(photo from the National Archive of Norway.  Thanks, Norway)

As we pack up our office for our non-denominational-winter-holiday-break, I just wanted to take a minute to say happy holidays to all of you who are reading our blog. 

2011 is First Second's fifth anniversary year, and we've had a lovely year, with four New York Times Best-Sellers, a book on The Colbert Report, a book featured on, and a number of our books have received all sorts of year-end recognition — all signaling that we seem to be publishing pretty great stuff (which, admittedly, we had suspected previously). 

But we couldn't have done any of it without you guys — our readers.  Publishing can't survive in a vacuum, and it's because all of you read our books and invest in what we publish — and the authors that we believe in — that First Second can grow and thrive and exist to celebrate this fifth anniversary with all of you. 

Thank you!  And happy holidays.