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FIRST SECOND TO PUBLISH SIX VOLUMES OF HIT FRENCH MARTIAL ARTS FANTASY SERIES, ‘LAST MAN’

By Zainab Akhtar

Speculation about publishers First Second acquiring the rights to a book by French comics superstar, Bastien Vivèsfirst began swirling in March, and while I’d like to say I’m above such speculation, when it concerns my favourite authors, I’m just as readily excitable as anyone else. July saw things take a more solid shape, as a listing for the first volume of Last Man, Vivès’ co-authored series with Balak and Michael Sanlaville, showed up on various book retail sites, with a projected release date of March 2015. Happy news, but I’m here to bring you even better: not only are First Second translating Last Man, they’ve bought the rights to the first six volumes of the series, and will be publishing three books each year for the next two years.

When profiling Vivès earlier in the year, I put forward Last Man as the series that would be most likely to have wide appeal and attract a larger audience: already a huge hit in France, it’s inspired by gaming and Japanese comics, specifically shounen manga, incorporating a rich fantasy adventure setting with character-drive storytelling and plenty of action sequences.

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We are thrilled to be publishing these books!

kochalka
kochalka:

The background here is the shore of Burton Island on Lake Champlain. We were woken by a pretty terrifying storm, and after it passed I got up to pee and also took this picture.  Added Glorkian Warrior in because I thought it looked like the kind of alien landscapes I like to draw in the Glork series.
The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza is probably my best-reviewed book on Amazon.

It’s nice how you wander around the earth and sometimes it looks like a place where aliens could be.

kochalka:

The background here is the shore of Burton Island on Lake Champlain. We were woken by a pretty terrifying storm, and after it passed I got up to pee and also took this picture.  Added Glorkian Warrior in because I thought it looked like the kind of alien landscapes I like to draw in the Glork series.

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza is probably my best-reviewed book on Amazon.

It’s nice how you wander around the earth and sometimes it looks like a place where aliens could be.

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In case you missed it - the 2014 Ignatz nominations are up!
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Small Press Expo Announces 2014 Ignatz Award Nominees
The Small Press Expo the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2014 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.
The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. 
The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.  Only those present at the Small Press Expo may cast a vote to decide the winners.
The nominees for this year’s ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX.
The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM, to be followed by libations, chocolate fountains, our first SPX Prom and a few as yet unannounced surprises. 
Last year’s winner of the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent - and also a 2014 nominee - Sam Alden created this year’s rendition of Ignatz the mouse featured at the top of this post.


We’re thrilled to have two books nominated for this year’s Ignatz Awards — Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer, and Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints!

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In case you missed it - the 2014 Ignatz nominations are up!

spx:

Small Press Expo Announces 2014 Ignatz Award Nominees

The Small Press Expo the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2014 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression.

The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.  Only those present at the Small Press Expo may cast a vote to decide the winners.

The nominees for this year’s ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX.

The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM, to be followed by libations, chocolate fountains, our first SPX Prom and a few as yet unannounced surprises. 

Last year’s winner of the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent - and also a 2014 nominee - Sam Alden created this year’s rendition of Ignatz the mouse featured at the top of this post.

We’re thrilled to have two books nominated for this year’s Ignatz Awards — Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer, and Gene Luen Yang’s Boxers & Saints!

weneeddiversebooks
weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series SPECIAL with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s BookDragon!
If you like Superman, try because both are tales of mighty superheroes with immigrant backgrounds who overcome personal adversity to become defenders of great American justice. Click here for BookDragon review!

This is a great comparison!  All you Superman fans take note!

weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series SPECIAL with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s BookDragon!

If you like Superman, try because both are tales of mighty superheroes with immigrant backgrounds who overcome personal adversity to become defenders of great American justice. Click here for BookDragon review!

This is a great comparison!  All you Superman fans take note!

destroycomics

destroycomics:

The Rise of Aurora West Fanart Contest and Give-away!

After the success of The Battling Boy Magical T-Shirt Contest First Second and I organized for the release of Paul Pope’s Battling Boy this past October, we’re teaming again to announce The Rise of Aurora West Fanart Contest and Give-Away! Paul Pope’s friend and talented cartoonist David Mack will help judge the contest again!

In the next few months, comics has a few exciting rebrandings of established heroes starring female leads with Spider-Gwen and Batgirl, but First Second is offering up an original kid superhero in The Rise of Aurora West from the brushes of Paul Pope and David Rubin .

The Rise of Aurora West is the first in two prequel books to Battling Boy written by Paul Pope and JT Petty and drawn by the amazing David Rubin (Beowulf)! The prequel centers on Aurora West and how her relationship with her father and her past develop her into the character we see her as in the Battling Boy book.

Fanart Guidelines: Simply draw Aurora West. You can play with her design as you see fit. You can do straight-forward illustrations, comic strips, anything you want so long as Aurora West is the subject. Tag your piece #RiseAuroraWest. Winners will recieve a signed copy of The Rise of Aurora West by Paul Pope (TBC)!

Giveaways! We’ll be randomly giving away several galleys of The Rise of Aurora West for the first two weeks of the contest based on who likes and reblogs this post. After those two weeks are up, the next two weeks will feature the same process, but the random few will win copies of the final book! You don’t have to follow this blog, but I recommend you do!

If you wish to buy a signed and skip the contest/give-away, Paul Pope is signing copies to be sent out from Word in New York.

Dates:

Aug. 26th to Sept. 9th- Galley Give-Away Winners are randomly selected.

Sept. 9th to Sept. 23rd- Book Winners are randomly selected.

Aug. 26th to Sept. 30th-All fanart entries must be submitted and tagged (If you don’t have tumblr email your entry to davezissou@hotmail.com) 

Winners will be selected and announced soon after.

Links: 

Follow Paul Pope: Website | Instagram | Twitter

Follow David Rubin: Website | Twitter

Follow JT Petty: Twitter

Follow First Second: Website | Tumblr | Twitter | Facebook

Contest poster by David Zissou

We all can’t wait to see what you can bring to Aurora West! Go and have fun!

We loved all the fan art that people did for Paul Pope’s Battling Boy!  It was so cool!

And we’d love it if you wanted to make something for The Rise of Aurora West.  Because, you guys: Aurora is pretty awesome.

comicsalliance
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INTERVIEW: CARTOONIST LUCY KNISLEY TALKS MARRIAGE, FOOD, AND ARTISTIC INSPIRATION
By Patrick A. Reed
Lucy Knisley is a long-time favorite of ours here at ComicsAlliance  – she’s produced an astoundingly diverse body of work that includes travelogue comics, pop-culture commentaries, NSFW sex-positive prints, Harry Potter fan art, Adventure Time stories, and is probably best-known for Relish, her acclaimed “cooking memoir” graphic novel from First Second books.
Last month, First Second announced her next original graphic novel, an autobiographical wedding planning story entitled Something New. While at San Diego Comic-Con last month, we got the chance to sit down with Kinsley and talk about her artistic inspirations, her thoughts on attending the convention, and her recent and upcoming works.


CA: In these books, when you’re trying to tell real-life stories but present them in a compelling way,  to what degree do you actually end up fictionalizing the autobio?

LK: Everything’s edited, of course, but I’m mostly pretty honest. I’m trying not to exaggerate in my work these days.

CA: But do you ever have to, say, combine different people into a single character in order to sharpen the narrative?

LK: Oh, in the high school book that I’m working on, definitely — to try and make it make  more sense. Sometimes I’ll change names to protect the innocent, but I have a very, very understanding fiancé who’s very excited to be featured in my work. So that helps, as we’re basically two of the only characters in the whole story. But when it comes time to write about my mother’s involvement with my wedding planning, that could be a touchy subject…  we’ll see how it goes.

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Lucy Knisley: super awesome!

comicsalliance:

INTERVIEW: CARTOONIST LUCY KNISLEY TALKS MARRIAGE, FOOD, AND ARTISTIC INSPIRATION

By Patrick A. Reed

Lucy Knisley is a long-time favorite of ours here at ComicsAlliance  – she’s produced an astoundingly diverse body of work that includes travelogue comicspop-culture commentariesNSFW sex-positive printsHarry Potter fan artAdventure Time stories, and is probably best-known for Relish, her acclaimed “cooking memoir” graphic novel from First Second books.

Last month, First Second announced her next original graphic novel, an autobiographical wedding planning story entitled Something New. While at San Diego Comic-Con last month, we got the chance to sit down with Kinsley and talk about her artistic inspirations, her thoughts on attending the convention, and her recent and upcoming works.

CA: In these books, when you’re trying to tell real-life stories but present them in a compelling way,  to what degree do you actually end up fictionalizing the autobio?

LK: Everything’s edited, of course, but I’m mostly pretty honest. I’m trying not to exaggerate in my work these days.

CA: But do you ever have to, say, combine different people into a single character in order to sharpen the narrative?

LK: Oh, in the high school book that I’m working on, definitely — to try and make it make  more sense. Sometimes I’ll change names to protect the innocent, but I have a very, very understanding fiancé who’s very excited to be featured in my work. So that helps, as we’re basically two of the only characters in the whole story. But when it comes time to write about my mother’s involvement with my wedding planning, that could be a touchy subject…  we’ll see how it goes.

READ MORE

Lucy Knisley: super awesome!

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boxbrowncomics:

If you’ve been unable to make it out to one of my signing events and would like a signed copy of Andre the Giant: Life and Legend.  Now is your chance to get one for yourself or a pal.  Limited to 20 copies. Get it here

Or come get it from Box’s OWN HANDS at SPX in 38 days - for he is one of our featured guests and will be joining us with the whole Retrofit gang!

Most adorable sketch ever?