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Exclusive: First Second Announces ‘The Last Pick’ by Jason Walz

We’ve got big news today: We’re delighted to bear the tidings of a new graphic novel from First Second: The Last Pick, by Eisner-nominated creator Jason Walz. And we have a couple of preview pages to whet your appetite. Here are the details:

author photo 2The Last Pick
By Jason Walz
Published by First Second in Fall 2018

Eisner Award-nominated author Jason Walz’s THE LAST PICK is an exploration of the dangers of minimizing the worth of others by labeling them, with family devotion at the heart of the adventure of tackling questions of personal worth and loss. In the book, aliens whisked away every “able-bodied” person from Earth; everyone left behind knows that they were spared because they were too young, too old, or too “disabled.” It’s a bitter pill to be saved because you’re just not good enough—now it’s up to a brother and sister to inspire those left behind to become more than they have been told they are. But far across the galaxy, a mighty alien nation tightens its grip on humanity—it’s time for “the last picked” to step into the game.

Jason Walz is the Eisner nominated creator of HOMESICK, and A STORY FOR DESMOND.  He lives in the icy tundra of Minnesota with his wife and two boys where he hunches over a drawing table most days.

What a cool concept! Here’s the preview:




Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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