EXCLUSIVE: Brian McDonald and Toby Cypress Give Voice to the Afterlife in LAND OF THE DEAD

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The human fascination with death is as old as mankind itself.  From the Egyptians to the Greeks and from ancient myth to American Gothic stories, death has provided us with many lenses for examining life.  Today, we are pleased to announce that First Second plans to publish The Land of the Dead by writer Brian McDonald and artist Toby […]

Ben Hatke’s ZITA THE SPACEGIRL series picked up by Fox Animation

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Earlier this week, it was revealed that Fox Animation has picked up Eisner Awarding-winning writer Ben Hatke’s series Zita the Spacegirl with Chernin Entertainment to produce.  According to Deadline, screenwriters Morgan Jurgenson and Alex Ankeles are set to adapt Hatke’s graphic novels.  The story focuses on Zita, a young girl who is forced to become an intergalactic hero […]

Tonight to do: First Second’s 10th anniversary party at Mama Says Comics Rock

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We mentioned yesterday that the Brooklyn Book Festival is raging throughout the boroughs this week with a ton of Bookend Events, but the MUST DO is tonight: a party to celebrate 10 years os First Second at the newish Brooklyn comics shop Mama Says Comics Rock. Thursday, September 15 
7:00pm 
Free 
 Come join us […]

#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 […]

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

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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, […]