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:


DEMON Gets an Eisner!

Congratulations to author Jason Shiga and to publisher First Second for DEMON, Volume 1, which has won an Eisner Award (the most prestigious from the American comics industry) in the category Best Graphic Album, Reprint!


DEMON’s four volumes compose a high-energy thriller about a suicidal accountant who wants to die but can’t, and the unspeakable chaos and astronomical body count he leaves in his wake as he pursues his quest. (Think Groundhog Day, crossed with the Italian cult strip Squeak the Mouse, and you’ll be close.)

French (Cambourakis) and Italian (Coconino/Fandango) rights have been sold, but all other rights are still free.


INTEMPERIE Coming in English!


World English-language rights to INTEMPERIE, the award-winning graphic novel adaptation by Javi Rey of Jesus Carrasco’s powerful Spanish bestseller, have just been acquired by SelfMadeHero!

Javi Rey’s Out in the Open is a cinematic graphic novel about escaping abuse and finding humanity in a world torn apart by the violence of men.

Publication of OUT IN THE OPEN is planned for spring 2018.