We all know the game “Tetris.” It’s addictive and embedded in the halls of video game history. Did you know though that it originated from Russia? How about that near the pinnacle of its popularity, it became entangled in a controversy that eventually escalated into an international incident? Published by First Second, Box Brown’s graphic […]
Hilarious in execution, serious in subject matter, irreverent to human life, and an homage to various science fiction tropes; This only scratches the surface of what comprises Demon. Broken up into four books, this lengthy comic by writer and artist Jason Shiga and published by First Second touches on everything from scientific imaginings to questions […]
Science Comics: Dinosaurs is up for the Eisner award for Best Publication for Kids (9-12).
In the week leading up to the 2017 Will Eisner Awards voting deadline this Friday, the Comics Beat will feature a series of “For Your Consideration” posts highlighting a number of the nominees as a celebration of their well-deserved acknowledgement. We’ll feature some never-before-seen behind the scenes content and some of the books’ gorgeous interiors. […]
A fascinating, multifacted gem of a comic that is up for the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Work. The book’s creator, Box Brown, is up for the Best Writer/Artist award.
First Second, publishers of “great graphic novels for every reader”, have just released today the story of Spill Zone. Written by New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld and illustrated by Alex Puvilland, this graphic novel follows that of a young woman named Addison who must provide for herself and her younger sister ever since […]
STORY: MARK LONG & JIM DEMONAKOS ART: NATE POWELL PUBLISHER: FIRST SECOND In the Bible, from the Book of Leviticus particularly, there is a particularly haunting yet aspirational line that reads: “You will not stand idly by the blood of your fellow” (19:16). It is a juxtaposing phrase, placed among a variety of dictums towards leading […]
Adam Rapp and Mike Cavallaro’s graphic novel, Decelerate Blue, published by First Second couldn’t have been released at a more opportune time. Dystopian stories are seeing a renewed rise in interest lately, of which I personally believe can be thanked to the U.S.’s current political state of affairs. Just last month, Amazon reported a rise […]
Recently, Battling Boy and The Sculptor publisher First Second announced the launch of a new e-newsletter. The publication will feature a variety of comics recommendations, a list of convention appearances, and updates on office happenings and upcoming titles. Most excitingly, the newsletter will also exclusive comics from First Second’s roster of creators. The newsletter is currently slated to […]
For the sixth year in a row, The Beat is proud to present the Comics Industry Person of the Year, as chosen by voters in our annual creator survey: Gene Luen Yang. The the Team of the year: Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.