January 9, 2018
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books

Happy book birthday to The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell!

This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1967 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.

January 8, 2018
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Uncategorized

We are so excited that all of the covers for our Fall 2018 books have been revealed! We didn’t want you to miss any, so we’re posting them all here.

Check out the official reveal here.

Kitten Construction Company: Meet the House Kittens by John Patrick Green, out 9/4/2018!

Castle in the Stars: The Moon King by Alex Alice, out 9/4/2018!

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall by Drew Weing, out 9/11/2018!

Check Please: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu, out 9/18/2018!

Science Comics: Solar System by Rosemary Mosco and Jon Chad, out 9/18/2018!

Monk! by Youssef Daoudi, out 9/25/2018!

The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks, out 9/25/2018!

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden, out 10/2/2018!

Secret Coders: Monsters & Modules by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes, out 10/2/2018!

The Zita Trilogy Boxed Set by Ben Hatke, out 10/9/2018!

Cucumber Quest: The Flower Kingdom by Gigi D.G., out 10/9/2018!

Last Pick by Jason Walz, out 10/9/2018!

Science Comics: The Brain by Tory Woollcott and Alex Graudins, out 10/16/2018!

Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon, by Aaron Renier, out 10/23/2018!

Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda by J.P. Stassen, out 11/6/2018!

Tiger vs Nightmare by Emily Tetri, out 11/6/2018!



November 7, 2017
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books

Happy book birthday to the forth and last book in the grotesque and wonderful Demon series, Demon Volume 4 by Jason Shiga. Reminder:  Jason’s four-volume epic is NOT for kids. SERIOUSLY.

Demon follows Jimmy Yee, a man who cannot die, no matter how hard he tries. Although he’s seemingly immortal, Jimmy’s real super power is his brain. He’s a highly analytical mathematical genius, and he has no qualms about leaving a massive bodycount behind as he attempts to unravel this bizarre mystery.

November 7, 2017
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books

Happy Book Birthday to Cici’s Journal by Joris Chamblain and Aurélie Neyret!

Cici dreams of being a novelist. Her favorite subject: people, especially adults. She’s been watching them and taking notes. Cici’s Journal is interwoven with journal notes, scrapbook pieces, and doodles, Cici assembles clues about the odd and wonderful people she’s uncovered, even as she struggles to understand the mundane: her family and friends.

October 31, 2017
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books

Happy book birthday to Science Comics: Dogs by Andy Hirsch!

In this volume we follow an adorable Cocker Jack named Rudy on a exciting trip to the dog park. There he introduces us to to his friends and works through key scientific principles from Gregory Mendel, Charles Darwin, and Dmitir Belyaev to explain dog taxonomy, origin, genetic makeup, and much more!

October 24, 2017
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books

Happy book birthday to Head Games by Craig McDonald and Kevin Singles!

Aging crime novelist Hector Lassiter thought that his adventures were long behind him. But then he’s delivered a treasure worth killing for: the skull of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. Join him as he makes a mad dash across the American southwest.!

Originally published as an Edgar-nominated novel, this adaptation is brought to life with beautiful two-color art reminiscent of the classic era of pulp fiction.

October 24, 2017
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books

Happy book birthday to Pele by Eddy Simon and Vincent Brascaglia!

Known by his fans as “O Rei” (The King), Pelé is  widely regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time. But he’s more than just an athlete: he also traveled the world as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Pelé is the living symbol of a sport he dubbed “the beautiful game”—a game that brings people together regardless of race or nationality.I n the graphic novel Pele: The King of Soccer, Eddy Simon and Vincent Brascaglia beautifully depict Pele’s rise from the slums of Brazil to the national stage.

October 10, 2017
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books

Happy book birthday to Cast No Shadow by Nick Tapalansky and Anissa Espinosa!

Greg is new to Lancaster, but he can already tell things aren’t all right in this quiet, gloomy little town. When Greg finds a creepy abandoned house in the center of town, he thinks maybe he’s getting closer to Lancaster’s secret. But the ghost of a beautiful teenage girl haunting the house is more than Greg bargained for. Before he knows it, Greg’s in love . . . with a dead girl.



October 10, 2017
Posted by: Kiara Valdez
Categories: Books

Happy book birthday to Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G.!

Join nerdy magician Cucumber and his feisty knight-in-training little sister, Almond, as they set out to retrieve the Dream Sword, the only weapon powerful enough to defeat Evil Queen Cordelia’s Nightmare Knight. Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom is the first of a series of delightfully pun-filled middle grade graphic novel that anyone would love!

