First Second, the publishing house that has given readers the graphic novels American Born Chinese, Andre the Giant, Friends With Boys, Above the Dreamless Dead, The Divine, just to name a few, is celebrating its tenth anniversary! Happy anniversary, cool publishing house that gives me stuff I like to read!
To celebrate, they’ve sent out some info on where they’ve been, and where they’re going. Here’s a taste:
In the past decade, the graphic novel industry has changed drastically — going from an often overlooked corner of the literary universe to an acclaimed, essential part of bookstores, libraries, classrooms, and homes. First Second has made that possible — with books from authors like Scott McCloud, Faith Erin Hicks, Ben Hatke, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, and Gene Luen Yang that have broken new ground, and won hearts and minds for the whole medium. In 2016, we’re looking out at a graphic novel industry poised for widespread acceptance of comics in every home across the country.
Yeah, that Scott McCloud, and his new book The Sculptor looks very, very cool. (And if you haven’t read Understanding Comics, you really need to get on that.) So, ready to dig in to some graphic novels for February? First Second has come up with a reading list to help you do just that. Dig in!