Virtual Event: Comics Relief June 2020

Are you a total comics nerd? Check-out Comics Relief: June 2020! This free virtual festival covers some of First Second’s most innovative comics, from Maker Comics to The Adventure Zone. Don’t miss the chance to hear from some of your favorite graphic novel creators from the comfort of your home.

Space Comics

Featured Creators

Jim Ottaviani began writing graphic novels about scientists in 1997. They include The Imitation GamePrimatesFeynman, and Hawking.  His books are New York Times bestsellers, have been translated into over a dozen languages, and have received praise from publications ranging from Nature and Physics World to Entertainment Weekly and

Maris Wicks lives in sunny Somerville, Massachusetts. She is the author behind Human Body Theater, as well as the illustrator of New York Times-bestselling Primates, with Jim Ottaviani. When she’s not making comics, Wicks works as a program educator at the New England Aquarium.

Alison Wilgus is a Brooklyn-based bestselling writer, editor, and cartoonist. She got her start working for Cartoon Network’s Codename: Kids Next Door as a colorist and staff writer. Her work includes Science Comics: Flying Machines, illustrated by Molly Brooks, and The Mars Challenge, illustrated by Wyeth Yates, and Chronin, a science-fiction duology from Tor books and her solo debut.

Maker Comics

Featured Creators

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.

JP Coovert lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he spends his time making as much rad artwork as possible. On the side, he co-runs a record and comic label called One Percent Press. He’s written and drawn almost fifty comics, including his ongoing series, Simple Routines. JP wants to create cool stuff forever, like illustrating every animal on the planet, creating a library full of kids books, and painting a mural on the moon!

Sarah Myer is a comic and storyboard artist hailing from a ten-acre farm in White Hall, Maryland. An old-school anime fan, Sarah has attended anime/comic conventions as a fan and artist alley participant since 1999. She has constructed and worn over fifty costumes. Maker Comics: Create a Costume! is Sarah’s first graphic novel with First Second.

Documentary Comics

Featured Creator

Brian “Box” Brown is a New York Times–bestselling comic artist, writer, and illustrator living in Philadelphia. His published books include Andre the Giant: Life and LegendTetris: The Games People PlayIs This Guy For Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman, and Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America.

Comics Creators Getting Coffee

Featured Creators

Clint McElroy is a 45-year veteran of broadcasting who now works on the popular podcast The Adventure Zone, with his sons Justin, Travis, and Griffin. He is one of the co-writers of The Adventure Zone graphic novels for First Second, along with War of the Realms: Journey into Mystery for Marvel Comics and Marvel Team-Up. Many moons ago he wrote comic books like Green Hornet: Dark Tomorrow, Blood is the Harvest, and the adaptation of the movie Freejack, which sold literally tens of copies . . . which means they are very rare . . . which should mean they are very valuable to collectors . . . and yet, they don’t seem to be. He is currently working with his kids and others on an animated The Adventure Zone TV show for NBC’s Peacock streaming service. He has three “best dad” coffee mugs and six “best grandpa” . . . although the titles have been challenged.

LeUyen Pham is the bestselling illustrator of Real Friends and The Princess in Black series. She wrote and illustrated Big Sister, Little Sister and The Bear Who Wasn’t There. She has illustrated many other picture books, including The Boy Who Loved Math. She lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband and her two adorable sons.