November 9, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

Tony Cliff’s graphic novel Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is just marvelous, so we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to present you with the second volume: Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling.  This book takes Delilah and Selim to England, where they must deal with spies, adventures, and worst of all . . . high society!  Will the British enjoy Selim’s excellent tea?  Will Delilah have to wear dresses?  Stay tuned to find out!

Here’s the cover of the book.  You can see that British society and Delilah are not really getting along here.


We love the teal and purple combination when you look at the two covers together!  Also you can clearly see that the cover type is in a shiny silver foil — yay that!


Looking for more?  This book is long — 272 pages!  So there’s lots of Delilah Dirk reading and adventures ahead of you.


Here’s a set of the spines together.  This book is very handsome!


You can see by the spines how much longer the second book is than the first!


Speaking of spies . . . here’s Major Jason Merrick on the inside front flap.  Watch out for him, you guys — and definitely don’t entrust him with your Napoleonic War secrets.


Interiors!  Tony Cliff draws amazing art.


This spread may or may not have dresses!


Acknowledgements and inside back flap!  You’ll see that Tony does a lot of research to make these books happen (flying ships regardless).


Did you still have doubts about buying this book?  Doubt no longer — see what amazing people are fans?


Back covers together forever!


Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling will be coming your way in March — we can’t wait for you to read this great book!

November 5, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

James Kochalka’s wonderful, brightly-colored, silliness-positive Glorkian Warrior trilogy comes to an end this winter, with The Glorkian Warrior and the Mustache of Destiny.  It features . . . a mustache!  And also some children.  (And coffee.)

I love how bright and fun the colors of this book are!  It just looks so inviting.


We’re publishing two simultaneous editions — paperback and hardcover — for double your brightly-colored, silly reading entertainment!


This book is so attractive.


And the spine has tiny Glorkian Warriors with even-tinier mustaches!


Just look at that mustache!  It is clearly a mustache of destiny.


Here are the aforementioned kids that the Glorkian Warrior must deal with.  As usual, he is completely unprepared.


Kids!  They’re on the back cover, too.


This book is going to be fantastic!  We can’t wait for you to read it in March, when it’ll be coming your way.

November 2, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

We’re delighted to be publishing George O’Connor’s latest Olympians graphic novel, Apollo!  This is the story of the god of music, prophecy, and more.

Apollo is pictured on the cover here with the muses, obviously important to that whole music deity-ship.


We’re also publishing a hardcover edition of this graphic novel, as per usual!  It looks like this.


Does Apollo’s bow seem shiny?  That’s because it is!  The bow is printed in gold foil, and it looks fantastic.


And here’s the spine!


Here’s the inside front cover — complete with a ginormous family tree!  And the title page.


George’s superhero-y gods are back, and as dramatic as ever!


(Remind me never to get into an adventure with the Greek gods.  They don’t seem to be super-careful about mortals.)


The back cover has all the books so far!  This is the eighth volume of the series.  Four more to go!


Apollo will be in stores in January.  We can’t wait to share this book with you!

October 20, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

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We’re delighted to present our newest nonfiction graphic novel: Omaha Beach on D-Day, based on the classic photograph by Robert Capa, written by Jean-David Morvan and illustrated by Dominique Bertail.

This graphic novel celebrates the famous photograph (pictured on the top half of the cover) taken by Robert Capa during the D-Day invasion.  Morvan and Bertail take that image and tell the story behind the process of taking it, from the perspective of Capa himself.  In this book, you’ll also find some historical essays on Capa and photography that give a new look to the career of the photojournalist.  It’s a serious, solemn peril-filled moment of our history, and we’re glad to share it with you.

We hope you enjoy this new window into our history!

October 15, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

We’re over the moon to be publishing Sara Varon’s wonderful graphic novel Sweaterweather!  It’s an adorable collection of short stories that are some of Sara’s finest — told in a three-color palette.

We love this book!

(Does this book look familiar to you?  The original edition of Sweaterweather was published by Alternative Comics over ten years ago.  We’re bringing it back with lots of additional content.)

Like all of Sara’s books, Sweaterweather is a delightful thing to look at.


They’re making sweaters!  On the cover!


And then the spine has a tiny sweater-snowstorm.




Then the back cover is a snuggly winter scene!  You guys: so adorable.


(This cover also has an exciting snowstorm-y surprise under the jacket, but we’re going to not show you that yet.  It’ll be a surprise!)


Printed ends!  We love printed endpapers, especially two-color ones.  This endpaper is primed for adventure!


Here’s a page from one of the stories.


And another, where Sara tells about her inspiration.


The back flap has a penguin!  That’s all I need to say; who can resist a good penguin?

Sweaterweather will be out in February — perfect weather for sweaters!  We can’t wait to share it with you.

October 13, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books


We’re delighted that today is the day that Paul Pope, JT Petty, and David Rubin’s new graphic novel The Fall of the House of West is available for your purchasing pleasure.

It’s so wonderful that the amount of girls who are also heroes in the comics universe has been growing and growing and growing, and we’re very proud that Aurora West is part of that.  Aurora is very much in the vein of a classical (almost always portrayed as male) hero, with her skills including punching people, detective work, and bringing wrongdoers to justice.

Girls can do all of that too!  So yay that — it’s really wonderful when there are stories with girls who get that same strength and power and position of importance that guys do.

And just try facing down Aurora West!  As you can tell from the cover of this book — she’s fierce, and she’s not backing down!

We hope you can all check out this conclusion to Aurora West’s adventures in The Fall of the House of West!

