Jen Wang (previously) is several kinds of excellent comics person: from her debut graphic novel Koko Be Good (a complex and heartfelt take on "manic pixie dream girls") to her award-winning, bestselling, brilliant genderqueer fairy tale The Prince and the Dressmaker, to In Real Life, the middle-grades comic she adapted from my story Anda's Game to the unmissably fantastic annual comics fair she started in LA, she is versatile, smart, compassionate and immensely talented. Now, in her latest, Stargazing, a semi-autobiographical graphic novel for young readers, she brings the action closer to home than ever, and yields up a tale of friendship, identity, talent and loyalty like no other.
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Firstsecond Books (previously, publisher of In Real Life, which I created with Jen Wang) has announced a new line of YA-oriented graphic novels called "World Citizen Comics," on contemporary activist themes like "how to fight corruption in elections, blast fake news with truth-telling, and even battle would-be dictators both near and far through a better understanding of constitutions and the rule of law."
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Calista Brill is a legendary comics and picture-book editor, part of the powerhouse team at Firstsecond (she's my editor!), and with Cat Wishes
, a picture book that's sweet and surprising, she shows just how well she understands the form she practices.
Peter & Ernesto
have a good life: the two sloths sit in their Amazon treetop and make up songs about the animal shapes they see in the clouds. But one day, Ernesto gets it into his head to see the whole sky
, from every place on Earth, and sets out through the jungle.
Sara Varon is co-creator, with Cecil Castellucci, of Odd Duck
, the 2013 outstanding kids' picture book, and her latest solo venture, New Shoes
is a brilliant reprisal of the themes from Odd Duck: camaraderie among eccentric animals, charming small-town life, fascinating technical details, humor, and beautiful, engaging illustrations.
Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre's middle-grades graphic novels Giants Beware!
and Dragons Beware!
are two of my family's favorite books: Rosado and Aguirre's character design, comedic dialog, plotting, and scenarios are so charming, so funny, so overwhelmingly, compulsively great
that we've re-read these dozens of times; now we've got Monsters Beware
, the third volume in the series, where the mysteries of Mont Petit Pierre and the intertwined lives of the huge cast of characters from the previous volumes come together.
Jen Wang's work: her debut graphic novel Koko Be Good
was thought-provoking and challenging and beautiful; "In Real Life," her adaptation of my story Anda's Game
took the tale to places that delighted and surprised me -- today, Firstsecond publishes The Prince and the Dressmaker
, which I believe will be her breakout graphic novel.
Benjamin Renner's hit French comic The Big Bad Fox
isn't just being adapted as an animated feature, it's also now available in English, thanks to the good graces of Firstsecond, whose translation keeps and even enhances all the comic timing of the original.
The OSS is after Jimmy, and they're planning on using his daughter to catch him. But Jimmy will tear the world apart to keep his daughter safe. Literally. This morally bankrupt immortal freak of nature has absolutely no concern for the wellbeing of any human being besides himself and his Sweetpea. It'd be adorable if it weren't so scary.
Today marks the launch of Spill Zone, a graphic novel from Uglies creator Scott Westerfeld (previously) and Alex Puvilland: the tale of a brave photographer who ventures into strange, uncanny lands created by a mysterious catastrophe, and returns with images of those worlds that she sells to keep her scarred little sister whole. Read the rest
On a Sunbeam is a science fiction webcomic from competitive figure skater/comics creator Tillie Walden. Next year, Firstsecond will publish a memoir about her 12 years as a skater; if On a Sunbeam is representative of her work, it's a book to watch for. Read the rest
Ben Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl trilogy
was one of the best kids' comics of the new century (and it's headed to TV!
), and he's been very productive
in the years since, but his new series, Mighty Jack
feels like the true successor to Zita: a meaty volume one that promises and delivers all the buckle you can shake a swash at, with more to come.
Faith Erin Hicks (Zombies Calling
, Friends with Boys
, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
) is back with the first volume of a new, epic YA trilogy: The Nameless City
, a fantasy adventure comic about diplomacy, hard and soft power, colonialism, bravery, and parkour.
Today, Firstsecond publishes Ozge Samanci's Dare to Disappoint
, a graphic novel memoir of growing up in Turkey. Ms Samanci has favored us with an essay describing the tumultuous relationship between Turkey's authoritarian, thin-skinned president and her fellow cartoonists.
Firstsecond's new Fable Comics
is the third knockout anthology in which amazing, hugely varied comics creators recreate some of the world's best loved stories. As with Nursery Rhyme Comics
and Fairy Tale Comics
, Fable Comics
draws from diverse source material and presents it in varied, fresh ways that have something for everyone.