It’s Gene Yang and Sonny Liew’s updated golden age hero: The Green Turtle!
One from Ben Hatke’s ZITA THE SPACEGIRL visits the First Second booth at San Diego Comic-Con!
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures giveaway ( and a look at my messy desk). More here:
References to Final Art in Little Robot.
PWPLS:Teens is proud to present an exclusive interview with Ben Hatke, one of our very favorite graphic novelists and author of the Zita the Spacegirl series. His most recent book is The Return of Zita the Spacegirl, the third volume in the series, which follows the continuing adventures of a young girl who has been transported through a portal into the far reaches of space.
PWPLS: What were some of your favorite books and/or comics as a teenager?
Ben Hatke: Elfquest by Wendy and Richard Pini, Sherlock Holmes stories, The Hobbit! One of my favorite picture books has always been Rotten Island by William Steig. (I still liked that even as a teen). The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander were also favorites. My mom started feeding me Stephen King stories when I was a teenager, too, and I remember losing sleep over the idea of a wind-up monkey.
PWPLS: When did you start making comics? What was your first story about?
BH: I started making comics early. I started with comic strips. One of my first ones was very much influenced by Garfield, but was about a group of birds. Birds who played together in a rock band.
Later in about 7th grade, I made a short graphic novel (probably only 35 or 40 pages) about my friends and me. It was a Halloween story about all the jack-o-lanterns coming to life and attacking people.
Ben Hatke draws ZITA THE SPACEGIRL at the NYPL Summer Reading Kick-Off!
We’re very excited about Ben Hatke’s next book — a picture book comic that’ll be in stores in September. It’s called Julia’s House for Lost Creatures, and it’s absolutely adorable.
How can you resist this red-headed heroine and her collection of fantastical creatures?
Check out more photos of our advance copy on the :01 blog: http://www.firstsecondbooks.com/books/new-book-julias-house-for-lost-creatures/
Congratulations to Ben Hatke and The Return of Zita the Spacegirl, which is #1 on the New York Times Best-Seller list this week!
Zita, we’ve enjoyed having this adventure with you so much.
Why I love Zita-
Ben Hatke is magical. Every reader who’s picked up his books has felt it surging through them. We all love Zita. We all want to be more like Zita. Even when she fails or is so completely stubborn that it’s nearly impossible to not shake the pages, yelling “Zita! Run! Stop trying to help everyone!” One piece of evidence of Ben’s magic is his ability to hit on every emotion without the help of words. The first time Zita puts on her costume. The “extras” in the book having their silent moments of joy or confusion. The panels that remind us that even though Zita is a space hero, she’s also still a little kid. The silent panels in the Zita the Spacegirl series have warmed my heart, made me laugh, or made me yell “SERIOUSLY ZITA! I MEAN IT! GET OUT OF THERE!” So many books rush you through them, but I’m so grateful for those silent moment I get to linger with Zita a little longer.
-Colleen AF Venable
(who was lucky enough to design of the Zita the Spacegirl series by Ben Hatke)
MECAF! It’s where First Second will be this weekend, with Ben Hatke (The Return of Zita the Spacegirl).
Stop by our table and say hi!
One of the winners of last night’s Zita the Spacegirl costume contest at The Book People in Moscow, ID. They asked me to make up some categories and judge the costumes over skype.
This girl won “most adorable.”