October 4, 2016
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books



Happy Book Birthday to a very special member of the First Second family: Demon Volume 1 by Jason Shiga. If you’re a fan of Meanwhile, get ready for something totally different. Jason’s four-volume epic is NOT for kids. SERIOUSLY.

Demon is unlike anything First Second has published before. It follows Jimmy Yee, a man who cannot die, no matter how hard he tries. Although he’s seemingly immortal, Jimmy’s real super power is his brain. He’s a highly analytical mathematical genius, and he has no qualms about leaving a massive bodycount behind as he attempts to unravel this bizarre this mystery.

September 27, 2016
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books


Happy Book Birthday to Andy Hirsch’s Varmints!

Clever, explosive, and deeply moving by turns, Varmints is a perfect middle-grade comedy. Hirsch brings an old-school Western style to bear on a story full of nuance, humor, and surprises.

Make sure to pick up a copy today!

September 26, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Events

It’s Comic Con time in New York and we are so excited to share what First Second will be up to this year.

We’ll be located in booth 2239, stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, October 5

  • 6:30 PM: French Embassy Exhibition Party at Cooper Union

Thursday, October 6

  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: In-booth signing, Dave Roman, Astronaut Academy
  • 12:00 PM: In-booth giveaway, teachers guides, GLY brochures, bookmarks
  • 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM:  Teaching More than the Basics: Pairing Comics and Chapter Texts in the Classroom featuring Rebecca Mock, Room 1B03
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: You’re Such a Geek: A Guide for Teachers, Students, and Parents to Cope with Bullying featuring Dave Roman, Room 1A05
  • 1:30PM – 2:00 PM: In-booth signing, Danica Novgorodoff, The Undertaking of Lily Chen
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Teaching History through Comics featuring :01 Editor Calista Brill, Room 1B03
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Teacher Networking Session, Room 1C03
  • 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: In-booth signing and giveaway, Matt Loux, Time Museum
  • 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM: Library Networking Session, Room 1C03
  • 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM: The Games People Play featuring Box Brown, Room 1A18
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: In-booth signing, Jorge Aguirre, Giants Beware and Dragons Beware
  • 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM: In-booth signing, Box Brown, Tetris and Andre the Giant
  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Signing, Asaf Hanuka, Boom, Booth 1558
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: In-booth signing, Nick Abadzis, Nick Bertozzi, and George O’Connor, Laika, Shakleton, and Olympians
  • 6:00 PM: NYCC Superweek Event, Box Brown, Barcade Jersey City

Friday, October 7

  • 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: In-booth giveaway, Demon 2
  • 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Signing, Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka, Artists Alley
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: You Fight Like a Girl! And Other Awesome Ideas Involving Women in Pop Culture featuring :01 staff member Gina Gagliano, Room 1A24
  • 11:30 PM – 12:00 PM: In-booth Giveaway, The Rescue
  • 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Signing, Asaf Hanuka, Boom, Booth 1558
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Let’s Get Lost / Science Fiction / Fantasy, and Worldbuilding in YA featuring Scott Westerfeld, BookCon at NYCC
  • 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: Signing, Scott Westerfeld, BookCon at NYCC
  • 2:00 PM: In-booth signing, Box Brown, Tetris
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Create Your Own Friendship Adventure featuring John Patrick Green and Rebecca Mock, Family HQ Workshop Room
  • 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Signing, John Patrick Green and Rebecca Mock, Hippopotamister, Compass South
  • 4:00 PM: In-booth signing, Scott Westerfeld, poster signing
  • 5:30 PM: In-booth Something New signed copy sale
  • 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Adult Comics, Box Brown, Jefferson Market Library
  • 6:30 PM: Drawing Life: Who is the Parisian Roz Chast? featuring Asaf Hanuka and Penelope Bagieu, Museum of the City of New York

Saturday, October 8

  • 11:00 AM: In-booth signing, Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka, The Divine
  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: In-booth signing and giveaway, Adam Rapp and Mike Cavallaro, Decelerate Blue
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Drawing from the World: Franco-Belgian Comics in Global Context featuring Asaf Hanuka, Room 1B03
  • 2:00 PM: In-booth signing, Box Brown, Tetris and Andre the Giant
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Create Your Own True Story Comic Adventure featuring Joe Flood, Jon Chad, Molly Brooks, and Falynn Koch, Family HQ Workshop Room
  • 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Kids Comics featuring John Patrick Green and Rebecca Mock, Jefferson Public LIbrary
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Signing, Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka, Artists Alley
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: In-booth signing, Jon Chad and Joe Flood, Science Comics: Volcanoes and Science Comics: Dinosaurs
  • 5:00 PM: In-booth Nameless City signed copy sale

Sunday, October 9

  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: In-booth giveaway, Exquisite Corpse
  • 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM: First Second 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring Mark Siegel, Box Brown, Scott Westerfeld, Sara Varon, Penelope Bagieu and Petra Mayer, Room 1B03
  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: In-booth giveaway and signing, Into the Outlands
  • 2:00 PM: In-booth giveaway, Mighty Jack stickers
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: My First Comic featuring Sara Varon and Jon Chad, Family HQ Workshop Room
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: In-booth signing, Sara Varon, Sweaterweather
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Comics in Real Life featuring Penelope Bagieu and Box Brown, BookCon at NYCC

September 13, 2016
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books


Happy Book Birthday to Drew Weing’s The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo!

