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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…

April 2, 2013
Posted by: Calista Brill
Categories: Uncategorized

Today’s the publication date of Lucy Knisley’s splendid graphic-memoir-by-way-of-cookery, Relish. If you live in Boston, New York City, the Hudson River Valley, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, or Toronto, you should attend one of her events and get yourself a signed book! It was my great pleasure to edit Relish, and it’s the peculiar lot of Read the Rest…

March 19, 2013
Posted by: Mark Siegel
Categories: Uncategorized

George O’Connor delivers POSEIDON, the fifth installment in his mythical OLYMPIANS series—and continues to dethrone D’aulaires Book of Greek Myths, as the most valuable and trustworthy reference for young readers for the original world-shaping tales of Ancient Greece . . . and O’Connor turns out to be one of their most inspired and exciting retellers. Read the Rest…

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

Everyone at First Second is sending our very best wishes to Fantagraphics co-pubisher Kim Thompson, who is dealing with some really scary health stuff right now. Fantagraphics has been showing the world how it’s done for over thirty years, and it’s probably safe to say that First Second wouldn’t exist without them. Kim Thompson is Read the Rest…

March 5, 2013
Posted by: Calista Brill
Categories: Behind the Scenes, Uncategorized

Monday, March 4, 2013   7:30am – Arrive at the Flatiron. No, I don’t usually get into work at 7:30, but it’s awesome to do it every week or two because it gives you chance to bang out a bunch of emails before people start replying to them and requiring you to write still more Read the Rest…

February 5, 2013
Posted by: Calista Brill
Categories: Uncategorized

Fourteen hours in a jet plane will get you a sore butt all the way from First Second in NYC to New Delhi, India, where the third annual Comic Con India is about to take place. Reader, I boarded that jet plane. Comic Con India has a bunch of terrific publishers at their show this Read the Rest…