PRINCE & DRESSMAKERFilm rights to Jen Wang’s THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER have gone to Universal Pictures and Marc Platt! We can’t wait to see this unusual fairy tale come to life!

The graphic novel is published in English by First Second, and translation rights have already been sold to France (Akileos – publishing on  May), Spain (the Sapristi imprint at Roca), and Italy (Bao).



All other translation rights are still free, so do contact Lora for a copy of the PDF.

(Or pick up a copy of the First Second edition at your local bookseller.)


LOVE THAT BUNCH Coming Out May 1st!

LOVE THAT BUNCHOn May 1st, Drawn & Quarterly will publish Love That Bunch, Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s unabashedly unfiltered autobiographical comics recounting the thoughts and desires of a woman coming of age in the 1960’s.






Aline will be in New York, Toronto, Montreal, and the Bay Area to promote her book. Here are the dates and locations:

Montreal – Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – 7:00pm
Toronto – Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – 7:00pm
Berkeley, CA – Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 10:00am to Sunday, April 29, 2018 – 5:00pm
Downtown Berkeley, locations TBC
San Francisco, CA – Friday, May 4, 2018 – 7:30pm
in conversation with Hillary Chute (Why Comics?)
New York, NY – Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – 7:00pm



Mermaids and Dressmakers, Gender and Fluidity

Elizabeth Bluemle — February 27th, 2018 Publishers Weekly

“I picked up a copy of Jen Wang’s charming graphic novel, The Prince and the Dressmaker (published earlier this month by First Second) before I knew anything about the subject matter. When I realized that it wasn’t a traditional fairy tale romance, that it was, in fact, about two characters who live outside the social norms, my heart beat faster with sheer joy. This was different! Hooray and hallelujah!

“The main character, Frances, is a hardworking seamstress with a flair for design. When one of her dresses steals the spotlight at an important ball, she is hired to work for a mysterious client who won’t show Frances her face. Except that the client turns out not to be a “her” at all — he is a young prince who loves high fashion and gorgeous dresses, but who must hide this side of himself to avoid disappointing his parents and his kingdom. By day, the dutiful Prince Sebastien keeps a busy schedule of meetings with princesses that his parents have arranged. By night (and occasionally in the daytime, too), he is Lady Crystallia, who causes a great stir in Paris society with her incredible style, poise, charm, and grace. But because Lady Crystallia keeps her true identity a secret, Frances is forced to keep her talent a secret, too, and the strain of that is wrenching. What’s great about this graphic novel isn’t just Prince Sebastien’s growth and self-acceptance, but also Frances’s narrative of strength: she grows increasingly confident and ambitious (in the good way), ultimately refusing to be rendered invisible. The Prince and the Dressmaker is a sweet story of self-discovery, navigating friendship, and building a life for oneself. I can’t wait to read whatever Jen Wang comes up with next. In the meantime, since I missed it the first time around, I’ll be seeking out her newly-reissued graphic novel In Real Life, co-authored with Cory Doctorow.”

Read the full article here.

SPEAK Gets TWO Starred Reviews!


Laurie Halse Anderson; Illustrator: Emily Carroll; Farrar Straus Giroux 

★ ​​”With spellbinding artwork, this exceptional adaptation masterfully does justice to its source material while adding new depth and nuance.”                                               –Booklist

 ​​”This gripping, powerful work will introduce Speak to a brand-new audience and enthrall longtime fans.”                                                                             –School Library Journal


Two from First Second Are PW Best Books of 2017!

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.


THE HUNTING ACCIDENT: Already Getting Great Reviews!

THE HUNTING ACCIDENTIt was just published by First Second, and already THE HUNTING ACCIDENT is garnering excellent reviews/

  • The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry by David L. Carlson and Landis Blair was featured in GQ Magazine online:

“One of the Best True Crime Stories of 2017 Isn’t on TV (Yet)”

  • The Hunting Accident was also reviewed and excerpted in The AV Club:

“A killer explains his philosophy in this The Hunting Accident exclusive”

  • This Chicago true crime story was also covered in a 6 page print feature in Chicago Magazine:


  • The creators were also interviewed on WBEZ Chicago “Morning Shift” in a 13 minute segment:

“Graphic Novel Tells Fascinating Tale of Robber, Writer, Father and Prison Confidant”


  • And it was also announced in Paste Magazine: