Graphic Novels & Events from First Second at SDCC

First Second, a graphic novel imprint you see a lot of here on Tor.com (Most recently, they were the minds that brought together Legends of the Joystick.) will be at SDCC next week! Take a look at their signing schedules and offerings below the cut and don’t forget to visit them at booth 1323!

Additionally, First Second graphic novels are up for four Eisner Awards this year!

  • The Unsinkable Walker Bean, by Aaron Renier
  • Prime Baby, by Gene Luen Yang (Legends of the Joystick)
  • Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir and Khalil
  • And Hilary Sycamore, First Second’s colorist, receives a nomination for her work on the First Second titles City of Spies, Resistance, Booth, Brain Camp, and Solomon’s Thieves

Some of First Second’s best will be at this year’s SDCC.

Leland Myrick: Myrick’s first graphic novel, Missouri Boy, was a Booklist Best of the Year. Also a contributor to the Flight anthology series, he follows this up with a new graphic nonfiction work, a biography of Richard Feynman.

Feynman will be in stores in August; get an advance look at this stunning new work at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Signing: Thursday, 4:30; First Second Booth 1323

Dave Roman: New York Times-bestselling author Dave Roman presents his first work as author/illustrator, Astronaut Academy. ABC’s Good Morning Connecticut calls it “hysterical.” And Comic Book Resources says, “Astronaut Academy is wonderful, and you should read it.”

Signing: Friday, 11:00; First Second Booth 1323
Signing: Saturday, 2:00; Autographing Area 2
Signing: Sunday, 11:30; First Second Booth 1323

Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham: Two-time Eisner Award Winner, Printz Award winner, and National Book Award Honor recipient Gene Luen Yang returns to San Diego for his third Eisner nomination and with a new book (with art by Thien Pham): Level Up. Wired calls this entry in the Tiger Mother debate, “A fascinating look into the tension between parents with high (and rigid) expectations and kids who have their own ideas about how to live.”

Signing: Friday, 3:00; First Second Booth 1323
Signing: Saturday, 2:00; Autographing Area 2
Signing: Sunday, 2:00; First Second Booth 1323

Vera Brosgol: Brosgol’s debut graphic novel, Anya’s Ghost, has been getting rave reviews from around the industry — from Neil Gaiman’s declaration: “A masterpiece,” to the New York Times: “Remarkable. . . . with an attitude and aptitude reminiscent of Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Brosgol has created a smart, funny and compassionate portrait of someone who, for all her sulking and sneering, is the kind of daughter many parents would like to have. And the kind of girl many of us maybe once were.” Anya’s Ghost is an Amazon Best of the Year graphic novel, the only teen graphic novel to be so recognized.

Signing: Friday, 2:00; First Second Booth 1323
Signing: Saturday, 2:00; Autographing Area 2
Signing: Sunday, 3:00; First Second Booth 1323

 

First Second is sponsoring the following programs at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

THURSDAY 3:30 – 4:30: True Stories – Chester Brown (Paying For It): Tom Devlin (Art Director of D&Q), Peter Kuper (Stop Forgetting to Remember), Leland Myrick (Feynman), and Thomas LeBien (Publisher of Hill & Wang’s Novel Graphics line) discuss the ins and outs of non-fiction graphic novel stories. What are the lines between truth and fiction when images are involved in a story? Room 26AB

THURSDAY 4:30 – 5:30: Comics for Teens: Teen comics creators Cecil Castelluci (Plain Janes), Hope Larson (Mercury), Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole), and Gene Luen Yang (Level Up) come together for a discussion of what make a comic fit a teen audience. Do books for teens have something special that books for kids and adults don’t have? Moderated by Scott Westerfeld (New York Times Bestselling Teen Author). Room 26AB

FRIDAY 4:30 – 5:30: Comics in the Library: Librarians Gene Ambaum (Unshelved) Candice Mack (LA Public Library), Mike Pawuk (Cuyahoga County Public Library), and Eva Volin (Alameda Library) come together for a discussion of the place of comics in the library. Which ones should you buy, where do you shelve them, and how do you convince the people you work with that comics have a real place in the library? This panel will tell you all this and more. Moderated by Gina Gagliano (First Second Books). Room 26AB

SATURDAY 5:30 – 6:30: Comics in the Classroom: Teachers Anastasia Betts (UCLA), Christina Blanch (Ball State University), Thien Pham (Bishop O’Dowd High School), and Cheryl Wozniak (San Francisco Public Schools) discuss the place of comics in the classroom. Moderated by Chris Duffy (Nursery Rhyme Comics). Room 26AB

SUNDAY 10:00 – 11:00: Teen Comics Workshop: Teens! Join teen comics creators Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost), Thien Pham (Level Up), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) for the interactive comics workshop adventure of your lives. Learn exciting new things about storytelling! Character development! Drawing! And so much more. Room 30CDE

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