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Preview: Bake a Cake and Fix Your Car with Maker Comics!

We have a real treat for you today: A first look at two of First Second’s new Maker Comics, both of which will debut in Winter 2019: Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! by Falynn Koch and Maker Comics: Fix a Car! by Chris Schweizer. The description of each book is below the preview. Enjoy!

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Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro!
by Falynn Koch
On Sale Winter 2019
First Second Books

Today is the first day of Sage’s magical internship! Her fellow wizards-in-training get to study pyromancy and transfiguration, but Sage has been assigned an internship in . . . baking? She doesn’t think that sounds fun, or particularly magical! But her instructor, Korian, insists that baking is a tasty form of alchemy. In an enchanted kitchen where the ingredients insist that you eat them, Sage learns the simple science behind baking—and that’s the best kind of magic trick!

In Bake Like a Pro!, you’ll learn how different combination of proteins, fats, and liquids will result in textures that lend themselves to perfect pies, breads, cookies, and more! Follow these simple recipes, and you’ll be able to bake a pizza and frost a cake—no magic necessary!

Falynn Koch is a writer and illustrator from Buffalo, New York, who loves traveling with her husband, Tucker, and her dog, Ghost. She has a master’s degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design, is a graduate from the International Culinary Center, and is the former owner of a mac ‘n’ cheese food truck. This is her third book with First Second; the first two are Science Comics: Bats and Science Comics: Plagues.

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Maker Comics: Fix a Car
by Chris Schweizer
On Sale Winter 2019
First Second Books

Lena, Mason, Abner, Rocky, and Esther only have one thing in common: they’re crazy about cars. A few of them already have their driver’s licenses. And even though Rocky and Esther are too young to drive, they still have a lot questions. In Car Club, Ms. Gritt has all the answers. When is the best time to check the oil? How do you change a tire? And why is Mason’s car making that squeaky noise?

Before you get behind the wheel, learn what’s going on underneath the hood. Follow along as Ms. Gritt covers all the basics or preventative maintenance and roadside repairs. Colorful diagrams illustrate the inner workings of complex parts and systems. With Maker Comics: Fix a Car!, you can keep your automobile in tip-top shape!

Chris Schweizer has been a college professor, a hotel manager, a movie theater projectionist, a martial arts instructor, a set builder, a life-drawing model, a bartender, a car wash attendant, a bagboy, a delivery boy, a choirboy, a lawn boy, a sixth-grade social studies teacher, a field hand, a deck hand, a puppeteer for a children’s television show, a kickboxer, and a line worker at a pancake mix factory. But now he’s a cartoonist, and he likes that best.

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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