June 22, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Events


Readers, you’ll be unsurprised to learn that our plans for this week involve going to the ALA annual conference — and that we’re very excited about it.  Being the publisher of the first ever graphic novel to win a Caldecott Honor makes this an automatically amazing conference for us this year, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating at this show!

First Second will be exhibiting with MacKids at booth 1003 and 1004 in the north hall. Please come by and visit us.

And don’t forget to check out the ALA Artists Alley.  :01 authors Tony Cliff, Thien Pham, Lark Pien, Dave Roman, Aron Steinke, and Gene Luen Yang will be exhibiting there throughout the show! Stop by and say hi and check out their latest books — they’re all awesome.

Here’s our complete schedule!


Asian Pacific American Library Association – 35th Anniversary Plenary Session
Time: 4:45 – 6:00pm
Location: University of San Francisco / McLaren Conference Center / 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA
Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero) will be featured in this celebration of Asian Pacific American authors and librarians!


ALSC Preconference — Also Truly Distinguished (and Diverse!): An Afternoon Honoring the Honor Winners
Time: 11:30am – 4:00pm
Location: Moscone Convention Center – 2003 W
Jillian Tamaki will be speaking at This One Summer throughout the conference, and :01 Editorial Director Mark Siegel will speak about Batchelder Honor title Hidden.

GraphicCon: We Need Diverse Comics
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Moscone Convention Center 3010 W
This discussion of diversity in comics will feature :01 authors Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero).

Gene Luen Yang Signing in the :01/MacKids Booth
Time: 6:00 – 6:30pm
Location: Booth 1003/1004
We’ll have a few advance copies of Gene’s upcoming graphic novel Secret Coders to give away to the first people in line!

Printz Award Reception
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Marriott Marquis San Francisco / Golden Gate A & B / Lower B2 Level / 780 Mission St / San Francisco, CA
Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki will be receiving a Printz Honor for This One Summer! How awesome is that? So awesome!


Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki Signing in the :01/MacKids Booth
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
Location: :01/MacKids Booth 1003/1004
We’ll have copies of This One Summer (with the silver stickers!) and Supermutant Magic Academy, as well as some galleys of Mariko’s upcoming YA novel Saving Montgomery Sole!

The History and Growth of First Second Books
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Location: Graphic Novel Stage (behind Artists Alley)
:01 Editorial Director Mark Siegel will discuss First Second’s past and future!

Beyond Tintin: Collecting European Comics in the US
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Moscone Convention Center – Room 3004 W
A discussion of the state of the European graphic novel in our country, with :01 Editorial Director Mark Siegel.

Graphic Novel Award Winners: Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki in Conversation with Cece Bell
Time: 2:45 – 3:30pm
Location: Graphic Novel Stage (behind Artists Alley)
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki talk to Cece Bell about graphic novels breaking the Newbery and Caldecott barriers this year, conducted by Gene Ambaum (Unshelved).

Asian Pacific American Library Association Award Ceremony
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Canton Restaurant / 655 Folsom Street / San Francisco, CA
Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew will be receiving the APALA Honor for their wonderful graphic novel The Shadow Hero!


YALSA CoffeeKlatch
Time: 8:55 – 10:00am
Location: Marriott Marquis / Yerba Buena Salon 7 – Lower B2 Level / 780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki will be featured in this YA author roundtable discussion!

Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki Groundwood Signing
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Groundwood Booth #1327, North Hall
If you want a Canadian copy of This One Summer, now’s your chance to snag one!

Protecting Comics: Authors & Experts on Fighting Graphic Novel Challenges
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Graphic Novel Stage (behind Artists Alley)
Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki, and Gene Luen Yang will speak with the CBLDF about comics and censorship!

We Need Diverse Books Presents: How to Move from Talk to Action
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Moscone Convention Center 2005 W
Gene Luen Yang will discuss bringing diversity to children’s books in libraries with We Need Diverse Books.

Historical Fiction Graphic Novels
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Graphic Novel Stage (behind Artists Alley)
Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk) talks about what goes into writing and drawing historical fiction!

Newbery Caldecott Wilder Banquet
Time: 7:00 – 11:00pm
Location: Hilton Union Square, Grand Ballroom A&B, Level 1 / 333 O’Farrel Street, San Francisco, CA
Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer is the first ever graphic novel to receive a Caldecott Award! So exciting!


ALSC Book & Media Awards
Time: 8:30am – 10:00am
Location: Moscone Convention Center – 3006 W
Hidden, by Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano, and Greg Salsedo will receive the Batchelder Honor! :01 Editorial Director Mark Siegel will accept the award for the authors.

