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It was new comic book day yesterday, what’d everyone get? If you haven’t gotten this week’s comics yet, what do you plan on getting?

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Picture Me Reading – Anya’s Ghost

Comic Vine – Batman #25

CBR – Batman #25

Comic Vine – Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #1

Comic Vine – Deadpool #19

Comic Vine – Forever Evil: Arkham War #2

Comic Vine – Green Lantern Corps #25

Comic Vine – Injustice: Gods Among Us Annual #1

The Beat – Injustice: Gods Among Us HC

Comic Vine – The Manhattan Projects #16

Comic Vine – Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #3

Comic Vine – Nightwing #25

Comic Vine – Unity #1

Talking Comics – The Walking Dead #116

Comic Vine – Wraith #1

SDCC – First Second Books

Official Press Release

First Second: Awards, Authors & Programs at San Diego Comic-Con

First Second, the book industry’s premier publisher of graphic novels, is excited to announce our spectacular line-up for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

In Brief:

–          Eisner Awards: we’re up for four of them!

–          Authors: we’ve got them!  Including Eisner Nominated Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Prime Baby, Level Up) and debut author Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost).

–          Programs: interested in non-fiction, teens, schools, or libraries?  Read on for more.

–          2011 is First Second’s Fifth Anniversary.  We’re excited about this milestone event.

First Second graphic novels are up for FOUR Eisner Award this year.

The Unsinkable Walker Bean, by Aaron Renier – an ABA Independent Bookstore Bestseller!

  • “Everything you want from a rip-roaring adventure: Exciting, deep, funny, and scary, with tremendous villains and valor galore.” — Booklist

Prime Baby, by Gene Luen Yang

  • “Delightful.” – BoingBoing

Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir and Khalil

  • “A heartbreaking story . . . not just about tyranny, loss, and grief, but a celebration of the will to live.” – Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran

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.

Interested in authors?  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 AcademyABC’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 UpWired 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 StoriesChester 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

First Second Fifth Anniversary

2011 marks First Second’s fifth anniversary.

Says Newsarama, “It’s hard to believe it’s been half a decade since First Second Books debuted in the spring of 2006, but the calendar doesn’t lie. In those five years, First Second established itself as one of the comic book industry’s most versatile, forward-thinking and critically acclaimed houses in memory.”

With a list that includes National Best-sellers, YALSA Great Graphic Novels, National Book Award Honor titles, Printz Award winners, First Second has been a source for change in the graphic novel industry, inspiring authors, illustrators, and publishers to raise the standards of graphic novel publishing.

First Second publishes such titles as American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang), The Photographer (Emmanuel Guibert and Didier Lefevre), Adventures in Cartooning (James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost), The Fate of the Artist (Eddie Campbell), Robot Dreams (Sara Varon), Laika (Nick Abadzis), and Drawing Words and Writing Pictures (Jessica Abel and Matt Madden).  See more at www.firstsecondbooks.com.

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It’s a wrap of the week, and we’ve got an extra long Around the Tubes since we missed yesterday’s edition.  Below you’ll find the latest news and reviews that we didn’t bring.  Hope you enjoy!

Around the Blogs:

The Beat – Rob Granito launches pay-for-chat plan; plan failsYeah, we won’t be paying.  But, if someone wants to pay to interview me….

ICv2 – ‘Dark Knight’ in PittsburghRoad trip anyone?

ICv2 – ‘Green Lantern’ InjuryInjuries are very common, Spider-Man just has a bad wrap and some horrible PR.

NY1 – Manhattan Company “Saves” Comic Books For The Digital AgeNice to see digital comics get more coverage.

Fantagraphic Books – SPX adds Diane Noomin, Johnny Ryan as guestsI probably should start planning interviews and coverage now, I guess.

The Beat – SPX unveils 2011 flyer by Craig Thompson — UPDATED with more guestsLooking forward to this show.

Comics Alliance – New Avengers Team Up with FDNY for Free Fire Safety Comic [Preview]Marvel continues to team up with New York City government.

Cheat CC – Top 10 Comic Books That Need To Be Video GamesSome interesting choices on this list.  What do you all think?

WonderCon Coverage:

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Geoff Johns

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: J.T. Krul (Part 2-Aspen Comics)

Comicvine –WonderCon 2011: Peter David

Graphic Novel Reporter – WonderCon 2011: Two Views

Graphic Novel Reporter – WonderCon 2011 in Review

Movie Viral – WonderCon 2011 Recap and Gallery

Comics Alliance – Mattel Shows Off Gobs of ‘Green Lantern’ Movie Toys at WonderCon

Examiner – Recap: WonderCon 2011

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Green Lantern Emerald Knights Interviews

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Comics Alliance – Action Double Feature

Boing Boing – Anya’s Ghost

Comic Book Resources – Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #5

Bleeding Cool – Brightest Day #23 and Green Wake #1

Bleeding Cool – Nonplayer #1 and Fear Itself #1

Comicvine – Comic Book Reviews For The Week of 4/06/11

Kotaku – Week in Comics

Newsarama – Best Shots Rapid Reviews: FEAR ITSELF, BRIGHTEST DAY, More

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It’s a packed edition of Around the Tubes with lots of stories we missed but also continuing WonderCon coverage and a flood of reviews.  Enjoy!

Around the Blogs:

Comics Alliance – Sean Phillips & Crime Novelist Don Winslow’s Free ‘Sunset on Sunset’ Comic [Preview]Philips’s work is some of the best out there.

Bleeding Cool – Live From The DMZ LaunchesOne of my favorite series gets a great website dedicated to it.  I can’t wait to see what it has in store.

Comic Book Resources – I Like Marvel’s Re-Numbering PlanI generally agree with this assessment.

Newsarama – New Doc to Explore Comics Code, Fredric Wertham ArchivesThis is a key moment in comic book history.  One every fan and free speech advocate should understand.

Bleeding Cool – A Comic Show – The Best Week In Comics Of The Year So FarA solid week of books.

WonderCon Coverage:

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Judd Winick

Examiner – WonderCon 2011: 35,000 fans, hundreds of superheroes go home happy (Video)

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Rick Remender

Graphic Novel Reporter – Happy Birthday, Wonder-Con: A Review of the Show

Comicvine – Wondercon 2011: The Cosplay Challenge

Comicvine – WonderCon2011: Mattel Booth Tour

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Joe Quesada

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Frank Quitely

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Spider-Man: Edge of Time Interview

GeekWeek – Wondercon ’11: Watch The New THUNDERCATS Trailer in HD

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Floor Wrap-Up

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: J.T. Krul (Part 1-DC Comics)

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Jeph Loeb

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Graphic Novel Reporter –Anya’s Ghost

Graphic Novel Reporter – Babymouse: Cupcake Tycoon

Graphic Novel Reporter – Beauty and the Squat Bears

Seattle Pi – Elephant Man

Seattle Pi – The Complete Essex County

The Aaugh Blog – Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown

Graphic Novel Reporter – Hellblazer: Pandemonium

Graphic Novel Reporter – Lethe

Waking Brain Cells – Lost & Found: A Graphic Novel Wonderland

Graphic Novel Reporter – Lucille

ICv2 – Mercy Thompson: Moon Called’ Vol. 1 TP

North 40 – North 40

Seattle Pi – Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

Graphic Novel Reporter – The Rawhide Kid: The Sensational Seven

Seattle Pi – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Graphic Novel Reporter – Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki

Graphic Novel Reporter – Thor: The Mighty Avenger

GeekWeek – Time Bomb

Seattle Pi – Tumor

Graphic Novel Reporter – The Waking