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 […]

Webcomic alert: The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew

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The Shadow Hero is a graphic novel due later this year from the team of Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew that reimagines the actual comic book hero The Green Turtle—one of the first American comics to have an Asian-American creator. But before they completed the graphic novel, Yang and Liew created a short origin […]

Farel Dalrymple’s The Wrenchies is coming this fall

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The beautiful, complex art of Farel Dalrymple has been missing from the shelves in a major way for a while. His Popgun War was exquisite, and his adaptation of Omega the Unknown with Jonathan Lethem would be a comics classic if it were kept in print. Luckily, the Dalrymple Drought is about to end with […]

Editorial: Original Graphic Novels Are Good Business

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by Gina Gagliano [Last week we ran a piece asking for comic shop retailers to weigh in on the relative merits of periodical comics vs original graphic novels. Although the serial nature and rolling monetization model of periodicals was praised, we still live in a world where there are a lot of doe-in-one graphic novels. […]

Andre the Giant has a graphic novel — and now a cover

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Box Brown’s Andre the Giant: Life and Legend GN bio promises to be a sympathetic look at one of the greatest sports entertainment personalities of all times, and the cover has just been released over on Grantland, which also interviews Brown: In many ways, we all have extraordinary circumstances thrust upon us in life and […]

Gene Luen Yang is a National Book Award Finalist again for Boxers and Saints

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It’s a double dip for Gene Luen Yang today, as his two volume Boxers and Saints—an intertwined graphic novel telling the story of the China’s Boxer Rebellion from the POVs of two different teenagers—has made the list of finalists for the National Book Awards, which will be presented on November 20. Yang was nominated—as he […]

THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew reveals a revamped Green Turtle

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Gene Luen Yang is riding high right now with his excellent two-volume BOXERS & SAINTS getting great reviews and a shortlist for the National Book Award. And of course once one book comes out, everyone wants to know what’s next. In Yang’s Case it’s THE SHADOW HERO, which will be drawn by Sonny Liew. So […]

First Second announces Winter 2014 line-up

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First Second released some news about their Winter 2013-14 titles, including paperback editions for Sailor Twain and Baby’s in Black, and some new books as well, including a new book by the very Talented Danica Novgorodoff, whom we haven’t heard from in a while. Here’s the line-up: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, by James […]

First Second announces second Delilah Dirk book

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Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, a stylish romp by Tony Cliff was just released this week. The graphic novel, published by First Second, follows Delilah Dirk a 19th century swordmaster with a larcenous streak on her delicious adventures—it was first a webcomic then a printed book. A little Flashman, a little Adele Blanc Sec, a little Indiana Jones.

Paul Pope’s Battling Boy trailer debuts

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Battling Boy is one of the year’s major releases, a long brewing hero’s journey accompanied by some of the most spectacular work of Paul Pope’s career. Boing Boing jus debuted the trailer and a 10 page preview. While book trailers are often shorter motion comics, BB work’s pretty well for the limited animation style. Battling […]

SDCC ’13: Comic-Con In Booth Signing Schedules—from Archie to Zenescope — UPDATE

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Here’s a list of the creators and artists signing at individual booths — we’ll update it as we go so please send us updates.

What is Paul Pope reading?

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I love this little feature that Shelf Awareness do, asking artists about what they’re currently reading and the books that have had an impact on their lives. I always like to hear about what comics people are reading anyway, but I mostly love this because the interviewees give their reply in illustrated form, which makes […]

Pre-order Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong and win signed comics, art & more!

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Publishers First Second currently have a fun and creative pre-order campaign for the print release of Faith Erin Hicks and Prudence Shen’s Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. It’s a tiered reward incentive model, with prizes including  not only signed copies of the book itself, but a host of other great First titles, a personalised sketch by […]

Cartoonists coming to a town near you: Knisley, Hernandez, Shaw, Hanawalt, Katin

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We’d like to remind you that a number of fantastic cartoonists are on tour either at the moment or upcoming soon this Spring. We’ve posted their schedules previously but here’s a quick catch-up on who’s where. Get out and support your local (or visiting) cartoonist! Lucy Knisley Gibert Hernandez Tuesday April 16th, 7 pm NEW […]

Preview: Sonny Liew’s and Gene Luen Yang’s retro superhero book

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Over at his blog, Sonny Liew’s been posting some lettered pages from his as yet untitled upcoming book with Gene Luen Yang for First Second, and it looks pretty great, particularly that 50’s inspired pulpy cover. As a fan of Liew’s work, I’ve been keeping up with this project for a while, (although aware of […]