SDCC ’15: What’s In A Page Panel w/Hanuka, Steinke, McCloud, & Yang Breaks Down Secrets

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By Victor Van Scoit A great comic book let’s your brain relax and enjoy as you take in each page of the story. You’re not trying to figure out which panel to read next, or be taken out of the story unexpectedly. Instead the creator has made choices in storytelling that take you smoothly through […]

SDCC ’15 Interview: Mariko Tamaki talks about “This One Summer”

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By Nick Eskey Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian born artist of mixed Japanese and Jewish descent. In school she studied literature and writing, later on publishing the book “Cover Me,” as well as graphic novels “Skim” and “Emiko Superstar.”  Her recent work is another graphic novel entitled “This One Summer.” Jillian Tamaki, Mariko’s cousin, did […]

Interview: Bryan Hill in Conversation with Former Batman Editor Joseph Illidge

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By Bryan Hill I met Joseph Illidge in 2002, before I wrote my first comic book. That year was a lot of me listening to his experience as a writer, filmmaker and comic book editor — and a few arguments about which Frank Miller work was the best, who would you rather have a pint […]

First Second’s The Divine to Debut with Art Exhibition

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These days, rarely do I look at an illustrator’s portfolio and outright gasp.  It’s not that I’m necessarily jaded– I recognize and appreciate all the great art that comics illustrators put out every week.  However, it takes a lot more than it used to to truly astound me. Tomer Hanuka’s portfolio astounds me. On July 17th, […]

First Second Announces Pashima, a YA Bildungsroman that Seeks to Change the Way You See India

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Today, cartoonist Nidhi Chanani announced that her first graphic novel, Pashima, has been picked up by First Second to be released in 2017.  Pashima is the story of a Indian-American girl named Priyanka Das who lives in Orange County and seeks to reconnect with her mother’s Indian roots.  She finds a pashima shawl that whisks […]

Interview: Jack Baxter returns to Tel Aviv for Mike’s Place

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By Cal Cleary Jack Baxter, an American filmmaker, went to Israel in 2003 to make a documentary. When his initial subject fell through, he found a new story in the form of Mike’s Place, a Tel Aviv blues bar where people from all over could meet in peace amidst all the turmoil. There, he met […]

Interview: Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre Create Sequel to Beloved Giants Beware!

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By Harper W. Harris The first book in The Chronicles of Claudette, Giants Beware! was quite well received; in fact, it earned the creators several awards, including the Cybils Award for Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels. The book, and its new follow up, Dragons Beware!, follow the courageous and battle hungry Claudette, her brother and culinary […]

Interview: Penelope Bagieu Kills With Her Graphic Novel “Exquisite Corpse”

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Penelope Bagieu is a French illustrator who over the last ten years has become more involved in making comics and graphic novels. Some of her works include Josephine, Not Bad, White Page, and Stars of the Stars. She also has a comic blog, My Life Is Quite Fascinating, where she portrays everyday life in a humorous light.

Jay Hosler Interview: Comics are the “most powerful” medium for teaching

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In Last of the Sandwalkers, Eisner nominee Jay Hosler combines his love of comics with his academic background in biological sciences and teaching.  The result is a graphic novel aimed at students, ages 10-14, that has the intellectual weight to interest a much wider audience. Tackling themes like creationism vs. evolution, space exploration, and more, Last of […]

Interview: Balak, Bastien Vivès, and Michaël Sanlaville bring the award-winning Last Man to the states

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An interview with the winners of this year’s Prix de la Serie at Angoulême

Interview: James Kochalka conjures up the latest adventure of The Glorkian Warrior

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In anticipation of this week’s new release, The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie, we chat with its creator

Robert Kondo and Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi team up with First Second to further explore the world of The Dam Keeper

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The celebrated Oscar-nominated animated short will live on in graphic novel form next year

Exclusive: Guillaume Singelin’s PTSD to be released by First Second in Winter 2017

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Announcing the newest graphic novel from one of comics’ rising talents

Interview: Andi Watson crafts up a monstrous three courses with Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula

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An interview on Watson’s newest graphic novel

Sony nabs feature film rights for Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor

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One of the year’s early critical hits is going to going to be a major motion picture

Mariko and Jillian Tamaki on This One Summer winning the Caldecott and Printz Honors

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The Canadian cousins discuss their recent historic wins