October 6, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Uncategorized

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Do you have a body?

Then this is the perfect book for you!

Maris Wicks’ nonfiction graphic novel Human Body Theater takes you on a tour through all the systems of the human body — led by a cheerful talking skeleton.  If you ever were wondering what was going on inside your blood, bones, or your brain — this book will explain all of that to you with tiny adorable body parts taking the lead.

Maris Wicks draws some of the cutest science you ever will see in this wonderful graphic novel about how all of our bodies work.

After reading this book, you’ll never be confused about what your body does with the peanut butter sandwiches it eats ever again!


October 5, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

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We’re so delighted to be publishing the action-packed, adventure-filled Last Man series.  And now we present the latest volume, which is out this week: The Chase!

The magical tournament fighting never stops in these thrilling graphic novels!  This latest tells the story of Adrian and his mother, Marianne, as they venture outside of the Valley of the Kings . . . into an unknown world.

Magic and mysteries and some super-strange people await them as they set off on their latest adventure.

We hope you’re enjoying these dynamic books a whole lot!  Hop on board for the latest great read with The Chase.

October 1, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Events


First Second will be exhibiting at NYCC in booth #2237.  We’ll have a lot of great authors and books at the show — we hope you can stop by and say hi.

Here’s the round-up!

Show Debut — the amazing Human Body Theater, by Maris Wicks, will debut at NYCC this year.  This is the most adorable you’ll ever see the human body, you guys — even the mucus is adorable.  You won’t be able to resist this — and it’s a great gift for kids.

We have a lot of amazing authors coming to the show.  They’ll all be at the :01 booth at some point (see the schedule below), and we’ll have their books for sale, too.  So come by and meet them!  Our authors at NYCC this year include:
Fable Comics authors
Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado (Dragons Beware!)
Penelope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse)
Mike Holmes (Secret Coders)
Jean-David Morvan and Dominique Bertail (Omaha Beach on D-Day)
MK Reed (Science Comics: Dinosaurs)
Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy)
Maris Wicks (Human Body Theater)

And here’s the full schedule of all we’ve got going on — signings and panels and give-aways galore!

Thursday, October 8th
12:15pm — :01 Pop-Up Exhibit at the Educator Networking Session / Room 1E04
3:00pm — STEM Panel for Educators (Room 1A05) with MK Reed (Science Comics: Dinosaurs) and Maris Wicks (Human Body Theater)
4:30pm — MK Reed Signing in the :01 Booth #2237

Friday, October 9th
11:30am — Maris Wicks Signing in the :01 Booth #2237
2:00pm — Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado Signing in the :01 Booth #2237

Saturday, October 10th

11:45am — Human Body Theater Kids Stage (Family HQ) with Maris Wicks!  Learn all you ever wanted to know about the human body.
12:00pm — Mike Holmes (Secret Coders) Signing in the :01 Booth #2237
2:00pm — Omaha Beach on D-Day NYCC Pre-Publication Exclusive Give-Away and Signing with Jean-David Morvan and Dominique Bertail in the :01 Booth #2237
3:45pm — Fable Comics Kids Stage (Family HQ); come see some amazing fable re-tellings with panelists: Chris Duffy, Gregory Benton, Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas, John Kerschbaum, George O’Connor, Maris Wicks.
4:00pm — The Nameless City Limited Copy Galley Give-Away in the :01 Booth #2237
5:00pm — Fable Comics Signing in the :01 Booth #2237
6:45pm — Nonfiction Comics Panel (Room 1A05) with the wonderful Maris Wicks!  These nonfiction comics will knock your socks off.

Sunday, October 11th

11:00am — The Fall of the House of West NYCC Pre-Publication Exclusive Galley Give-Away in the :01 Booth #2237
12:00pm — Create Your Own Adventure Panel (Family HQ) — write and draw your own adventures with kids and authors Dave Roman and Maris Wicks!
12:15pm — Euro-Comics Panel (1A01) — learn about the best of comics from across the pond with Penelope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse), Jean-David Morvan, and Dominique Bertail (Omaha Beach on D-Day).
12:30pm — Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado (Giants Beware!) Signing in the :01 Booth #2237
1:15pm — Maris Wicks (Human Body Theater) Signing in the NYCC WORD Bookstore, Hall 1-B
2:00pm — Penelope Bagieu (Exquisite Corpse) Signing in the :01 Booth #2237
2:00pm — Build Your Own Monster Panel (Family HQ) — create a monster of your very own with author and artist Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado!
2:45pm — Kids Comics Panel (Room 1B03) — how do publishers edit and think about graphic novels for kids? Come find out with :01 Senior Editor Calista Brill!

We’d love to see you at the show – please stop by and say hi!

September 29, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

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We’re so excited to introduce a brand-new series by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes: Secret Coders!

This series is super-cool because it combines the classic action-packed school story (think Harry Potter or Sideways Stories) with some information about how to do computer programming.

Gene is a computer science teacher, and coding is one of the things that he’s really passionate about.  And it’s definitely an important thing for people everywhere to know — I mean, how often do you use a computer?  (Hint: if you’re reading this, you’re using a computer right now.)  For most of us, it’s every day — and now there are computers inside our phones and inside grocery stores and libraries and restaurants and in all sorts of places that we’d never have thought even ten years ago.

So if you’re feeling adrift in today’s technological universe, this book can help start you on a path to understanding how programming works.  Yay that!

We can’t wait for you all to read this book — and now’s your chance!