First Second announces Winter ’15 slate with McCloud, Hosler, Watson, Sturm and more

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TweetCOMICS! remember that? First Second has announced its Winter ’15 slate, which includes not only the LONG AWAITED new book by Scott McCloud, but new books by Jay Hosler, James Sturm, Andi Watson and the English language debut of Bastian Vives’ very popular (on the continent) Last Man series. And the next volume in George O’Conner’s […]

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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Tweet 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 […]

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

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TweetStanding 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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TweetAs 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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Tweet 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 […]

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

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TweetOut 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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TweetFirst 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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TweetWith 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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Tweet 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 […]

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

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TweetFirst 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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Tweet 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 […]

Farel Dalrymple’s The Wrenchies is coming this fall

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Tweet 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 […]

Editorial: Original Graphic Novels Are Good Business

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Tweet 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 […]

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

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Tweet 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 […]

NYCC ’13 Panel Recap: From Creator to Consumer

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TweetI have a number of panel recaps to write up for you all, so you should expect them to occupy the next few days on the site – and we start with a panel from the ICv2 conference held before the convention opened. Called ‘Comics First!’, the majority of the focus of the conference was […]