March 28, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Events


(pictured: the First Second table at last year’s MoCCA Arts Festival)

We’re excited to share that First Second will be exhibiting at this year’s MoCCA Arts Festival!

We’ll be tabling at D144 — come by and check out our latest books.  (And if you come by on Saturday at 4pm, you can also spend some time with the amazing Sara Varon, who’ll be hanging out and signing her graphic novel Sweaterweather).

We can’t wait to see you at the show!

March 15, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

Happy Book Birthday to James Kochalka and The Glorkian Warrior and the Mustache of Destiny — the final book in James Kochalka’s fun-filled, zany, brightly colored graphic novel series.

If you haven’t been checking out these wild stories of our alien protagonist The Glorkian Warrior and his best friend the talking backpack, now’s your chance!  Lots of fun is in store for you.


We’re so proud of this series!  And now you can buy them all.


Happy reading!

March 14, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books


Comics as a form are uniquely qualified to transfer knowledge with their combination of words and pictures.  This month, we’re celebrating that!

March 14, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

We’re publishing some books this fall!  It’s going to be a great season.

Here’s what we’ve got in store.

Tetris, by Box Brown


The Rescue, by Balak, Michael Sanlaville, and Bastien Vives


Science Comics: Volcanos, by Jon Chad


Demon, by Jason Shiga


Mighty Jack, by Ben Hatke


The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo, by Drew Weing


Into the Outlands, by Robert Christie and Deborah Lang


Varmints, by Andy Hirsch


They’re going to be amazing!  We can’t wait to share these with all of you.

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

Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling RGB

Happy Book Birthday to Tony Cliff and Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling!

More frequently than I’d like, in publishing, we hear publishing professionals telling us, ‘women can’t be heroes in this historical book — because women weren’t heroes in history.’  This displays that these people have an inaccurate understanding of history — but still, there aren’t a whole lot of action-adventure books set in our past where the woman is the character who has the sword.

I’m so glad that Tony Cliff’s Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling challenges this stereotype with a wonderful female hero — Delilah Dirk.  And this book engages with the typical female behavior at the time, making one of her greatest challenges dealing with wearing a dress and behaving at public parties and in high society — something she finds as challenging (or more!) than hitting people with swords.

This story reveals the complexity of historical female heroes!  And it’s wonderful

Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling is on sale today — please pick it up!

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


We’re very pleased to celebrate Maris Wicks — whose work you’ll recognize from Primates, Human Body Theater, and the upcoming Coral Reefs — during the month of March!

February 16, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books


Today’s the publication date for The Show, the latest volume in the Last Man series by Bastien Vives, Michael Sanlaville, and Balak.

If you haven’t been following along at home, let me recap for you here: magical feudal world, fighting tournament mismatched partnership, victory, surprise dimension-hopping, getting into and out of trouble.

And that’s where volume four picks up!  You are now on your way.

This series is pulse-pounding and addictive — we’re excited to be bringing you two more volumes this year, in the spring and fall.  We can’t wait!

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


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!


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.


And the spine!


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


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


It also has awesome zoo endpapers.


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!


(And also, adorable animals!)


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


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