October 4, 2017
Posted by: Gina Gagliano
Categories: Uncategorized

Are you going to be at NYCC this year? Well, so are we! Check out everything we’re doing in booth and which panels our creators will be at. Don’t forget to stop by booth #2239 and say hello!


9:00 am – Talking About Tough Topics in YA Comics panel with Laurie Halse Anderson and Ngozi Ukazu, interviewed by Heidi MacDonald at NYPL Bryant Park in the Celeste Auditorium

10:15 am – The Decade in Comics panel with First Second Staff at NYPL Bryant Park in the Berger Room

11:00 am – Educator giveaway in booth #2239

11:30 am – Girl Power Comics panel with Nidhi Chanani and First Second Stagg at NYPL Bryant Park in the Celeste Auditorium

1:15 pm – French Comics Kiss Better: Bande Dessinée 101 with Pénélope Bagieu at NYPL

1:15 pm – Handling Challenges panel with First Second Staff in NYPL Classrooms A&B

1:30 pm – Cucumber Quest signed copies sale in booth #2239

2:00 pm – Jorge Aguirre signing in booth #2239

2:15 pm – Author Speed-Dating with Scott Westerfeld, Sara Varon, Jerel Dye, and George O’Connor at NYPL Bryan Park

2:30 pm – Spill Zone Free Comic Book Day comics in booth #2239

2:45 pm – The Representation Book Shelf: Building A More Diverse Comics Classroom with Ngozi Ukazu, Jorge Aguirre, and First Second Staff in room 1B03

3:30 pm – Molly Ostertag signing in booth #2239

3:45 pm – Educator Meetup: A Gathering of Educators and Comics Industry Professionals with Sara Varon, Jorge Aguirre, John Patrick Green, George O’Connor, and Nidhi Chanani in the Javits Meeting Room

4:00 pm – Jay Hosler signing in booth #2239

5:00 pm – Ali Wilgus and Molly Brooks signing in booth #2239

5:30 pm – George O’Connor and Sara Varon signing in booth #2239

6:30 pm – Content Literacy: Teaching STEM with Comics with Alison Wilgus, Molly Brooks, Joe Flood, and Jay Hosler in room 1B03


10:30 am – The Adventure Zone: Abra-ka-Graphic Novel with The Zone Cast and Carey Pietsch at Hudson Mercantile (Please note the first 75 people in line will receive tickets to the Adventure Zone Meet n’ Greet)

10:30 am – Bryan Konietzko signing in booth #2239

11:00 am – Behind the Scenes: Designing Comics with First Second Staff in room 1B03

11:30 am – The Adventure Zone Meet N’ Greet in booth #2239

12:15 pm – Illustrated Narrative Embraces and Enhances the Real World with David Carlson, Landis Blair, and Laurie Halse Anderson in room 1A18

12:30 pm – Nidhi Chanani signing in booth #2239

1:30 pm – David Carlson, Landis Blair, and Laurie Halse Anderson signing in Autographing Area Table 23

1:30 pm – WNDB Presents: Spring Awakening—Diversity in Coming-of-Age Comics & Graphic Novels with Nidhi Chanani, Ngozi Ukazu, Jorge Aguirre, Molly Ostertag and First Second Staff in room 1A18

1:30 pm – Pénélope Bagieu signing in booth #2239

2:00 pm – Science Comics Live Drawing with Molly Brooks, John Patrick Green, and Joe Flood in Family HQ

3:30 pm – Joe Flood signing in booth #2239

4:30 pm – John Patrick Green signing in booth #2239


11:30 am – Nidhi Chanani signing in booth #2239

1:30 pm – Nick Abadzis and Jerel Dye signing in booth #2239

2:00 pm – Comics: Feeding Your Kid’s Inner Mad Scientist with Creatures, Blueprints, and Brews to Make Their Minds Curdle panel with Joe Flood in Family HQ

3:30 pm – David Carlson and Landis Blair signing in booth #2239

5:30 pm – The Prince and the Dressmaker giveaway in booth #2239


10:45 am – Advice to Young Writers and Illustrators panel with Nick Abadzis, Nidhi Chanani, Scott Westerfeld, and Emily Carroll in room 1B03

11:00 am – Reading Without Walls giveaway in booth #2239

12:00 pm – Scott Westerfeld signing in booth #2239

1:15 pm – A Fantastic Assortment of Fantasy with Molly Ostertag and Nidhi Chanani in Room 1A18

1:30 pm – I Heart YA Graphic Novels Tattoo Giveaway in booth #2239

3:30 pm – Cici’s Journal Giveaway in booth #2239

3:45 pm – Ready for Adventure? Action (and Romance) Packed YA / All-Ages Comics with Ngozi Ukazu, Nidhi Chanani, and Scott Westerfeld in room 1A05