ABOUT FIRST SECOND BOOKS

About First Second Books

ABOUT FIRST SECOND

First Second Books is a graphic novel publisher located in New York City. We publish graphic novels in every genre and for readers of all ages. Our graphic novels are available online, in libraries, in comic book shops, and wherever books are sold.

Led by Editorial & Creative Director Mark Siegel and Editorial Director Calista Brill, each of our graphic novels is the work of an army of creators, editors, designers and editorial staff.

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ABOUT FIRST SECOND

First Second Books is a graphic novel publisher located in New York City. We publish graphic novels in every genre and for readers of all ages. Our graphic novels are available online, in libraries, in comic book shops, and wherever books are sold.

Led by Editorial & Creative Director Mark Siegel and Editorial Director Calista Brill, each of our graphic novels is the work of an army of creators, editors, designers and editorial staff.

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MEET THE TEAM

Mark Siegel
Mark SiegelEditorial & Creative Director
Works on: Graphic novels only—all age categories, children, teen, adult.

Looking for: Ambitious storytelling and nonfiction.

Recent Titles: This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki; Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Alex Puvilland; The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi; California Dreamin’ by Pénélope Bagieu.

Calista Brill
Calista BrillEditorial Director
Works on: Graphic novels for readers of all ages.

Looking for: Adult literary fiction and nonfiction; children’s fiction and nonfiction.

Recent Titles: The Nameless City trilogy by Faith Erin Hicks; The Divine by Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka, and Boaz Lavie; Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green.

Kirk Benshoff
Kirk BenshoffArt Director
Works on: Graphic novels (for children, teen, adult) and picture books.

Looking for: Original and new art styles that go out on a limb.

Recent Titles: Dragon Hoops by Gene Yang, Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse, Child Star by Brian “Box” Brown, World Citizen Line.

MEET THE TEAM

Mark Siegel
Mark SiegelEditorial & Creative Director
Works on: Graphic novels only—all age categories, children, teen, adult.

Looking for: Ambitious storytelling and nonfiction.

Recent Titles: This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki; Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Alex Puvilland; The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi; California Dreamin’ by Pénélope Bagieu.

Calista Brill
Calista BrillEditorial Director
Works on: Graphic novels for readers of all ages.

Looking for: Adult literary fiction and nonfiction; children’s fiction and nonfiction.

Recent Titles: The Nameless City trilogy by Faith Erin Hicks; The Divine by Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka, and Boaz Lavie; Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green.

Kirk Benshoff
Kirk BenshoffArt Director
Works on: Graphic novels (for children, teen, adult) and picture books.

Looking for: Original and new art styles that go out on a limb.

Recent Titles: Dragon Hoops by Gene Yang, Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse, Child Star by Brian “Box” Brown, World Citizen Line.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it first? Or second?
First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth Seventh.
Pressing the reset button. A clean slate. A fresh start.
Everything begins with the First Second. . .

FOR THE SCIENCE MINDED:

the first second

Imagine shrinking a proton down to a billionth of it’s normal size… Now pack into that tiny, tiny space about an ounce of matter. Bang. You are ready to start a universe.

And so from nothing, our universe begins.

In a single blinding pulse, a moment of glory much too swift and expansive for any form of words, the singularity assumes heavenly dimensions, space beyond conception. In the first lively second (a second that many cosmologists will devote careers to shaving into ever-finer wafers) is produced gravity and the other forces that govern physics…

A fraction of a moment after the dawn of creation, the universe underwent a sudden dramatic expansion. It inflated— in effect ran away with itself, doubling in size every 10(-34) seconds. The whole episode may have lasted no more than 10 (-30) seconds— that’s one million million million million millionths of a second— but it changed the universe from something you could hold in your hand to something at least 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times bigger. Inflation theory explains the ripples and eddies that make our universe possible. Without it, there would be no clumps of matter and thus no stars, just drifting gas and everlasting darkness.

— From Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything

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Who’s behind all this? An army of talent: creatorseditors, designers, and editorial staff.

For more on the story behind :01, check out our blog.

Just about every Tuesday! Take a look at our collection page to see what we’ve got planned for this season.

At this time, First Second is no longer accepting unsolicited submissions. Please check back for future updates.

:01 will consider original graphic novel projects in almost any genre, for any age. Fiction of all kinds, and non-fiction from visual essays to journalism and memoirs. Although not all our titles may be suitable to young readers, :01 does not publish pornography or books with gratuitous violence. We’re interested in authors with a unique and sincere voice. The books we love best leave us in a generative place.

At your favorite bookstore, comics store, library, online, or by breaking into our Virginia warehouse and stealing some.

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Want to see what we mean when we say graphic novels in every genre for every reader? Explore our collection to find out.
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