Dragons Beware!

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"Dragons Beware"May 12th, 2015
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Sneak Peek: Monsters Beware! (COMING MARCH 13!)

Want a sneak peek at MONSTERS BEWARE? Out on March 13th! GO HERE


And our first review:

“[Monsters Beware!] plays out with energy and charm in Rosado’s swift, modern cartooning… the story never loses sight of the fact that friendship trumps winning, intelligence and diplomacy have their place in victory, and that it’s not just shape but intention that makes a monster.”—Booklist”


Giants Beware in Iran

I love this photo of our book, GIANTS BEWARE on a bookshelf in Iran. Our book travels far more than I do.  — JorgeIMG_1815


Where do I start with this??? 1) MONSTERS BEWARE COVER REVEAL! 2) A sneak peak at First Second Books Graphic Novel releases for next Winter 3) I want every single book being released. New stuff from George O’Connor, Nate Powell, Cory Doctorow/Jen Wang, Penelope Bagieu, Sara Varon, Gene Luen Yang, a robots and drones book! 4) I would skip summer this year Just to get to winter faster.…/monsters-beware-by-jorge-aguirre-and-rafael… via Entertainment Weekly



Rafael and I are thrilled to have created a graphic review of one our favorite books for the New York Times. The book: THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Diaz.

Check it out in the Jan 8th Sunday New York Times! This was so much fun to do and we love how it turned out. If you haven’t read Junot’s New Jersey-Latino-nerdboy masterpiece yet read it today! (PS: Not for young kids – the review or the book!)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Reviewed by Jorge & Rafael


We’ve got your back!

“We’ve got your back!”


Rafael & Jorge + Claudette and Friends


Rafael Finishes Inks on Book 3!

Great news! This week, Rafael finished inking Book #3 of the Chronicles of Claudette, MONSTERS BEWARE. Find out what’s next and how Rafael is recovering…


JORGE: Congratulations, Raf! So let’s see, it’s been about a year since you started inking the roughs of Book 3. How does it feel? (Ed Note: Rafael does a rough version of the book then goes back and to re-draw every single line).

RAFAEL: I feel like I want to take a really long nap. But I do feel really happy about being done with this part of the process. There’s still work left to be done though. Our colorist, John Novak,
still needs to do the colors, and I need to do the cover.

JORGE: Making a graphic novel is like competing in a triathlon, huh?

RAFAEL: Yeah, I made it through the swimming part, but we still need to do the long-distance running and ride a bike up the mountain before the Finish Line.

JORGE: So completing something so massive like inking a whole graphic novel, it sounds like it’s a mixed bag?img_3791

RAFAEL: Right. I feel a great sense of relief. I’ve been working on it non-stop for a year. I was doing my regular TV animation work during the day and then nights, weekends, any spare time I can steal, I would ink our book. But now that I’m done it’s like there’s a big gaping hole in my life. I feel like I almost don’t know what to do myself right now. I think I’m going to need to find another project to fill this creative hole.

JORGE: How many pages did you ink?

RAFAEL: I don’t ink in the traditional sense with pen and paper. I do digital inking in Photoshop. I inked 157 pages for this book, which was the same amount of pages I did for Book 2, DRAGONS BEWARE.img_3789

JORGE: Which of the three books was the hardest to ink and which one was the easiest?

RAFAEL: Well, each book presented its own challenges. With the first book, GIANTS BEWARE, it was the first time I’d ever done digital inking using Photoshop in a project that massive. It took me awhile to get used doing it that way, but I liked the results. Book 2, DRAGONS BEWARE, was challenging because of the scope and amount of characters and environments. Book 3, MONSTERS BEWARE was the easiest because I was used to drawing these characters, environments, and I used a whole new set of digital brushes that felt closest to pen and ink.

JORGE: Enjoy your nap, Raf!

RAFAEL: Thanks I will.


Rafael gets encouragement from his daughter.



Lamby Life is Here! By Novak


The super-talented colorist of our books (and our pal), JOHN NOVAK has come out with an adorable, fun new comic.

Introducing Lamby Life! A Mini Comic by John Novak 

Astute readers may remember the lambies from their brief cameo on this blog several years ago, getting a Lamby tutorial on coloring from John’s daughter Maggie. 

Now you can catch up on the lambies’ adventures in a family-produced mini comic, Lamby Life!  Learn how to make their friend Pablo’s famously delicious concoction, a “Cizzy Joe”! Marvel at the moves they learned at ninja camp! Get inspired by just how many accessories you can make out of tissues! 

John and Maggie will be offering another coloring tutorial this summer at the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival, along with other awesome activities like a quick draw with Rafael and Amelia Rosado, a digital painting demonstration with Kazu Kibuishi, signings by Cece Bell, Tom Angleberger, Ben Hatke, Nathan Hale, Zack Giallongo, and tons of other great comic creators.

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