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Graphic Novel Publisher FIRST SECOND Announced Deal with Pan MacMillan

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Graphic Novel Publisher FIRST SECOND Announced Deal with Pan MacMillan

Official Press Release

NEW YORK, JUNE 3, 2005: Graphic novel publisher FIRST SECOND, a new
imprint of Roaring Brook Press, today announced a world English-language
publishing agreement with the United Kingdom’s Pan Macmillan. Under the
agreement, the First Second list will be published simultaneously in New
York and London and distributed in English throughout the world.

Commenting on the agreement, Simon Boughton, Publisher of Roaring Brook
Press, said, “Interest in graphic novels is exploding not just in the
U.S., but in the U.K. and throughout the world, and First Second was
founded with a vision of a truly global market. Our agreement with
Macmillan means that First Second books will have a worldwide presence
from day one. It’s an exciting beginning-and the shape of things to come.”

Emma Hopkin, Managing Director of Macmillan Children’s Books, who will
have responsibility for First Second in the U.K., said, “We are
delighted to have reached an agreement with First Second. Graphic novels
are generating much interest in the U.K. and European markets and it is
exciting to launch with such a strong and vibrant range.”

Pan Macmillan will appoint a brand manager to oversee First Second’s
business in the United Kingdom. First Second’s publishing and editorial
offices are located in New York under the direction of Editorial
Director Mark Siegel.

First Second is a publisher of original, high-quality graphic novels for
readers in a wide age range, from middle grade to teen to adult. It will
publish its first titles in Spring 2006. Highlights from the 2006 lists
include Fate of the Artist by Eddie Campbell, author of the popular
“From Hell” comics; the first U.S. publication of Emmanuel Guibert and
Joann Sfar’s “Sardine” series; Laika, the story of the dog sent into
space by the Soviet Union (from the dog’s point of view) by British
author/artist Nick Abadzis; and the first installment in a breathtaking
new series set in a lost American world, Grady Klein’s “Lost Colony.”

First Second is a new imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division of
Holtzbrinck Publishers U.S., which also includes the trade publishing
houses of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt and Company, St. Martin’s
Press, Tor Books, Picador, and Audio Renaissance. In addition to Pan
Macmillan, its U.K. trade division, Macmillan Ltd. publishes for the
educational, academic, scientific, and technical markets, and has
offices in 41 countries worldwide. Holtzbrinck Publishers U.S. and
Macmillan Ltd. are subsidiaries of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck,

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