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 […]

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

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Tweet 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 […]

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

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Tweet 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. […]

First Second announces Winter 2014 line-up

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TweetFirst 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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Tweet 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. […]

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.