Check Out First Second and MacKids at NYCC—Featuring the Premiere of Battling Boy!

First Second, the book industry’s premier publisher of graphic novels, is excited to announce a fantastic line-up for this year’s New York Comic-Con. Plus, everyone from Jeff Smith to Junot Diaz loves Battling Boy! Paul Pope’s acclaimed new adventure for kids is making its debut at NYCC this year—come check out the book and catch Paul at one of his appearances listed below. First Second will be exhibiting at NYCC 2013 at Booth #2237—hope to see you there!

First Second is proud to be featuring some of our wonderful authors at NYCC this weekend, including:


Friday, October 11th

Signings at the First Second booth (#2237):

  • 1:00 pm: Zack Giallongo (Broxo)
  • 3:00 pm: Maris Wicks Signing (Primates)

12:15–1:15 pm “Once Upon A Time In Fantasy Lit…”
In a panel that’s a witches’ brew of magic, there is one truth to be learned: don’t let that wicked little pixie Tinkerbell fool you. Fairies are damn scary! Moderated by Aubry Parks-Fried (Digital Manager, Harper Collins) with panelists Emily Croy Baker (The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic), Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil), Bennett Madison (September Girls), C. Robert Cargill (Queen of the Dark Things), Catherynne M. Valente (The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two), Gitty Daneshvari, (School of Fear and Monster High series). Room 1A17

1:30 pm “Once Upon A Time In Fantasy Lit” Post-Panel Signing in the autographing area, Table 21

4:00–5:00 pm “Genre-Bending Visions: The Art of the Modern Thriller”
These writers know how to keep you on the edge of your seat with tales of secret societies, apocalyptic visions, and international intrigue. Join eight of the genre’s leading talents as they discuss the elements—from the scientific to the supernatural—that guarantee to have readers turning pages long into the night. Moderated by Wendy Corsi Staub (The Good Sister) with panelists Robin Wasserman (The Waking Dark), Emmy Laybourne (Monument 14), Michelle Gagnon (Don’t Look Now), Alison Gaylin (Into the Dark), David Guggenheim & Nicholas Mennuti (Weaponized), Alex London (Proxy). Room 1A17

5:15 pm “The Art of the Modern Thriller” Post-Panel Signing in the autographing area, Table 21

5:15–6:15 pm “Beautiful Books: Graphic Design in Comics & Graphic Novels”

Join Jonathan Hickman (Writer and Designer, Avengers, East of West, The Manhattan Projects), Jared K. Fletcher (Designer, Marvel, DC, and many more), Colleen AF Venable (Art & Design Editor, First Second Books), and Eric Skillman (Graphic Designer, The Criterion Collection) as they discuss the shifting trends in graphic novel book design, and the industry movement towards books as art objects. Moderated by Oni Press Editor in Chief and hopeless graphic design snob James Lucas Jones. Room 1A17


Saturday, October 12th

Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):

2:45–3:45 pm “The Graphic Novel”
Join six great graphic novelists—Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant), Matt Kindt (Red Handed), Lucy Knisley (Relish), Tim Leong (Super Graphic), MK Reed (The Cute Girl Network), and Emma Vieceli (Vampire Academy Graphic Novels)—in discussion with Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid of the graphic novel format, their new books, and what makes this medium so inspiring and powerful for them as storytellers. Room 1A17

4:00 pm Post-Panel Signing with Tony Cliff, Matt Kindt, Lucy Knisley, and MK Reed in the autographing area, Table 21

5:15–6:15 pm “All Things YA”
Looking for the next big trend in Young Adult Lit? Find out what seven publishing tastemakers have to say about all things YA and get the insider scoop on what they’re working on! With Ksenia Winnicki (MacKids + Tor Teen), Lauren Flower (Harper Teen), Casey Lloyd (Random House Children’s Books), Emily Meehan (Disney Hyperion), Nami Tripathi (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing), Alvina Ling (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), Mia Garcia (Penguin Young Readers Group). Room 1A17


Sunday, October 13th

Signings at the First Second booth #2237:

10:45–11:45 am “The Magic of Storytelling”
Entertain your reader with stories of ghouls, time traveling weenies, lurking monsters, outlandish outlaws and the intrepid teens that keep them all in line. Join Lemony Snicket (When Did You See Her Last?), David Lubar (Weenies series), Matthew Cody (Will in Scarlet), Shannon Hale (Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends), George O’Connor (Olympians), and Scott Campbell (If Dogs Run Free) as they discuss crafting stories rich with humor, adventure, and mystery for young readers with M.D. Payne (the Monster Juice series). Room 1A17

12:00 pm Post-Panel Signing with George O’Connor in the autographing area, Table 21

12:00–1:00 pm “Creating Graphic Novels for Kids”

Join seven great graphic novelists who make comics for kids—Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost (Adventures in Cartooning), Jon Chad (Leo Geo) Jimmy Gownley (Dumbest Idea Ever), Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox (Dogs of War), and Paul Pope (Battling Boy)—for a fun, interactive look at all their newest books! Moderated by Chris Duffy (Fairy Tale Comics, Nickelodeon Magazine). Room 1A17

12:00–1:00 pm “World Science Festival presents: When Science Gets Graphic!”

When it comes to understanding the complexities of life and sparking scientific curiosity, we often leave the challenge up to educators, journalists and scientists—but what about comic book creators? Amongst the adventures of spandex-clad superheroes like Batman and the everyday life observations of Harvey Pekar, comic book characters are throwing on lab coats, mixing toxic substances, traveling on expeditions to study wild chimpanzees and teaching us about the origins of life. With the help of an ink pen, science can escape the rigid confines of the textbook and inspire future scientists through thought bubbles and color-rich scenes. Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of The World Science Festival, will introduce a conversation moderated by Jonathan Coulton, singer songwriter and now comic book co-creator. The panel features Jim Ottaviani, New York Times Best-Selling author of Feynman and the newly released Primates; Charles Soule, author of 27, Strange Attractors and the brand new Letter 44; and Dominic Walliman, quantum physicist and author of the upcoming Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space. In this program, part of the World Science Festival’s ongoing Science & Story series, these heralded authors and artists will discuss their work and explore how the combination of art and storytelling can make science relevant and engaging to a broad audience. Room 1A17

1:15pm: Post-Panel Signing with Andrew Arnold, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Paul Pope, and Chris Duffy in the autographing area, Table 21

2:30–3:30 pm “Young Heroes and Heroines with the Power to Change the 
World: What we can learn from Harry Potter, Pug the Magician, Taran, Alanna, Will Stanton, and More!”
Much of the classic SFF that we find ourselves reading and re-reading) features young protagonists who develop the ability to change the world. What about these fledgling champions of the realm inspires readers, and has us returning to re-conquer their worlds time and again (just as if there were a Wrinkle within)? Join the discussion with moderator E.C. Myers (Fair Coin), and panelists Sherry Thomas (The Burning Sky), Claire Legrand (The Year of Shadows), Django Wexler (The Forbidden Library), Paul Pope (Battling Boy) and Brandon Mull (Spirit Animals). Room 1A17


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