February 12, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

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Dedication is important for anyone creating comics!  It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to succeed in any creative pursuit, and comics is no exception.

(Check out the :01 blog for our year of monthly spotlights!)

February 8, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

We’re delighted to be the publishers of so many great authors and illustrators and graphic novels!

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February 4, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

John Patrick Green’s graphic novel for kids Hippopotamister will be coming your way in May, and it’s going to be great!

The book is about a hippopotamus who leaves the zoo (with his friend the red panda) to find a job in the world of the humans and become (with the aid of an assortment of hats) Hippopotamister, an exciting human-and-hippopotamus combo.

Here’s the cover!  My favorite part: the first ‘i’ has a hippo head above it — and the second ‘i’ has a hat!  So great.  There’s also a pretty wonderful hippo on it, too.

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And the spine!

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Here’s a close-up of Hippopotamister from the bottom of the spine.  He’s super-adorable!

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This graphic novel has a surprise for you on the case under the jacket!  (And what could be on the back?)

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It also has awesome zoo endpapers.

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Hippopotamister is a graphic novel for very young readers — kids who are just transitioning between picture books and early readers.  So it has a lot of big panels and easy-to-read dialogue!

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(And also, adorable animals!)

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Here’s the back cover!  Will you see our protagonist trying out all of these careers in the book?  Yes you will!

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We’re looking forward to May already!  That’s your chance to check out your local bookstore or library for this wonderful graphic novel.

February 3, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

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We’re delighted to shine a spotlight on the amazing Faith Erin Hicks in the month of February!  We’ve been publishing Faith since 2011, and she’s made some great graphic novels for us — including one that’s forthcoming this April, The Nameless City.

We can’t wait to share more of that with you in the next few months!

(check out our blog for our anniversary year of monthly author spotlights!)

February 2, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

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We’re huge fans of Sara Varon and her marvelous graphic novels!  So we’re so pleased to bring you this collection of her short work — all sorts of delightful tidbits from throughout her career.

The first graphic novel we ever published with Sara was the fantastic Robot Dreams, and this book takes you from the origin of that book to the current day — in a perfect collection to get cozy with in this winter season.

If you don’t know Sara’s work, this is the perfect book to get a sense of what her style is like!  And if you’re already a fan, you’ll love this too.

Happy reading!

February 1, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

Lucy Knisley is super-awesome!  We were thrilled to publisher her bestselling, Alex Award-winning graphic novel Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, and now we have an all-new momentous life-event book from Lucy coming your way in May: Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride.

It is about weddings!

We just got books in the office, and they look marvelous — here are some pictures!

Oh look, it is the exceedingly attractive cover.

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And here’s the inside front flap.

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The inside has a few photo elements (from Lucy’s own wedding process — how cool is that) and then is full of comics (and insightful cultural commentary).

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(If you can’t tell from this photo, Lucy’s self-portrait background art is a lot of small versions of her head.  So great!)

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Back cover!  This cake-size is totally accurate to the actual real-life version.

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Something New will be coming your way in May, and it will be wonderful!

January 27, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

We’re delighted to share with you the books we just got in the office — copies of our all-new series Science Comics!  The goal of this series is to create graphic novels about science that are fun and accessible while explaining about how cool parts of our world around us work.  We can’t wait to share these books with you!

The first two volumes of the series are Coral Reefs, by Maris Wicks, and Dinosaurs, by MK Reed and Joe Flood.  And here are pictures!

Don’t those covers look amazing?  You want to learn about dinosaurs and coral reefs now, right?  Or rather — you already wanted to learn about dinosaurs and coral reefs and now you have a fun and exciting way to do it!

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Here are our spines!

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Complete with dinosaur and fish!

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Each book will have an introduction by an expert in the book’s scientific topic.  (Octopus inclusion may vary.)  The books will also have a bibliography and additional reading recommendations at the end.

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And then they’ll be full of brightly colored, information-filled artwork (like this spread from Maris Wicks’ Coral Reefs)!

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Or this spread from MK Reed and Joe Flood’s Dinosaurs (complete with dinosaur digestion)!

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Also: skeletons!  Really, how can you resist?

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Excited for more Science Comics?  We are too!

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The end (with fun facts)!

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These two books will be in stores in April!  And we’ll have a special Free Comic Book Day Science Comics pamphlet comic for you as well — we can’t wait!

January 26, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

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We’re delighted to with George O’Connor’s latest Olympians graphic novel, Apollo: The Brilliant One, a happy book birthday today!

This series is up to eight volumes, and all of them are delightful — George O’Connor is basically writing the soap opera of the Greek Gods, and it’s wonderful!

If you haven’t checked out these graphic novels yet, now’s your chance!

January 11, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

We’re delighted to announce that First Second will be publishing Dan Santat’s upcoming graphic novel You Bad Son.

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You Bad Son is a YA graphic novel based on Dan’s experience growing up as an only child in a Thai American family. The story centers on his decision to go to art school over pursuing a career in medicine, and what his family is faced with when his mother is diagnosed with cancer.​

“Writing You Bad Son has been an experience of personal healing by looking back at my life and reexamining the struggles I went through as a teenager going through the awkward years of high school. Throughout the writing process I’ve gained a better understanding of how certain people and events, be it positive or negative, has shaped me into the person I am today. This is not a story about being an Asian-American teen, but rather, it is a story about the moment as a child when you realize that your parents are not perfect people and the awkward transition of trusting yourself in making your own decisions and learning by making your own mistakes, which is a theme I feel many teens can relate to,” says Dan Santat

“Dan has often talked about his childhood and the challenges he faced when he decided against the plans his parents had set for him in order to follow his dream of going to art school. Given that teens are faced with similarly pivotal decisions, like college, major, and future career, Dan’s personal experiences seemed like a natural fit for a young adult graphic novel, particularly one for the First Second list,” says Connie Hsu, the project’s editor.

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Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of the 2015 Randolph Caldecott Medal recipient, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. His other books include the graphic novel Sidekicks and the picture books Guild of Geniuses and Are We There Yet? Dan is also the illustrator of more than 30 books, including the Ricky Ricotta series with Dav Pilkey, Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz, and Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds. He graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and lives in Southern California with his wife, two sons, and a menagerie of pets.

You Bad Son will be in stores in 2018.  It’s going to be amazing!

January 5, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

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In January, we’re delighted to be celebrating FRIENDSHIP — and the work of the amazing Sara Varon.