Archive for the ‘ Behind the Scenes ’ Category


June 16, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

If you’re an author who’s not from North American, submitting your work to a US publisher for consideration — whether or not it’s been published in your home country before — can be extremely nerve-wracking. It’s hard enough to get a sense of what the market, the audiences, and the publishers for your comic are Read the Rest…

May 19, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

Here at First Second, we believe that stories don’t always need morals or lessons. Don’t get us wrong!  Morals and lessons are great, and there are lots of absolutely fantastic books that teach you that genocide is bad, that sharing is kind, that everyone is good at heart, etc. in more and less minimalist iterations Read the Rest…

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

“There’s no moral to this story, no lesson to be taken away and pondered. It’s just a blast. . . .  And here’s to the books that bring us such laughs right when we need them,” said Julie Danielson recently, in this Kirkus Reviews round-up of funny books for kids. (Humpty Dumpty laughing while reading Read the Rest…

April 28, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(My current bookshelf.  I’m just waiting for one of the shelves to collapse.) There are a lot of small parts of books that often pass unnoticed for most readers. If you’re an aspiring book-creator, these can be good things to watch out for when you’re in the ‘read all the books for reference’ phase of Read the Rest…

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

(some early art from Faith Erin Hicks’ upcoming graphic novel, The Nameless City — which she shared on her tumblr in a discussion of paper vs. digital art creation processes) When you have a book contract, it is time to rejoice!  Your book will be published!  By a publisher!  It will go out into the world Read the Rest…

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

(or, why a publisher almost never responds to a book pitch at a show by saying, ‘sold!’ and producing a contract right then and there.) (us at last week’s MoCCA Festival, at which we saw lots of great writers and artists — but did not agree to publish any books by them at the time) Read the Rest…

April 10, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

Let’s go with the most depressing reason possible: sometimes, authors die.  Sometimes (less depressingly) they give up writing or drawing because they feel like their books aren’t reaching people.  Sometimes, they get depressed and have bad days and wonder why they’re struggling along in this challenging industry. We all love books because they change our Read the Rest…

March 31, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

This year is an exciting year for us with ISBNs. (If you don’t already know, ISBNs are an identifying number for books — each book has its own, so that it can be identified numerically.  This is helpful for things like being scanned in a store or a library and registering in a general system.) Read the Rest…

March 27, 2014
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

(This post is inspired by the person on tumblr who commented that doing all the stuff we talked about previously to get your work out there was difficult when you’re a person who is shy.  Thanks for your topic suggestion!) We write a very aspirational blog.  What’s the best possible thing that you could be Read the Rest…

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

We get a lot of job application e-mails. A lot of them are really flattering!  People send us great e-mails about how much they like our books and would really like to work here, which is exactly the sort of e-mail that a person should send if they are endeavoring to get a job somewhere.  Read the Rest…