Graphic Novel News from First Second

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There’s a lot happening, so this is long!

CHECK, PLEASE! by Ngozi Ukazu is garnering major media buzz, with more to CHECK PLEASEcome!

NPR Books says, “With Bitty’s ever-contagious optimism and Ukazu’s sprightly drawings, life inside this soap bubble is as nice as it should be everywhere else.” Read the full review here.

Den of Geek calls CHECK, PLEASE! “endlessly delightful.” Read the full review here.

The Mary Sue calls CHECK, PLEASE! “amazing [and] refreshing.” Read the full feature here.




BE PREPAREDBE PREPARED by Vera Brosgol won “Best Graphic Novel” in Parents magazine’s “15 Best Children’s Books 2018”

Spanish-language rights in Latin America sold to Panamericana Editorial. French rights sold to Rue de Sèvres.

Nominated for Best Graphic Novel for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards.

Spanish rights to Vera Brosgol’s previous, Eisner-winning title, ANYA’S GHOST, have been renewed to Norma Editorial, and Rue de Sèvres will republish it in French in 2020.



BEST FRIENDS, the sequel to REAL FRIENDS, will be published in August 2019!BEST FRIENDS


Additionally, Shannon Hale just wrote a guest piece for The Washington Post (UVM: 43,925,810 – Circ: 500,000) about gendered reading that prominently featured REAL FRIENDS, for both online (Oct 10) and print (Oct 15, attached).








TIGER VS. NIGHTMARE by Emily Tetri included in the Winter 2018-2019 Kids’ Indie Next List.

French rights have gone to Casterman.








The New York Times Book Review ran a fantastic review of SCARLETT HART: MONSTER HUNTER is their October 28th issue: “Young readers will find Scarlett aspirational. She’s brave, but not unafraid. She’s bold, but no arrogant. She also has an amazing talent, which I confess I envy…”







THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER (review), and and ON A SUNBEAM (review, PW talks with Tillie Walden)



were chosen for Publishers Weekly Best of Books 2018 young adult list.




THE ADVENTURE ZONE by Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch was nominated for Best Graphic Novel for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards.









SCIENCE COMICS: THE BRAINThe Ultimate Thinking Machine

Science Comics - THE BRAIN

★ “A particularly well-executed and thought-provoking installment in this reliable nonfiction series.” –Booklist, starred review









HAWKING by Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Lelan Myrick: Italian rights sold to BAO Publishing, French rights to Vuibert, and Spanish rights  to Norma Editorial







and, finally:

SPILL ZONE Volume 1 by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Alex Puvilland: Spanish-language rights in Latin America sold to Panamericana Editorial.SPILL ZONE Book 1

PW Best Books of 2018 Lists

Best Books of the Year Lists, Comics and Graphic Novels

Publishers Weekly have published their Best Books of 2018 lists, and three graphic novels from our clients are on the YA list!

In alphabetical order, they are:


HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Graphix) – also a National Book Award finalist.








ON A SUNBEAM by Tillie Walden (First Second).













Congratulations to the authors and their publishers for these great books!


Everyone Likes a Fart!

Awards, Best Books of the Year Lists, Bestsellers, Children's Fiction

NO ONE LIKES A FART Picture Book of the Year

NO ONE LIKES A FART by Zoe Foster Blake (Penguin Random House Australia) has just been chosen Children’s Picture Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards 2018!

Penguin have sold over 60,000 copies in Australia alone since publication – it’s the fastest selling picture book in the history of Bookscan Australia!

North American rights have been sold to Penguin Workshop, and Japanese rights to Alphapolis.


Two from First Second Are PW Best Books of 2017!

Best Books of the Year Lists, Comics and Graphic Novels

Publishers Weekly just published their Best Books of the Year lists, and First Second has not one, but two books on the lists! (And they are the only graphic novels on the children’s lists, by the way.)

On the Middle Grade list is REAL FRIENDS by Shannon Hale and illustrated  by LeUyen Pham.real-friends

Italian rights have already been sold (to Il Castoro), but French, Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese rights are still free.





And making the Young Adult list was SPINNING by Tillie Walden.

spinningSo far, we’ve sold translation rights to this excellent coming of age story to France (Gallimard), Spain (La Cupula), and Italy (Mondadori).

Dutch and Portuguese rights are still available.


SPEAK GIGANTULAR on Jhalak Prize Shortlist!

Adult Fiction, Best Books of the Year Lists

SPEAK GIGANTULAR by Irenosen Okojie (Jacaranda Books) is on the shortlist for the first Jhalak Prize for a Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour!

Described by chair of judges Sunny Singh as showcasing “the variety, scope, depth, and literary excellence to be found amongst writers of colour in Britain today,” the shortlist consists of fiction, YA, non-fiction, debuts and short stories.

Read the complete article here.

It’s “Best Books of the Year” Time

Adult Fiction, Best Books of the Year Lists, Bestsellers

And JERUSALEM is getting selected!

The latest list being NPR’s: NPR Best Books of 2016 JERUSALEM review.




“Alan Moore (the groundbreaking, hairy, British genius behind V for Vendetta and Watchmen) spent 10 years pecking away at this Really Big Book — a nearly 1,300-page masterpiece of ambition and focus in which the only character that really matters is the place where it’s set: a half-mile-square patch of working-class Northampton, England, known as the Boroughs. Sure, other characters show up. There are angels and prostitutes, James Joyce and Oliver Cromwell, the plain and the famous. But they are all temporary. The Boroughs is eternal. And Moore chronicles it all in a novel that is insane in the best possible way; which reads in its best moments like a bedtime story for the overeducated and verbose, and in its worst like a wild, boundless experiment in the extremes of modern storytelling.”

–Jason Sheehan, book critic