As part of his wonderful Holiday Interview series, Comics Reporter Tom Spurgeon talks to Mark Siegel, the man behind the great – and constantly underrated – First Second Books:
I think part of the mission of First Second is to help win a place in both highbrow culture and popular culture for comics that is long overdue in America. We’re certainly not the only ones trying to do that. I do think we put special effort in terms of speaking different languages for different audiences and putting books out that are aimed to reach across many different kinds of audiences. I’m always interested in books that are really legit and have real cred for people who love and know comics, but can also speak to people that don’t know comics. We’re always looking for ways… I love it, like I’ve heard that Anya’s Ghost was one book that somebody told me what was great about it is that it doesn’t need a secret handshake. It lets you in right away. It’s not necessarily a measure for every book, but for that one I think that’s a real success.
Really good stuff. Go read.