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July 9, 2013
Posted by: Mark Siegel
Categories: Uncategorized

It’s out! It’s gorgeous, it’s thrilling, and it’s  . . . hefty! In fact, it may be THE biggest full-color graphic novel yet published, clocking in at almost 500 pages. It’s TEMPLAR. This stunner has the spirited swashbuckling flair of Alexander Dumas, a heist caper worthy of Ocean’s Eleven, and the epic sweep and immersive historical Read the Rest…

June 20, 2013
Posted by: Mark Siegel
Categories: Uncategorized

Kim Thompson died on the morning of June 19th. With immense sadness, here’s to salute an exceptional human being, and a man who, with Gary Groth and all of Fantagraphics has profoundly and irrevocably changed the landscape of comics in America. Before starting First Second, I was knocking on publishing doors with my own projects, Read the Rest…

June 6, 2013
Posted by: Mark Siegel
Categories: Adventures in Publishing, Behind the Scenes, Uncategorized

THOUGH NO STRANGER TO COMICS, Boaz Yakin is better known to the world of movies. My first introduction to him was through Fresh. One of my favorite movies. Since then, Yakin has written and directed many films with the likes of Denzel Washington, Renée Zellweger and Jason Stratham, working on blockbusters and indy pictures both. Our Read the Rest…

May 15, 2013
Posted by: Calista Brill
Categories: Uncategorized

You like quantum electrodynamics, don’t you? Of course you do! Who doesn’t, am I right? All I’m gonna say here is if you think you don’t like physics, or physicists, this book will change your mind. And now it’s out in a gorgeous, sleek, affordable paperback edition! So if you’re looking for a fantastic biography Read the Rest…

May 14, 2013
Posted by: Calista Brill
Categories: Uncategorized

An easy mistake to make when you’re setting out to write comedy — especially pop-culture inflected comedy — is to focus on the referential and satirical and to neglect, well, the heart of the story. But the best writers know that comedy only works when there’s an anchor for the audience — when there’s a Read the Rest…

May 14, 2013
Posted by: Calista Brill
Categories: Uncategorized

Oh, the joys of being an Odd Duck. If you’re a Theodora-style Odd Duck, maybe you’re a little fussy, a little particular about your life. You’ve got your funny ways, and you stick to them. You might not be super sociable–you’ve got your own thing going, after all. If you’re a Chad-style Odd Duck, you Read the Rest…

May 7, 2013
Posted by: Calista Brill
Categories: Uncategorized

Ugh, where can I even start with this book? Well, let me give you a quote from a recent Booklist review that pretty much sums it up: If David Lynch scripted Dick Tracy it might—might—be as great as this. Red Handed is … it’s a crime story about crime stories, and it’s also a crime Read the Rest…

May 7, 2013
Posted by: Calista Brill
Categories: Uncategorized

This book had a long, winding road to travel, but it’s finally here! A “typical” (ha! as though there is such a thing as typical in this business) graphic novel starts life as a script, then it gets arted, then sent to the printer, and then, pretty soon, it’s a book. Nothing Can Possibly Go Read the Rest…

April 24, 2013
Posted by: Calista Brill
Categories: Uncategorized

It’s convention season! When you work at a graphic novel publisher, you attend a lot of conventions and a lot of small-press shows. And you start to notice patterns – you get a sense of what works and what doesn’t work for the folks who have tables at a show like MoCCA or TCAF or Read the Rest…

April 12, 2013
Posted by: Calista Brill
Categories: Uncategorized

This is a photograph of my computer monitor at work. On top of it is a rubber stamp that MK Reed gave me a few years ago. It reads, I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. –Douglas Adams That text document is my to do list. As you Read the Rest…