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First Second Books

First Second Books
Industry Publishing
Products Graphic novels
Parent Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan Publishers)
Website Official website

First Second Books is an American publisher of graphic novels. An imprint of Roaring Brook Press, part of Holtzbrinck Publishers, First Second publishes fiction, biographies, personal memoirs, history, visual essays, and comics journalism.


  • History 1
  • Titles 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


First Second launched in U.S. stores and online in May 2006. It was distributed by Macmillan in the rest of the English-speaking world. After the merger in 2010, Macmillan distributes all of the books.

It is headed by editorial director Mark Siegel.


  • Spring 2009
    • The Color of Earth, by Dong Hwa Kim
    • The Color of Water, by Dong Hwa Kim
    • The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert
    • The Eternal Smile, by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim
    • Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics, by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost
    • Tiny Tyrant 1: The Ethelbertosaurus, by Lewis Trondheim and Fabrice Parme
  • Fall 2009
    • The Color of Heaven, by Dong Hwa Kim
    • Cat Burglar Black", by Richard Sala
    • Stuffed, by Glenn Eichler and Nick Bertozzi
    • Refresh, Refresh, by Danica Novgorodoff,James Ponsoldt, and Benjamin Percy
    • Ball Peen Hammer, by Lewis Trondheim and Fabrice Parme
  • Fall 2010
    • Adventures in Cartooning Activity Book by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost
    • Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess by George O'Connor
    • Brain Camp by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks
    • Dawn Land by Will Davis
    • Koko Be Good by Jen Wang
    • Laika by Nick Abadzis
    • The Unsinkable Walter Bean by Aaron Renier
    • The Zabime Sisters by Aristophane
    • Zeus: King of Gods by George O'Connor
  • Winter 2011
    • Lewis & Clark by Nick Bertozzi
    • Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  • Spring 2011
    • Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
    • Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman
    • Defiance by Karla Jablonski and Leland Purvis
    • Feynman by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick
    • Hera by George O'Connor
    • Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
  • Fall 2011
    • Americus by MK Reed and Johnathan Hill
    • Bake Sale by Sara Varon
    • Mush! by Glenn Eichler and Joe Infurnari
    • Nursery Rhyme Comics edited by Chris Duffy
    • Orcs by Stan Nicholls and Joe Flood
    • Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim
    • Zahra's Paradise by Amir and Khalil
  • Winter 2012
    • Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
    • Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre
    • Hades: Lord of the Dead by George O'Connor
    • The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell
  • Spring 2012
    • Baby's in Black by Arne Bellstorf
    • Bloody Chester by JT Petty and Hilary Florido
    • Marathon by Boaz Yakin and Joe Infurnari
    • Mastering Comics by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden
    • Moon Moth by Jack Vance and Humayoun Ibrahim
    • Victory by Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis
  • Fall 2012
    • Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick Frost
    • Broxo by Zach Giallongo
    • Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
    • Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel
    • Sumo by Thien Pham
    • Tune: Vanishing Point by Derek Kirk Kim and Les McClaine
  • Winter 2013
    • Curses! Foiled Again by Jane Yolen and Mike Cavallaro
    • Feynman (paperback edition) by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick
    • Jerusalem by Boaz Yakin and Nick Bertozzi
    • Poseidon: Earth Shaker by George O'Connor
    • Relish by Lucy Knisley
  • Spring 2013
    • Astronaut Academy: Re-entry by Dave Roman
    • Genius by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen
    • Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks
    • Odd Duck by Sara Varon and Cecil Castellucci
    • Primates by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
    • Red Handed by Matt Kindt
    • Templar by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, and Alex Puvilland

In 2010, First Second Books entered the world of webcomics. Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel, Zahra's Paradise by Amir and Khalil, and Tune by Derek Kirk Kim were all serialized on the Internet, and were all published as printed books by First Second.


External links

  • Official website
  • First Second Blog
  • Sailor Twain

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