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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…

January 15, 2013
Posted by: Mark Siegel
Categories: :01 Stop: Watch, Adventures in Publishing, Behind the Scenes, Tips for Creative Types, Uncategorized

I always relish the glimpses into an artist’s process. Like these shots of Vera Brosgol’s arsenal of tools for Anya’s Ghost: or her tiny Moleskine thumbnails and character studies: Or how about this little piece of Art magic from Emmanuel Guibert, on Alan’s War: Would you like to see more of these “peeks from the drawing Read the Rest…

January 11, 2013
Posted by: Calista Brill
Categories: Uncategorized

Standing up in defense of fanworks and remix culture at this point is sort of like saying, “OMG, I actually think geeky boys are kinda cute!” — yes, we know, we all know, we’ve all known for some time. Geeks are cool, and media fandom is, if not exactly cool, then at least socially acceptable Read the Rest…

December 12, 2012
Posted by: Calista Brill
Categories: Uncategorized

Today is the pub date of Thien Pham’s remarkable book, Sumo. How proud of it are we? THIS PROUD!