Graphic Novel News from First Second

And the rights go to, Awards, Best Books of the Year Lists, Comics and Graphic Novels

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!


New from First Second: LAST PICK by Jason Walz

Comics and Graphic Novels, Just out, News and reviews


An alien abduction has left behind only those younger than sixteen, older than sixty-five, or too “disabled” to work. In other words, people who weren’t a threat—until now. Twins Sam and Wyatt are ready to chuck their labels, break free from their captors, and inspire others to do the same. It’s time for “the last picked” to step into the game.

Vivid world-building and a fast-paced adventure mix in a beautiful story of sibling devotion. With humor and action, Last Pick shares an empowering message about the dangers of labeling and writing people off.

(First of three books with book 2 in Fall 2019.)


★”A masterful sci-fi tale with relatable characters, skillful worldbuilding, and cinematically designed illustrations that convey his message.”Kirkus Review, starred review

★”Strong character development, atmospheric art, villainous aliens, snappy banter, cheerworthy protagonists, and well-executed suspense should give this lots of broad appeal.” Booklist, starred review


Jason Walz’s debut graphic novel Homesick, was nominated for an Eisner in 2014.

The full PDF is available now.



KID GLOVES Is Coming Soon!

Comics and Graphic Novels

Lucy Knisley, author of RELISH: MY LIFE IN THE KITCHEN,  has captured a toddler tantrum perfectly!

Lucy Knisley - Toddler tantrum

“I took my kid to get a haircut last weekend. I think, in time, I’ll recover.”

She knows what she’s talking about. Her new moving, hilarious, and surprisingly informative book about pregnancy and motherhood, KID GLOVES: NINE MONTHS OF CAREFUL CHAOS, is coming from First Second in February 2019.


Italian rights have already gone to Rizzoli.