#SDCC ’16 First Second’s Gene Luen Yang: The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Gene Luen Yang: National Ambassador for Young People's Literature at SDCC '16

By: Nicholas Eskey As one of the most influential graphic novel publishers in the United States, First Second is proud to celebrate 2016 as their their 10-year anniversary. Known for publishing noteworthy stories that also spark conversations, the publisher also does well with making strong connections with their writers and artists. One such writer is […]

Jason Shiga on Mysteries, Angoulême, and Demon

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Halfway into a pleasant Oakland morning I met up up with Jason Shiga in his family home. At a nearby cafe, we talked about his recently completed comic Demon, his approaching yearlong residency in Angoulême, France, and a variety of other topics over breakfast.   Comics Beat: Right now, when people think of Jason Shiga they […]

#SDCC ’16 Special Guest Ben Hatke Talks About His Work, His Eisner Nomination, and Publisher First Second

Author and Artist Ben Hatke, protecting his bar of chocolate.

By: Nicholas Eskey During this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, writer and artist Ben Hatke is spending time with publisher First Second to help commemorate their 20th anniversary. Fortunately for me, I got a chance to sit down with Ben in the hot San Diego sun and take some time from his already busy dance card. […]

PREVIEW: Watch These Two Zoo Animals Try Their Hand at Banking in John Patrick Green’s HIPPOPOTAMISTER

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A while back, we covered the announcement of Teen Boat artist John Patrick Green’s first solo graphic novel, Hippopotamister.  Recently released by First Second Books, Hippopotamister is about two animals who decide to escape the run-down zoo they called home in order to forge better lives for themselves.  They go out into human society to look for jobs, […]

First Second Books Exposes Kids to Wonders of the Natural World in Their Free Comic Book Day Offering, SCIENCE COMICS

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Every year on the first Saturday of May, millions of people around the United States flood comic book stores for Free Comic Book Day. This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the holiday, and to celebrate, First Second Books is joining in on the festivities!

Preview: Lucy Knisley Explores Marriage in “Something New”

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Lucy Knisley is rapidly becoming a household name in the world of memoir, alternating between travelogues such as French Milk and Displacement and more thematic memoir work such as her New York Time’s Bestselling Relish and her brand new, well, Something New: Tales From a Makeshift Bride all about her experiences of getting married as well as a critique of […]