanche!  Artificially engineering an avalanche that collapses the San Diego Convention Center and drives all the attendees out into the sea will guarantee that you meet someone at First Second, if only through the power of coincidence.  It is clear that this plan has no flaws. 

See you in San Diego!



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 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 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]. 

March 23, 2009

Nickelodeon Magazine


Nickelodeon Magazine is totally awesome! 

For one thing, their latest comics issue just featured a comic by Adventures in Cartooning creators James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost. 

For another thing, every time their magazine comes out, it features great cartoonists like Karl Kerschl, Richard Thompson, Michael Kupperman, Paul Hornschemeier, Sara Varon, Tom Gauld, Aaron Renier, Jason Shiga, and Mike Mignola.  How is it possible that they squeeze all this awesomeness in one magazine?  It seems almost impossible -- but it's nonetheless true, and the amazing editors Chris Duffy and Dave Roman somehow manage to do it every month!

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