First Second Announce Their Winter 2015 Slate

Maybe they’ve already announced this, but The Spire is a new site and I know that it hasn’t been announced here yet. So! First Second have announced the line-up for their Winter 2015 books via a press release, and I can now happily present to you the first time The Spire will tell you about them. Perhaps I’m on track with every other site, and they’ll be announcing them concurrently. Perhaps I’m six months behind. The important thing is: got there in the end, right?

At any rate, First Second tend to announce their new releases in clutches. They have a set of books which come out across Spring, for example, and a set of books for Winter. They publish full, complete graphic novels, rather than serialised floppy issues. And this Winter, they seem to be hitting a whole range of people. Here’s what we’ve got to look forward to:


The Sculptor, by Scott McCloud – we can’t wait to share this wonderful graphic novel full of magical realism with you!


The Last of the Sandwalkers, by Jay Hosler – this world full of beetles is about to discover that other new, dangerous, and exciting life forms exist.


Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula, by Andi Watson – when Princess Decomposia begins to run the underworld, she’s going to need some help . . . and who better than a vampire chef?


Sleepless Knight, by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost – the first Adventures in Cartooning picture book comic is adorable, and full of knights and marshmallows and adventure!


Ares: Bringer of War, by George O’Connor – it’s the Trojan War, from the perspective of the pantheon of Greek gods instead of the mortals.


The Stranger, by Bastien Vivès, Michaël Sanlaville, and Balak – the first volume of the Last Man series, these books are filled with magical-medieval combat possibly in another dimension.

Having heard of a few names and not some of the others, my first instinct is that the Ares book smashes me square in the weak spot. That sounds absolutely fantastic, and the cover looks fun – my favourite is the sixth one from the left, who seems like he’s pretty worried about the weird laser-brain activity going on in front of him. That Sleepless Knight book, though, too – boy oh boy does that looks like it’ll be good fun.

Keep to The Spire! I’ll be keeping an eye on all these 2015 releases – and talking more about their plans for this year, as they come along.


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