See you at the show!

June 18, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books


(we’re delighted to present this Q&A with Faith Erin Hicks in honor of this week’s publication of a mass market edition of her first graphic novel with us, Brain Camp!)

What’s your protagonist’s favorite flavor of ice cream and why? What’s your own favorite flavor of ice cream?

I’m going to say Lucas probably likes something gross like bubblegum because you get both ice cream and gum (so bonus candy), and Jenna likes something classic like chocolate, because she’s nerdy like me and chocolate’s my favourite.

Which literary character would you fall in love with if they existed outside of the pages of books?

Can I pick a comic character? Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist. So hot. So tragic. So loyal. So hot. Did I mention he was hot?

What book would you take with you to a desert island?

Yikes, I’m not sure. I’d probably want to take my three favourite comic series: Bone by Jeff Smith, Pluto by Naoki Urasawa and Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa.

Flight or invisibility?

Flight! So exercise would finally be fun.

What was your favorite book as a kid?

Hm, I think it was a dead heat between the Chronicles of Prydain and the Vesper Holly books, both by Lloyd Alexander. Both series had action, adventure and awesome girls who kicked butt.

What was the last book you read?

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner, the fourth book in her fantasy series about warring (or at least conspiring) kingdoms. That sounds really bland, but I love these books. They have great characters who are never what they seem.

What food goes perfectly with your novel?

No one should eat while reading this comic, because this comic is SUPER GROSS. You will lose your lunch.

What’s your favorite word?


What literary character should your readers use as a basis for their mental picture of you?

I have no idea. I’m literally stumped by this. I mean, I know characters that I’d like to be, but they’re definitely not like me at all. I’ll get back to you on that.

You have one chance to convert someone into a book lover. What book do you give them?

Bone by Jeff Smith. No one can resist its charms.

What literary character is your favorite Halloween costume?

I’m bad at Halloween. The last time I dressed up I was Superhero Girl, who’s my own character from a comic I draw. So I guess Superhero Girl?

What’s your favorite part of a book?

I like the part just past the middle when the action really gets going and I’m a lot more familiar with the chracters, so I’m really rooting for them to save the day or whatever. Any part of the book with a lot of action or drama is my favourite part.

What animal would your daemon (or patronus) be?

A sloth. Because I’m always tired and hanging from trees and making weird “eek!”ings noises when I want to be fed.

What’s the first book you remember reading?

I learned to read on Asterix and Tintin comics. My dad would go to work and I wouldn’t want to wait until he came home for him to read them to me, so I started reading them myself. Probably explains why I’m a cartoonist.

If you and your main character went on an adventure together, where would you go? Would it be fun?

I think Jenna and I would have an incredibly informative time at various museums. It would look boring to other people, but I love museums and would enjoy the heck out of our trip. PS. I’m boring. I’m sorry!

What would a reading tree house designed just for you look like?

First off, it would be someplace where it always rains, so I’d never look out the window and see a nice day and feel badly for being indoors. It would also have an English version of Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa, because I’m dying to read that and it’s still not legally available. :( And pillows. Lots and lots of pillows. Also a few cats. And someone to vacuum because cat hair gets everywhere.

Who’s your favorite author?

Just one? That’s mean, I can’t pick just one. I’ll list a bunch. Rainbow Rowell, Jeff Smith, Maggie Stiefvater, Naoki Urasawa, Megan Whalen Turner, Lloyd Alexander, Diana Wynne Jones, Hiromu Arakawa. I could never pick just one.

If you could meet one now-deceased author or illustrator, who would it be?

Lloyd Alexander. He’s the reason I decided to tell stories for a living, so it’d be nice to thank him. Or yell at him, whichever.

June 16, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books


Happy Book Birthday to Dominique Roques and Alexis Dormal’s delightful new picture book comic Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion!

This lovely story tells of the adventures of Anna Banana and her pet stuffed animals, who endeavor to bake a cake.  As you can see, there are exciting (and messy) times in store for them in the process.

We’re so pleased to present the second volume of Anna Banana’s adventures here!  These picture book comics are so fun and charming — we hope you enjoy them.

June 9, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books


Jack Baxter, Joshua Faudem, and Koren Shadmi’s graphic novel Mike’s Place: A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv, comes out today!

We’re so pleased to be publishing this powerful nonfiction graphic novel that takes you through the events of a terrorist bombing in Tel Aviv.  The events of this story are the actual events that happened to the author, Jack Baxter.  This graphic novel offers a unique window into current events taking place across the globe from here . . . but that have resonance and impact with our own lives.

This is a book you should definitely check out.

