NYCC 2013: First Second Books

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 – including debuting the much-anticipated new Paul Pope graphic novel Battling Boy! You can find First Second during NYCC 2013 at booth #2237.


Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost – Adventures in Cartooning
Tony Cliff – Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
Chris Duffy – Fairy Tale Comics
Zack Giallongo — Broxo
Matt Kindt – Red Handed
Lucy Knisley – Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
George O’Connor — Olympians
Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks – Primates
MK Reed and Joe Flood – The Cute Girl Network
Paul Pope – Battling Boy

The complete First Second schedule is below:


1:00pm: Zack Giallongo (Broxo) — signing at the First Second booth

3:00pm: Maris Wicks Signing (Primates) signing at the First Second booth

Beautiful Books: Graphic Design in Comics & Graphic Novels
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Location: 1A01
Speakers: James Lucas Jones, Colleen AF Venable, Eric Skillman , Jared K. Fletcher, Jonathan Hickman
Description:  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) about 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.


11:00am: Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant) signing at the First Second booth

1:00pm: Lucy Knisley (Relish) signing at the First Second booth

2:30pm: Paul Pope (Battling Boy) signing at the First Second booth

The Graphic Novel   
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Location: 1A17
Description: 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.

4:00pm: Tony Cliff, Matt Kindt, Lucy Knisley, MK Reed Group Signing / Autographing Area #21

5:30: MK Reed, Joe Flood (The Cute Girl Network) signing at the First Second booth


10:30am: Jon Chad (Leo Geo) signing at the First Second booth

The Magic of Storytelling
Time: 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Location: 1A17
Description:  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).

11:00am: Jim Ottaviani (Primates) signing at the First Second booth

Creating Graphic Novels for Kids
Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM
Location: 1A17
Description: 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!  Moderator: Chris Duffy (Fairy Tale Comics, Nickelodeon Magazine)

World Science Festival presents: When Science Gets Graphic
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: 1A01
Speakers: Brian Greene, Jim Ottaviani, Charles Soule, Dominic Walliman, Jonathan Coulton
Description: 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.

12:00pm: George O’Connor Signing (Olympians) / Autographing Area 21

12:00pm: Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant) signing at the First Second booth

1:15pm: Andrew Arnold, Alexis Frederick-Frost, Paul Pope, Chris Duffy Group Signing / Autographing Area 21

1:30pm: George O’Connor (Olympians) signing at the First Second booth

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!      
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: 1A17
Description: 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)? Discuss with moderator E.C. Myers (Fair Coin), and 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).

3:00pm: Andrew Arnold, Alexis Frederick Frost (Adventures in Cartooning) signing at the First Second booth

4:00pm: Fairy Tale Comics signing at the First Second booth w/ Chris Duffy and Ramona Fradon