NYCC ’14: Paul Pope Talks Aurora West & Collaboration In His World

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by Zachary Clemente As the first day of New York Comic-Con came to close and exhibitors began shutting down their booths, I conducted my third interview with acclaimed cartoonist Paul Pope. This time we discussed his new entry in his Battling Boy series with First Second: The Rise of Aurora West, co-written by J.T. Petty and illustrated by David […]

Jen Wang Aims To Give Gaming A Real World Context For ‘In Real Life’

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By Kyle Pinion IN REAL LIFE, a graphic novel collaboration between journalist/author Cory Doctorow and comics creator Jen Wang, centers on a young gamer named Anda who becomes enraptured by an massively multiplayer online game (MMO) called “Coarsegold Online”. While logged-in, she makes new friends, including a gregarious fellow gamer named “Sarge” and a “gold-farmer” […]

David Rubín Expands the World of ‘Battling Boy’ with ‘The Rise of Aurora West’

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By Kyle Pinion and Harper Harris In one week, First Second will be producing the prequel to Paul Pope’s critically lauded and Eisner Award winning Battling Boy entitled The Rise of Aurora West. This new tale, co-written by Pope and J.T. Petty, features art by David Rubín and centers on the journey of Aurora West, daughter of […]

War gets a new look in THE DIVINE by Asaf and Tomer Hanuka and Boaz Lavie

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First Second has released the cover for a new graphic novel by Asaf and Tomer Hanuka and Boaz Lavie.

Farel Dalrymple On Crafting ‘The Wrenchies’, Contributing To ‘Prophet’, And His Career Influences

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  By Harper Harris Farel Dalrymple, best known for his work on the alternative comics series, Pop Gun War at Dark Horse and his contributions to Brandon Graham and Simon Roy’s Prophet for Image (drawing the “John Prophet with a tail” chapters) has recently received critical raves for his latest original graphic novel: The Wrenchies for […]

SDCC 14: Gene Luen Yang on the First Asian American Superhero, Faith and the East/West Dichotomy

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By Kyle Pinion Gene Luen Yang is the writer/artist of critically acclaimed graphic novels like American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, as well as the writer of Level Up, The Eternal Smile, and adaptations of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Yang’s work has been awarded with multiple Eisners including “Best New Graphic Album” for American Born Chinese […]

The cover to Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor is unveiled

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Every year seems to bring an eagerly awaited, long brewing graphic novel by an industry master — and in 2015 that book looks to be Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor, which has been in the works for years and years. It’s currently slated to be released in February, and USA Today has the first look at the cover as well as some chat from McCloud on the subject matter:

To Do Tonight May 16th: Box Brown reads Andre The Giant at Bergen Street

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I’ve been remiss in announcing localish events but there’s a good one tonight at Bergen Street Comics where Box Brown will read from Andre The Giant: Life and Legend. Deets: Friday, May 16th 8:00PM Comics Reading, Signing and Book Release with Box Brown! This Friday will see Box Brown–one of our favorite alternative cartoonists–rocking his major label debut,Andre […]

Interview: Box Brown on Andre The Giant: Life and Legend

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Standing at seven and a half feet tall, pro-wrestler Andre The Giant more than earned his title over a three-decade career which saw him wrestle in America and Japan and memorably then turn his attention to the silver screen. And this month sees the first substantive biography of André René Roussimoff published by First Second. […]

INTERVIEW: Mariko and Jillian Tamaki on ‘This One Summer’

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As Summer 2014 starts to break onto the horizon, one of the first big launches of the year sees Mariko and Jillian Tamaki working together for a new graphic novel, This One Summer, published this week through First Second. A story of two girls, Rose and Windy, This One Summer is a tale of growing […]

Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor is coming in 2015

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The NY Times has the first official look (aside from iPad sightings over the years) of Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor, his first sustained fiction in quite some time. First Second, the publisher, also sent along some into including the pub date, February 3, 2015. The story concerns an sculptor in his 20s named David Smith […]

Danica Novgorodoff on The Undertaking of Lily Chen: “I Had to Go On Quite a Journey” [Interview]

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Out today from First Second is the latest project from writer/artist Danica Novgorodoff, whose previous works included Slow Storm and Late Freeze. A slight departure from her prior stories, The Undertaking of Lily Chen follows two young characters, Deshi Li and Lily Chen, as they head away from their separate families and out into the World. A […]

First Second makes its Fall line-up official with Pope, Doctorow, Dalrymple, etc.

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First Second just sent out a reminder of its Winter Fall books and here they are, all in one place for your perusal. Everything looks good but our personal favorite is the Doctorow/Wang book, Just because it deals with such a terrific subject: a young woman who becomes a gold farmer for an online game. The […]

FIRST LOOK: Ben Hatke’s New First Second Book ‘Little Robot’

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With the final part of his ‘Zita the Spacegirl’ trilogy hitting stores in May, you might have been wondering what Ben Hatke’s next project would be. Well wonder no more! Because First Second have given The Beat a first look at his new story ‘Little Robot’, which’ll see publication in Autumn (Fal) 2015.

First Second on their picture books program

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First Second is well known for their graphic novels—many of them aimed at young readers— but in an email from markting manager Gina Gagliano, the compay laid out its plan for actual picture books, in a iece that kind of backs up what we were just saying about Reading with Pictures: Picture books are close […]

First Second Announce Graphic Novel from Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

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First Second have today announced that one of their next big projects will come from the creative team of Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, who’ll be working on an as-yet-unnamed graphic novel together. On top of this, the company have also signed Rowell for a two-book deal, meaning she’ll also have a second project […]