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 […]

NYCC ’13 Panel Recap: From Creator to Consumer

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I 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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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.

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 […]

Review: Relish- food and comics, a happy marriage

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Relish by Lucy Knisley First Second A few years ago, if you were told about the rise of the Internet and asked to predict one of the top things that people would blog and post about, can you honestly say food would have been up there as a contender? And by food, I don’t mean […]

Paul Pope’s Battling Boy is actually coming out in 2013

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Paul Pope’s long long delayed magnum opus is finally coming out this fall. EW has the cover and the scoop: First: The book. Battling Boy is set on an alternate Earth – there are countless within this Lovecraftian multiverse — that’s having of a crisis moment: Monsters from another realm are terrorizing the dystopian sprawl […]

New ASTRONAUT ACADEMY: REENTRY serialized online

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Dave Roman’s Astronaut Academy is coming back in a second graphic novel this year, called Astronaut Academy, and First Second is running it as a webcomic prior to the book release.

A fast paced manga-inspired comedy about the adventures and romances at a school for young space-farers, ASTRONAUT ACAEDMY stars a student named Hakata Soy. The story line involves some sinister romance:

Becky Cloonan working on a book for First Second

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We nearly forgot to mention the newsiest item from First Second publisher Mark Siegel’s diary: Becky Cloonan is working on a book for First Second! Cause to celebrate! I just got off the phone with Becky Cloonan’s agent Judy Hansen—we’re going ahead with a most EXCITING project, about which I’ll say no more! Glimpse sketches […]