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January 29, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(maybe our most trivial blog post topic yet!) We print most of our four-color (and most of our two-color) books in China. The vast majority of them get shipped here on container ships, but some extremely limited quantity of them we do air-freight so we (and our authors, and some key media and booksellers and Read the Rest…

January 8, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(this post was suggested by the excellent Ali Wilgus; this is a photo of part of one of the walls of my office) Business cards are a thing that a lot of people have! Should you make some? If you are a person who goes out into the world a lot and frequently meets people Read the Rest…

December 29, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

Books are heavy and expensive to ship. That’s because they’re basically made out of wood! Books are especially heavy and expensive to ship when they are graphic novels, because the paper we print on has to be thick enough to have a lot of heavy ink coverage without bleeding through to the other side of Read the Rest…

December 22, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(Pictured: First Second’s Winter 2016 season) Publishers divide their books up into ‘seasons’ within the year. This is so that, as well as dealing with all their books one at a time on an individual basis, they can deal with them in clusters for purposes like conventions, bookstore visits, and catalogs. First Second publishes our Read the Rest…

December 18, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(image ganked from here) People who love reading and writing are notoriously (stereotypically) poor at math. It’s a reciprocal thing!  You love reading?  Probably numbers are not your favorite thing.  (I can certainly sympathize: numbers aren’t my favorite thing.  I certainly do not sit around all day adding columns of them up for fun.) But Read the Rest…

December 15, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

It’s essential to clearly put a title and author credit on any work that you do! (from Above the Dreamless Dead) That’s especially the case when you’re part of an anthology!  Because if you’re putting out a stand-alone graphic novel or mini-comic, you probably put your book’s title and your name on the cover.  And Read the Rest…

December 8, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

If you’re a person who is a creative professional, it’s generally a very good idea to be contactable.  Specifically, it’s a good idea to have a clear method on your website for people to contact you. It can be a direct e-mail address or phone number.  It can be your agent’s e-mail address or phone Read the Rest…

November 24, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

  We’re so pleased to welcome our new designer, Danielle Ceccolini, to First Second!  You will all get to know her better in the coming months and years, but here are a few questions to get you started! What book would you take with you to a desert island? Probably one of those “Edible Plants” Read the Rest…

November 20, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(The second printing of two of our Spring 2014 titles — Andre the Giant and This One Summer.  You can tell that they’re second printings just from looking at the cover — we didn’t print the first printing with ‘New York Times Bestseller’ on it.) Figuring out when to reprint books is always a challenge Read the Rest…

November 17, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(from Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant — meeting new people with tea is always the best option.) Congratulations!  You’re making a graphic novel for the very first time.  That means you’re a real author now, and you’re allowed to put that on your taxes and tell your relatives you really are making money writing Read the Rest…