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


Here at First Second, we’re very proud to be an international publisher — the publisher of many graphic novels in translation, from France to Korea.

We truly believe that the world will be better when we understand other countries, other cultures, and other people better — and what better way to do that than through books and reading?  Graphic novels can be a unique door into other peoples lives, and we’re so glad to be able to share them with you!

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


Happy Book Birthday to Faith Erin Hicks’ wonderful new graphic novel!

When our author Faith Erin Hicks started reading comics, she found and loved Jeff Smith’s Bone — and then looked for other books that had the same kind of fantasy adventure she loved in the prose writing of Tamora Pierce and Lloyd Alexander.  We’re so glad that she’s working in comics today and building up more of an audience for this kind of delightful story that there’s so much of in prose and almost none of (especially for a kids audience) in comics.

The Nameless City tells the story of friendship, and cultural change, and parkour, and figuring out your family and your society’s expectations.  It’s about two people trying to figure out their place in a changing world, and about the world that’s changing around them.  Also, there are a lot of roofs.  Lots and lots of roofs.

This book is fantastic

The Nameless City is in stores today, and we hope that you all read and enjoy it!

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


Emmanuel Guibert was on our first-ever list, with his delightful kids graphic novels Sardine in Outer Space (co-created by Joann Sfar).  And we’ve published another nine of his graphic novels throughout the years — ranging from Victorian magical adventure to war photojournalism.  Emmanuel is a wonderful person, a talented and sensitive author and illustrator, and we’re proud to publish him — and celebrate him on our anniversary

If you have yet to read a book by Emmanuel Guibert, you’ve got a lot of awesomeness in store for you!

March 29, 2016
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Books


Happy Book Birthday to our new series — Science Comics!

We’re super-excited to be publishing these books that combine science and comics in a fun, engaging, interesting kind of way.  Yay this!  We love this amazing mix of two nerdy things that go excellently together — just like peanut butter and chocolate.

Our first two books explore the world of dinosaurs (in a fantastic book by MK Reed and Joe Flood) and the world under the ocean (in a lovely book by Maris Wicks).  They are both amazing!

And more comics about science will be coming your way — we’ve got a super-cool Free Comic Book Day comic with still more science, and then in the fall, we’ll have a new full graphic novel abotu volcanoes by Jon Chad.

And even more science TK in 2017!

How cool is that?

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!