In the first volume of this new middle-grade series, Drew Weing delivers a fresh and funny take on the age-old battle between kids and closet-dwelling monsters. Make sure to pick up a copy and join snarky blogger Charles and monster mediator Margo Maloo in this ghoulish adventure!

September 6, 2016
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books


Happy Book Birthday to Ben Hatke’s best work yet—Mighty Jack, the first of two volumes in a modern-day graphic novel retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Mighty Jack is a vivid, warm, and sensitive epic fairytale adventure. It’s a story of how a few magical seeds push three kids to each be their own kind of hero. Make sure to pick up this mighty adventure. And don’t worry about that cliffhanger ending—volume 2 is coming next fall!

August 30, 2016
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books


Happy Book Birthday to the newest book from Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes’ awesome Secret Coders series, Paths & Portals!

The Secret Coders series really picks up steam in the second volume, Paths & Portals. We learn more about the secret history of Stately Academy. And Josh,who you might have written off as an annoying jerk-face, turns out to be an important part of the team.

Make sure to check this series out and start your journey to being a coding master!

August 17, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books


Collaboration is a vital part of the comics-making experience — it’s so often that comics are made by more than one person.

And comics are never a solo endeavor!  Between editing, design, production, and the whole publishing process, there are always other people behind the scenes in making the comics we read.

We’re celebrating collaboration this month for First Second’s tenth anniversary!

August 11, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Behind the Scenes

Congratulations to Andrew Arnold, the new Associate Art Director managing First Second graphic novel design.  Andrew will now be responsible for art direction and design for graphic novel titles both at First Second and those graphic novels published by First Second’s sister companies FSG BYR and Roaring Brook.
Andrew started working at our parent company, Macmillan Children’s, as a marketing associate in 2009. He moved over to the book design department the following year, becoming a Senior Designer in 2014. He’s worked with Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock on Compass South, the graphic novel edition of A Wrinkle in Time, Ozge Samanci’s Dare to Disappoint, as well as on picture books with Vera Brosgol and Jake Parker.


First Second: What was the first comic you remember reading?

Andrew: I honestly couldn’t tell you! But I do remember the first time my parents took me to a comic shop: it was right before a family vacation. We were driving from Houston to Florida, which meant a lot of time to kill in the car for an 8 year old. My next-door neighbors (who eventually became great friends) were into comics, and they suggested I bring some with me to read along the way. My parents drove me to the shop, let me pick out a few, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

First Second: What about comics inspires you?

Andrew: That moment when text and art come together seamlessly. It’s like you’re not reading text or looking at pictures; you’re reading comics and that’s all it can be.

First Second: What are some of your favorite graphic novels?

Andrew: Maus, Walt Simonson’s run on Thor, American Born Chinese, Persepolis, And Kevin Huizenga’s Ganges are a few that jump out at me. I also love Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year OneSaga is one that I’ve been hooked on for awhile.

First Second: What are some things you’re working on now at First Second?

Andrew: So many things, and I only just started! I’m wrapping up a middle grade comic by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham that’s super charming. Shannon’s story is about making friends for the first time and how to deal with bullies. It’s incredibly honest and Uyen’s artwork captures that beautifully. I’m also working on something by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland that I’m excited about. Oh, and I heard that some pages of Battling Boy 2 are rolling in, but I don’t think I should reveal too much about that yet . . . I’m new to the fold and the last thing I want to do is spill the beans.

First Second: What do you have to say to the world about comics?

Andrew: It’s a great time to be in comics. People continue to experiment with the form and I’m so excited to be on the front lines of it all. I really can’t wait to see what comes next!

We’re delighted to welcome Andrew to First Second!

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


We’re delighted to be publishing the Last Man series, by Bastien Vives, Michael Sanlaville, and Balak.  These books are such fun magical adventures — delightful, fun, and charming stories with dynamic, engaging artwork.

There are five volumes so far, with a sixth coming this fall — please do check these out!

July 13, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books


Characters — an obviously essential part of any book!

For many authors, a character is where the story thoughts — creating a persona, an ideology, a background, an appearance for something kicks off where the adventure goes and how it unfolds.

And characters really stay in your heart after a story is over!

We’re excited to be celebrating characters this month, for First Second’s tenth anniversary.