Interview: Cracking Secret Coders, Balancing Education and Entertainment, and What’s Next for Eisner Winner Gene Luen Yang


Gene Luen Yang, multiple Eisner winner and National Book Award finalist, has released his latest work for younger readers, a collaboration with Adventure Time artist Mike Holmes entitled Secret Coders. This exciting new volume from First Second, the home of Yang’s award-winning American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero, centers on a young […]


First Second to publish Drew Weing’s The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo


As the recent visit to the Small Press Expo showed, there is no shortage of supremely talented cartoonists out there. And the folks at First Second are taking full advantage of this by scooping them up. The latest is Drew Weing whose webcomic The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo will be published next year. Geek Dad has details and an interview. Weing (Set to Sea) has been publishing the comic online since 2014; the print edition comes out in September 2016. It’s lovely charming and spooky.


Interview: Ben Hatke meditates on friendship in newest graphic novel, Little Robot

Little Robot

Renowned for his wonderful children’s series, Zita the Space Girl and last year’s Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, Ben Hatke is one of the leading talents in young person’s graphic literature. His latest effort, Little Robot, which releases in stores today, tells the tale of a young girl who discovers a robot in the woods. […]


Exclusive: ‘The Well’ by Jake Wyatt and F. Choo is coming from First Second in 2018


It’s been thirteen years since the disappearance of the ogre that attacked the village of Aragon, where a young witch named Lizzy was raised; and thirteen years since her parents, a woodcutter and a powerful witch, set off to defeat it and were never seen again. Now, Lizzy lives with her Grams in a small […]


SDCC ’15: Asaf Hankua & Boaz Lavie Talk Masculinity, Fatherhood, and Endless War in ‘The Divine’


The Divine is a new graphic novel published by First Second created by illustrators Asaf Hanuka (The Realist), Tomer Hanuka (Placebo Man), and writer Boaz Lavie. Asaf and Boaz reside in Tel Aviv, Israel while Tomer lives in New York City. On a hectic Thursday afternoon, I was fortunate to talk to Boaz and Asaf about their new book – unfortunately Tomer was unavailable.


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


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 […]


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


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


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!


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 […]


MoCCA Debuts from BIrdcage Bottom Books to Youth in Decline


It’s time for our annual look at some of the comics coming out for this weekend’s MoCCA Festival, being held this year at Center 548, is located at 548 W. 22nd Street, just off the Westside Highway, with programming at the High Line Hotel on West 20th Street and 10th Avenue. And here’s the books […]


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

Image Courtesy First Second Books

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 […]


Exclusive Trailer Reveal: Jack Baxter, Joshua Faudem, and Koren Shadmi’s Mike’s Place weaves a tale of perseverance in the face of on-going conflict


An Exclusive first-look at the trailer for Mike’s Place, available from First Second in June


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


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


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


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


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