BE PREPARED Wins Again!

UN ETE D’ENFER, the French edition of Vera Brosgol’s hilarious graphic novel, has won the Prix Bédélys Jeunesse for graphic novels for 7-12-year-olds in Quebec! (The jury is made up of young readers from the libraries in the City of Montreal.)

Comics Relief Festival This Saturday!

Saturday, 18 April (17.00 to 23.00 European time) Join us for Comics Relief: A First Second Festival—our first ever virtual festival—taking place on Saturday, April 18th from 11am – 5pm ET. Have you always wondered how your favorite comics are made? This free virtual festival will give comics fans an in-depth look at the key…

Yet Another Award for LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME!

The First Second title, LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME, by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell just keeps racking up awards! It has just been named as a special mention honoree in the Young Adult category of the inaugural 2020 BolognaRagazzi Comics Award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair! Congratulations to all…

Great News from First Second!

The Best Books of 2019 lists are coming out, and there are First Second titles on most of them!  Parent’s Magazine Best Kids’ Books of 2019 and Publishers Weekly Best of Books 2019 THIS WAS OUR PACT 2019 Yalsa Teen’sTop Ten List: SPEAK: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL and THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER Publisher’s Weekly Best…

Jen Wang Wins Another Prize!

Jen Wang’s graphic novel El Principe y la Modista (THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER) has just been named 2019 Book of the Year by the Madrid booksellers!   Congratulations go to Jen and to her Spanish publisher, Sapristi!  

Sad News

We usually only post good news about our clients – sales, awards, bestsellers, etc. – but this is the saddest news we have ever received, and we felt obliged to share it. Ida Hatke, the youngest daughter of ZITA THE SPACEGIRL and MIGHTY JACK author Ben Hatke, was killed in a tragic accident last month….

The Crumbs in Denmark

Robert and Aline Crumb attended the Louisiana Literature festival in Denmark at the end of August, and they had a great time. Here is an official photo from the festival. (That really is the sea behind them, not a green screen.) Photo credit Klaus Holsting (klausholsting@gmail.com) And here are a few (less professional) photos by…

Three Ignatz Awards for LAURA DEAN!

Hats off to Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (First Second) by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell for winning three Ignatz Awards at SPX 2019 last weekend!   It won both for “Outstanding Story” and “Outstanding Graphic Novel” and illustrator Valero-O’Connell won the award for “Outstanding Artist”.

A STUCK RUBBER BABY 25th Anniversary Edition Is Coming in 2020!

In May 2020, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its first publication, First Second will re-publish Howard Cruse’s award-winning STUCK RUBBER BABY. There will be a new cover, plus additional front- and back-matter to make this a must-have edition. Howard Cruse’s career as an underground cartoonist was launched during the 1970s, and in 1980 he…

THE SEVENTH VOYAGE Is Coming Soon!

Jon J Muth’s adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s classic short story, THE SEVENTH VOYAGE, is coming out on 1 October in the Graphix list from Scholastic. Neil Gaiman calls it ” An extremely funny, beautifully paced story of timey-wimey disaster and attempted rescue –  and the perils of interaction with that most terrible of people –…