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First Second Books to Teach Kids About History Through Comics
First Second Books has announced a new line of comics aimed at middle grade readers and focusing on notable events in American history, aptly titled History Comics The School Library Journal had the official PR on the comics, which are set to start hitting stores in 2020 and serve as a compliment to First Second's[...]
Graphic Novel Mike's Place Covers Tragedy And Blues In Tel Aviv
Specifically, at a blues bar in Tel Aviv. Mike's Place: A True Story of Love, Blues, and Terror in Tel Aviv from First Second Books covers filmmaker Jack Baxter's experience filming the documentary Blues by the Beach in Tel Aviv about a blues bar, that shortly after becomes the target of a suicide bombing during the[...]
Dragons Beware! Packs Epic Adventure For Young Readers
Can you imagine living back in medieval times? Those kids must have yearned for adventure! Speaking of yearning for adventure during times of knights and castles, the new children's graphic novel Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado from First Second Books has arrived in the comic book kingdom A sequel to their first book,[...]
Exquisite Corpse Makes For An Exquisite Read
I've been fortunate enough to have several of them, for now I know how to immediately spot the red flags. In Pénélope Bagieu's Exquisite Corpse from First Second Books, we follow the main character Zoe as she longs for a better life that doesn't consist of being sexually harassed at work and going home to a[...]
Bugging Jay Hosler About His Graphic Novel Last Of The Sandwalkers
Photo credit: Lisa Hosler Adventure, bugs, and comic books are definitely the way to any young reader's heart, and thanks to entomologist and cartoonist Jay Hosler the combination of the three is what makes his graphic novel Last of the Sandwalkers from First Second Books so enjoyable Hosler is able to produce a science-fiction adventure story[...]
Last Man Volume 1: The Stranger Packs A Fierce, Charming Punch
"Well, if he'd shot the pod with Artoo and Threepio, they wouldn't have made it to Tatooine, they wouldn't have met Luke, Luke wouldn't have met Ben, they wouldn't have met Han and Chewie, they wouldn't have saved Princess Leia, none of it would have happened." The same notion applies to a single character in[...]
The Glorkian Warrior Returns, Hungry For Adventure Pie
Like a true pie, it's filling. The Glorkian Warrior Eats Adventure Pie (First Second Books) by James Kochalka 128 pages, FC $12.99 Available March 17th, 2015 Cameron Hatheway is a reviewer and the host of Cammy's Comic Corner, an audio podcast You can challenge him to a pie eating contest on Twitter @CamComicCorner. A vicious Space Snake thrashes through the endless[...]
Advance Review: The Sculptor Brings McCloud's Wildest Imaginations To Life
That's the sticky situation 25-year-old sculptor David Smith finds himself in, in Scott McCloud's upcoming The Sculptor graphic novel from First Second Books. McCloud is best known in the comics industry from his acclaimed non-fiction books Understanding Comics, Making Comics, and Reinventing Comics, but creating original comics isn't new territory for him He had a successful[...]
Sculpting An Exclusive Interview With Scott McCloud About His New Graphic Novel
By Cameron Hatheway February 3rd marks the release of Scott McCloud's long-awaited graphic novel The Sculptor from First Second Books Best known for his epic creator-owned series Zot! and his contributions to understanding, appreciating, and reinventing the comics medium, McCloud is without a doubt a giant in the industry and has been due for another graphic[...]
Before Battling Boy, Aurora West Took Flight
I wouldn't be surprised if like Battling Boy it will get an Eisner nomination and win next year. The Rise Of Aurora West (First Second Books) Written by Paul Pope and JT Petty Illustrated by David Rubín 160 Pages, B&W $9.99 Cameron Hatheway is the host of Cammy's Comic Corner, an audio podcast[...]