First Second Books

First Second Books is an American publisher of graphic novels. An imprint of Roaring Brook Press, part of Holtzbrinck Publishers, First Second publishes fiction, biographies, personal memoirs, history, visual essays, and comics journalism. It also publishes graphic non-fiction for young readers, including the Science Comics and History Comics collections, and for adults, including the World Citizen Comics, a line of civics graphic books, and biographical works such as The Accidental Czar.

First Second Books
Parent companyRoaring Brook Press (Macmillan Publishers)
Founded2006 (2006)
Country of originU.S.
Headquarters locationEquitable Building, New York City
Key peopleMark Siegel
Publication typesGraphic novels
Official websiteOfficial website

Some of First Second's biggest hits include The Adventure Zone graphic novel series, the InvestiGators series, and the Real Friends trilogy. Authors and artists published by First Second include Ben Hatke,[1] Gene Luen Yang,[1] Jillian Tamaki,[2] Vera Brosgol, Jen Wang, Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham, and the legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki.[3]

First Second is headed by editorial director Mark Siegel.[4]


First Second launched in U.S. stores and online in May 2006.[5] It was distributed by Macmillan in the rest of the English-speaking world. After the merger in 2010, Macmillan distributes all of the books.

In 2006, First Second published American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang,[6] the first graphic novel ever nominated for a National Book Award,[7] and the first ever to win the American Library Association's Edward L. Printz Award.[8][9]

In 2015, First Second published This One Summer by the cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, the first book in any format ever nominated as a finalist for both the American Library Association's Randolph Caldecott Award, and the American Library Association's Edward L. Printz Award.[10]

Titles (selected)

  • Fall 2007
    • Laika, by Nick Abadzis
  • Spring 2009
    • The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert


  1. Bauer, Caitlin. "01 Creators". First Second Books. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  2. "This One Summer (Review)". McMillan Publishing. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  3. September 13, Christian Holub; EDT, 2022 at 12:00 PM. "See how Hayao Miyazaki's graphic novel 'Shuna's Journey' foreshadowed his classic films". Retrieved 2022-10-16.
  4. "See the Covers for 14 Graphic Novels by Gene Yang, Jason Shiga, and More".
  5. "Graphic Novel Publisher First Second Celebrates Ten Years".
  6. "It's Time for First Second". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  7. MacDonald, Heidi (2007-01-23). "Syndicated Comics". The Beat. Retrieved 2022-10-16.
  8. YALSA, Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books.
  9. George Gene Gustines, Library of Congress Anoints Graphic Novelist as Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, The New York Times, January 4, 2016.
  10. Cavna, Michael (February 2, 2015). "CALDECOTT, PRINTZ HONORS: 'This One Summer' co-authors 'grateful' for graphic-novel milestone as Honor Book". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  11. "See the Covers for 14 Graphic Novels by Gene Yang, Jason Shiga, and More".
  12. "Book Deals: Week of October 24, 2016".
  13. "First Second Exclusive: David Carlson and Landis Blair Announce the Hunting Accident, A Crime Family Drama". 7 October 2016.
  14. Entertainment Weekly: First Look at First Second's Spring 2018 Graphic Novels
  15. "Fall 2018 First Second Cover Reveal". First Second Books. 2018-01-08.
  16. Gagliano, Gina (2017-05-09). "Winter 2018 First Second Cover Reveal". First Second Books. Retrieved 2020-04-10.
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