Archive for the ‘ Behind the Scenes ’ Category


June 9, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

First Second is delighted to welcome our new Editorial Assistant, Kiara Valdez! Kiara is a graduate of Williams College, and she’s interned at Crown, Penguin Random House, and Kodansha. Kiara speaks Japanese, enjoys a broad range of comics and is already bringing her strengths to First Second. What was the first comic you remember reading? Read the Rest…

February 12, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

Dedication is important for anyone creating comics!  It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to succeed in any creative pursuit, and comics is no exception. (Check out the :01 blog for our year of monthly spotlights!)

December 28, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(some books on our office bookshelf currently) As a publisher, we’re here to tell you that publishers are big fans of books.  Everyone who works in publishing loves books — and loves reading. To aspiring authors, there are a lot of times when ‘publishing’ can seem like some sort of crazy black-box monolith with no Read the Rest…

September 17, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(business cards; from my office wall) One of the reasons that publicists and marketing people exist is to be an intermediary between authors and the outside world.  (Unrelatedly, this is also why people have FAQ sections on their websites.) When media that wants interviews or bookstores that want events and they need to get in Read the Rest…

September 14, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(Galleys of Faith Erin Hicks’ upcoming graphic novel The Nameless City — which is going to be awesome, you guys!) For most authors, getting a book published can be a struggle.  It’s a struggle to write or draw the book, it’s a battle to edit it, it’s a fight to find the right publisher, and Read the Rest…

September 10, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(art from Box Brown’s wonderful nonfiction graphic novel Andre the Giant.  This is an interview, but it’s not an informational one) There are times when you want a job and you know who you want it with.  But: they’re very clear in explaining how their hiring works, and they don’t have any openings that would Read the Rest…

September 7, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(the top half of last Thursday’s free PW Daily e-newsletter) Go to conventions! — that’s something that we frequently hear as advice for aspiring creators.  And it’s good advice — conventions are a great place to show off your work, meet people in the industry, and see what kind of authors are getting published and Read the Rest…

September 3, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(Current :01 office bookshelf!  It’s got some books that we’ve published.) Most of the time when we talk about books on this blog, we’re specifically talking about books where the pitching process goes like this: Author: I have an idea!  It is this idea which I am now explaining to you in moderate depth, and Read the Rest…

August 24, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(the candy currently in my office which is not chocolate and which I purchased for myself, I swear) Sometimes we get asked the question — are there little things that authors can do that will help get a publisher’s attention for their pitch — like send them some chocolate in the envelope? Now, it’s well Read the Rest…

August 20, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(here is a photo of my bookshelf at the present time, which is actually a moderately reasonable representation of our publishing, though of course many books are omitted for purposes of being on the bottom of the bookshelf behind some boxes) Publishers really want to publish books.  It’s practically the whole reason for our existence.  Read the Rest…