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Cover Reveal: Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion

Brigid Alverson
AnnaBanana-Chocolate-300dpi-RGB

Earlier this year, First Second published Sleep Tight, Anna Banana, a cheerful picture book/comic hybrid by Dominique Roques and Alexis Dormal, and now, here’s a first look at the cover for the second book in the series, Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion. Anna Banana is a mischievous girl with a large coterie of stuffed [...]

Interview: Luke Pearson Illustrates a World War I Poem

Brigid Alverson
Above the Dreamless Dead

With the 100th anniversary of the beginning World War I, we have seen a flurry of books, including graphic novels, about the War to End All Wars. Above the Dreamless Dead, edited by Chris Duffy and published by First Second, is a remarkable anthology of what came to be called “trench poetry,” poems by soldiers [...]

Review: Olympians Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

Lori Henderson
Olympians Aphrodite

The tales of the Olympians continues with the arrival of Aphrodite. From her mysterious origin at the beginning of time to the seeds of war sowed in a power struggle at a wedding, Aphrodite shows the true power of love to both humans and gods alike. None can escape its many guises, even if they [...]

Sleepless Knight: Cover reveal and interview with the three-headed monster

Brigid Alverson
Sleepless Knight cover

James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost, the creative trio behind Adventures in Cartooning and its sequels, got kids excited about drawing comics, and now they have a new book that goes in a different direction: Sleepless Knight, which will be out later this year, is a story comic, not an instructional book, in which [...]

Adventures in Book Clubbing: Reading Zita the Spacegirl

Eva Volin
Book Clubbers holding up their copies of Zita the Spacegirl

Several weeks ago, I got an email from the lovely and talented Gina Gagliano asking if I’d be willing, in public, to say why I love Zita the Spacegirl. “Of course!” I replied. I’ve never kept my love of Zita a secret, after all. But then I started thinking. Who cares why I love Zita? [...]

Interview: Danica Novgorodoff on ‘The Undertaking of Lily Chen’

J. Caleb Mozzocco
undertaking

In 2007, artist Danica Novgorodoff was reading through an issue of The Economist magazine when she came across an article about the persistence of the tradition of “ghost marriages” in China—apparently, when some young unmarried men die early, their family members will try to secure a so-called “corpse bride” to bury with them, so that [...]

Interview: James Kochalka on the Glorkian Warrior—and more

Brigid Alverson
Kochalka at MoCCA

James Kochalka’s latest graphic novel, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, is deceptively simple and ridiculously funny. The story of a goofy spaceman on a crazy mission (accompanied by his talking backpack), it is longer than Kochalka’s Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher graphic novels, which just allows more craziness to pile up as the story [...]

Review: Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy On Tour

J. Caleb Mozzocco
monsters & Titans cover

Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy On Tour By Paul Pope Image Comics; $24.99 The first volume of Paul Pope’s Battling Boy, the artist’s long-awaited, long-in-the-works graphic novel series for young readers from publisher First Second, was one of the most anticipated works of 2013. The book itself was just one way for fans of Pope’s [...]

Review: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers A Pizza

J. Caleb Mozzocco
glorkian warrior

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka First Second; $17.99 In writing about the heroic journey in his influential Hero With a Thousand Faces, pop comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell cited “the call to adventure” as the beginning of a mythic quest. James Kochalka’s Glorkian Warrior, a pink-skinned, three-eyed alien dude with a “super [...]

Review: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Lori Henderson
Delilah Dirk

Delilah Dirk is not your average 19th century woman. Raised by globetrotting parents, she has traveled from the courts of Europe to America’s wild west to Japan, picking up not just new skills but a fervent love for adventure. Her chance meeting with the more ordinary Turkish lieutenant Erdemogul Selim takes them both on an [...]