June 8, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

New book!

We just got advance copies of Maris Wick’s wonderful upcoming nonfiction graphic novel Human Body Theater in the office!  They look fantastic and amazing.  Bright!  Colorful!  Stuffed full of science!

Here is the cover.  You guys!  It’s a theater!  And all the body parts are the players.


We did a hardcover and a paperback version of this book — here are the two covers together.  (You’ll note that they look pretty similar.)


Here is the spine.  I love the type treatment!  And the skeleton.


Here are several spines all together — many skeletons!  Many body parts.


The front flap has a tiny brain!  You guys: it’s eating brain food.


Here’s the title page — again with the awesome body-parts title treatment.


In the beginning. . . .


Here are some more adorable (and very tiny!) body parts.


The inside back flap has an X-Ray!


And here’s the back cover.


With the hardcover edition — unlike the front cover, you’ll notice that these two look very different.


We can’t wait to share Human Body Theater with you.  This book will be in stores in October.

May 21, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

New book new book!

We’re delighted to present the second volume of our Stratford Zoo series, wherein the animal inhabitants of the Stratford Zoo perform the works of Shakespeare for their compatriots!  The first volume was Macbeth; this one is Romeo and Juliet — a tragic love story for the ages!

Aw, it’s rooster-Romeo and bear-Juliet!  What a charming book cover.


We’re doing a hardcover and a paperback edition of these books — here are the two together.  (The hardcover is on the left.)


And here are the spines, all lined up.  With a rooster on them!


And the story begins!


This is one star-crossed rooster. . . .


Aw, and look at adorable Juliet!


Here’s the hardcover and the paperback back covers together, too!


And the cover by itself!


The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Romeo and Juliet will be in stores in September!  It is now in rehearsals.

May 18, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

We’re delighted to present our latest book by Gene Luen Yang, with art by Mike Holmes: Secret Coders!  This is the first of a new series that will teach kids about how computer programming works.

How awesome is that?


We’re doing a hardcover and a paperback version of this book — here are the two together!  With robots!


And here are the spines!  (You’ll note that the spines also have robots, as they are essential for books about coding.)


Title page and dedication!


(This bird is totally winking at you in binary!)


Mike Holmes’ artwork is charming and awesome!  And the two-color art looks just great.


More binary!


And here’s the back cover of both the hardcover and paperback editions.


Secret Coders will be in stores at the end of September.  We’re super-excited!

May 14, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

New book!  We’re delighted to have in the office the companion to Nursery Rhyme Comics and Fairy Tale Comics, our multi-author anthologies for kids edited by Chris Duffy!

It’s: Fable Comics!

We love this anthology series!  It’s so great — and a wonderful introduction to comics for a really young audience.

Here’s the cover — with a wonderful portrayal of the tortoise and the hare.


And the spine!


Here are a number of spines together — and you can see the tiny tortoise on them!


Endpapers!  With fable outtakes in the circles.


Here’s the title page (so great)!


‘The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,’ by Tom Gauld.  Each fable is short — just a few pages — but they pack a lot of awesomeness into that!


Here’s ‘The Lion and the Mouse’ by R. Sikoryak!


The inside back flap!  I love these dark blue endpapers.


And the back cover, with the full author list.


All three books together!  These are such marvelous anthologies — if you haven’t checked them out, you should!


Fable Comics will be in stores at the end of October.  You should add this one to your reading list!

May 12, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books


We’re delighted to be publishing Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado’s Dragons Beware!, the companion to their debut graphic novel Giants Beware!

These two adventures are super-awesome because they’re full of great female protagonists who look and think differently from each other.  (And there’s also a boy who cookies, clearly an awesome thing.)

Put those in a medieval magical setting (with sword-fighting) and how can you resist?

We hope you enjoy these fantastic graphic novels.

Together at last!


May 11, 2015
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books

New book new book!

It’s always a good day when we get new books in the office.  And it’s an especially good day when we get new volumes of the adorable Adventures in Cartooning books in!

Here are some pictures of our upcoming picture book comic, Gryphons Aren’t So Great!  It’s the companion to Sleepless Knight, which just came out this April.

Gryphons Aren’t So Great is equally as cute as Sleepless Knight!  And it features (as you might expect) a gryphon!

Here’s the cover.


And here’s the two covers together!


Here’s the spine — with a tiny gryphon on the bottom!


And a whole bunch of spines all lined up!


The endpapers have super-cute cartooning instructions on them!


The title page (which again features a gryphon).


An interior spread!


And the back cover (with all the other books all together)!


Gryphons Aren’t So Great will be in stores in September.