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Following up their greatly acclaimed 'Nursery Rhyme Comics' collection, on September 24th, First Second Books will release a new companion volume, 'Fairy Tale Comics'.  The formula is simple: take some of the world's most famous stories, hand them over to some of the world's best comic artists, and let magic ensue – and what ensues is one of the best all-ages graphic novels I've ever seen.  Contributors include Ramona Fradon, Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, David Mazzucchelli, Emily Carroll, Brett Helquist, Raina Telgemeier, Jillian Tamaki, Craig Thompson, and many other top-flight creators.  And as a special treat for MTV Geek Readers, we've teamed with our friends at First Second to bring you an exclusive five-page preview of the book – read on for a taste of Gilbert Hernandez's twisted take on the tale of Hansel And Gretel! Read More...

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This Autumn not only brings an amazing assortment of new comic books, but an equally incredible array of bookshelf-worthy original works and collected editions (for those who like their sequential art in sturdier formats).  So following up on the list of our 10 Most Anticipated New Comics, I also want to offer up my list of Fall's Half-Dozen Most Anticipated Graphic Novels! Read More...

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Among the many amazing comics we're showcasing in our Fall Previews, Battling Boy is certainly one of the most anticipated.  It's Paul Pope's first long-form work in seven years, since his greatly acclaimed 'Batman: Year 100'.  It's the first of his books to be released by First Second, a publisher with an established track record of reaching readers beyond the normal comic-shop audience.  And it just might be his best work to date; a story of a twelve-year-old that stands up to rampaging monsters and becomes the champion of his people, a rip-roaring superhero adventure for the ages.

So, we here at MTV Geek have teamed up with our friends at First Second to bring you an exclusive six-page preview.  Read on, and get psyched to read the full story when Battling Boy hits comic shop shelves on October 8th! Read More...

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There are always two sides to every conflict, and with First Second's “Boxers & Saints,” Gene Luen Yang explores characters on opposite ends of the Boxer Rebellion. Little Bao, a Boxer, and Vibiana, a Chinese Christian convert, take turns being both protagonist and antagonist.

It’s Yang’s first historical work, and while it’s darker than fans of “American Born Chinese” might expect, it still retains multiple instances of Yang’s well-known humor and light-heartedness. Yang spoke to MTV Geek about his inspiration for this sweeping and epic new project, the historical basis for the story, his use of magical realism with Chinese gods and Joan of Arc, and what other projects he has up his sleeve.

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Paul Pope and First Second Books are teasing Pope's long-awaited graphic novel "Battling Boy" with First Second's first ever floppy, "The Death of Haggard West" and we've got an exclusive at Pope's initial sketch of the cover.

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Last week, First Second Books released "Primates", an all-ages historical graphic novel that tells the story of famed primatologists Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas – and to celebrate the book's launch, we got the chance to talk to writer Jim Ottaviani and artist Maris Wicks about their creative process and the inspiration behind this project.

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"Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong" is a new graphic novel from First Second Books that perfectly captures the hijinks and insanity of classic teen movies while maintaining a distinctly modern flavor.  We talked to creators Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks about their inspirations for this project, their collaborative process, and the process of capturing a teenage world that's simultaneously exaggerated and immediately identifiable.

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Welcome to MTV Geek's New Comic Book Day Pull-List! Each week, we'll look at the best new releases hitting comic shops, and point you at the books you should be reading.  Read More...

Watch: Boaz Yakin On Jerusalem

Writer and filmmaker Boaz Yakin sat down to tell us about his new graphic novel, from First Second Books, "Jerusalem." Yakin chose to tell the story of his family who have been living in Jerusalem since the 1890s. He told us, "I wanted to capture the spirit and the mood of what they experienced in the '40s. It was a pretty tumultuous and defining period there."

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Watch: Matt Kindt's Red Handed Book Signing

Matt Kindt's "Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes" is out tomorrow, May 7, and First Second Books sent over this exclusive (and hot) look at how the creator is signing copies of his mystery graphic novel...and yeah, it's dangerous!

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Cartoonist and cook and Lucy Knisley invited us into her kitchen to cook up some delightful sauteed carrots and talk her new graphic memoir/cookbook from First Second Books, "Relish: My Life in the Kitchen."

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Watch: George O'Connor On 'Poseidon: Earth Shaker'

Throughout four volumes of his "Olympians" series, George O'Connor has told the graphic tales of "Hades," "Hera," "Zeus, " and others. Now in Volume 5, the cartoonist enters the underwater world of the sea-god in "Poseidon: Earth Shaker."

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Santa Claus is feeling left behind thanks to the tech and video game-savvy youths of the 21st century who no longer need the fat man's elfmade goodies. So St. Nick, one of his elves and their pal the Knight decide to create a comic that'll hopefully get the kids to drop their fancy gadgets and pick up a pencil and paper to create their own comic books. James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost's rhyming all-ages graphic novel, "Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special" from First Second Books serves as both the story of a Christmas wish as a christmas wish itself, since the creative team hopes "Adventures" will inspire real-life kids to take a breather from all the screen-staring to embrace their creativity by producing homemade comics. In fact, at the end of the comic, children are asked to send a comic to Santa instead of the standard letter.

I spoke with James Sturm about the inspiration of "Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special," the Center for Cartoon Studies (which he co-founded) and the comics that "Christmas Special" has inspired so far.

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Earlier this week, we posted an exclusive trailer for First Second's fun - but heartfelt - new barbarians versus zombies book Broxo. Now we've got a chat with the author of the book, Zack Giallongo... Though he's worked in mini-comics before, this is a remarkably assured debut OGN for the writer/artist, well worth checking out:

MTV Geek: Can you talk a little bit about the genesis of Broxo? It almost feels like we jump into a fully formed world right from the start, but I imagine that's a lot of hard work and outlining before you even got into the process...

Zack Giallongo: Yeah. Even though we only see a small glimpse of the region for a short period of time, I had to know what was possible on Peryton Peak, what the world beyond is like, and what had gone before in Penthosian history. I had thought, in the beginning, that I had a handle on it, but my editor, Calista Brill, had me step back and do some really serious world building before I went ahead with the story. There are hints in the final narrative as to what the rest of the region is like, but it all exists in notes and drawings. The Five Clans are all fleshed out as well as their history and customs. I love field guides and bestiaries, so over the summer I took my notes and created something like 15 D&D Monstrous Manual-style entries for the various creatures on Peryton Peak and posted them to the MacTeen blog. Read More...

You guys like zombies, right? How about barbarians fighting zombies? Okay, how about semi-adorable, but still totally intense zombie fighting barbarians? Well good news: First Second has a book for you, and it's called "Broxo." But rather than listening to us crank on about it, right up above you can check out an awesome "live action" trailer for the book that'll give you the whole rundown of the plot.

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