Official Press Release
NEW YORK, JUNE 3, 2005: Graphic novel publisher FIRST SECOND, a newimprint of Roaring Brook Press, today announced a world English-languagepublishing agreement with the United Kingdom's Pan Macmillan. Under theagreement, the First Second list will be published simultaneously in NewYork and London and distributed in English throughout the world.
Commenting on the agreement, Simon Boughton, Publisher of Roaring BrookPress, said, "Interest in graphic novels is exploding not just in theU.S., but in the U.K. and throughout the world, and First Second wasfounded with a vision of a truly global market. Our agreement withMacmillan means that First Second books will have a worldwide presencefrom day one. It's an exciting beginning-and the shape of things to come."
Emma Hopkin, Managing Director of Macmillan Children's Books, who willhave responsibility for First Second in the U.K., said, "We aredelighted to have reached an agreement with First Second. Graphic novelsare generating much interest in the U.K. and European markets and it isexciting to launch with such a strong and vibrant range."
Pan Macmillan will appoint a brand manager to oversee First Second'sbusiness in the United Kingdom. First Second's publishing and editorialoffices are located in New York under the direction of EditorialDirector Mark Siegel.
First Second is a publisher of original, high-quality graphic novels forreaders in a wide age range, from middle grade to teen to adult. It willpublish its first titles in Spring 2006. Highlights from the 2006 listsinclude Fate of the Artist by Eddie Campbell, author of the popular"From Hell" comics; the first U.S. publication of Emmanuel Guibert andJoann Sfar's "Sardine" series; Laika, the story of the dog sent intospace by the Soviet Union (from the dog's point of view) by Britishauthor/artist Nick Abadzis; and the first installment in a breathtakingnew series set in a lost American world, Grady Klein's "Lost Colony."
First Second is a new imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division ofHoltzbrinck Publishers U.S., which also includes the trade publishinghouses of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt and Company, St. Martin'sPress, Tor Books, Picador, and Audio Renaissance. In addition to PanMacmillan, its U.K. trade division, Macmillan Ltd. publishes for theeducational, academic, scientific, and technical markets, and hasoffices in 41 countries worldwide. Holtzbrinck Publishers U.S. andMacmillan Ltd. are subsidiaries of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck,GmbH.