Mark Siegel

Mark Siegel (born June 2, 1967 in Ann Arbor, Michigan[1]) is known both as an author, illustrator, and as the editorial director of First Second Books, a Macmillan imprint which publishes graphic novels for all ages[2].

Mark Siegel
Area(s)Penciller, Inker, Editor, Letterer, Colourist
Notable works
Seadogs, An Epic Ocean Operetta

To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel

Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda
"Sailor Twain: or, the Mermaid in the Hudson"


Published worksEdit

His books in print to date are Seadogs, An Epic Ocean Operetta (on a script by children's author Lisa Wheeler)[3], Long Night Moon (on a script by author Cynthia Rylant),[4] To Dance, A Ballerina's Graphic Novel (on a script by his wife Siena Cherson Siegel),[5] Moving House,[6] his first picture book as author and illustrator.

He also illustrated Oskar and the Eight Blessings (on a script by Tanya and Richard Simon)[7], winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature[8]; and How to Read a Story (on a script by Kate Messner.) Siegel is the author of the graphic novel for adults Sailor Twain, or the Mermaid in the Hudson (2012), which was serialized online starting in 2010, a New York Times Bestseller[9].

In 2017, Siegel launched the 5 Worlds graphic novel series,[10] a five-volume science fiction story co-written with his brother Alexis Siegel, and illustrated with Matt Rockefeller, Xanthe Bouma, and Boya Sun.

  • Book one: The Sand Warrior (2017)[11]
  • Book two: The Cobalt Prince (2018)[12]
  • Book three: The Red Maze (2019)[13]
  • Book four: The Amber Anthem (2020)[14]

First Second Books, graphic novel publisherEdit

Under the banner of First Second Books, located in the Flatiron Building in New York City, Siegel is the editor of works by authors and artists such as Ben Hatke,[15] Gene Luen Yang,[16] Jillian Tamaki,[17] Paul Pope,[18] Lewis Trondheim,[19] Jane Yolen,[20] and Adam Rapp.[21]

In 2006, First Second published American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang[2], the first graphic novel ever nominated for a National Book Award[citation needed], and the first ever to win the American Library Association's Edward L. Printz Award.[22][23]

In 2015, First Second published This One Summer by the cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, the first book in any format ever nominated as a finalist for both the American Library Association's Randolph Caldecott Award, and the American Library Association's Edward L. Printz Award.[24]

Lectures and workshopsEdit

Siegel has given lectures and workshops around North America, for authors, artists, librarians, students, executives in many venues, at trade shows, companies, Comic Cons, and animation studios, including Blue Sky, DreamWorks, Disney, and Pixar. [1]



  1. ^ a b "Mark Siegel - Macmillan Speakers Bureau". Macmillan Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  2. ^ a b "It's Time for First Second". Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  3. ^ "Seadogs, An Epic Ocean Operetta (review)". Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  4. ^ "Long Night Moon (Review)". Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  5. ^ "To Dance, A Ballerina's Graphic Novel (Review)". Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  6. ^ "Children's Book Review: Moving House". Publishers Weekly. September 1, 2011. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  7. ^ "Oskar and the Eight Blessings (Review)". MacMillan Press. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Past Winners | Jewish Book Council". Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  9. ^ "Hardcover Graphic Books - Best Sellers". The New York Times. November 4, 2012. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  10. ^ "5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel: 9781101935866 | Books". Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  11. ^ Siegel, Mark; Siegel, Alexis (May 2, 2017). "5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior". Penguin Random house. ISBN 9781101935866. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  12. ^ Siegel, Mark; Siegel, Alexis (May 8, 2018). "5 Worlds Book 2: The Cobalt Prince". Penguin Random house. ISBN 9781101935897. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  13. ^ Siegel, Mark; Siegel, Alexis (May 7, 2019). "5 Worlds Book 3: The Red Maze". Penguin Random house. ISBN 9781101935927. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  14. ^ Siegel, Mark; Siegel, Alexis (May 12, 2020). "5 Worlds Book 4: The Amber Anthem". Penguin Random house. ISBN 9780593120552. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  15. ^ Bauer, Caitlin. ":01 Creators". First Second Books. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  16. ^ Bauer, Caitlin. ":01 Creators". First Second Books. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  17. ^ "This One Summer (Review)". McMillan Publishing. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  18. ^ "Battling Boy (Review)". McMillan Publishing. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  19. ^ "Tiny Tyrant". Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  20. ^ "Foiled (Review)". McMillan Publishing. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  21. ^ "Decelerate Blue". McMillan Publishing. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  22. ^ YALSA, Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books.
  23. ^ George Gene Gustines, Library of Congress Anoints Graphic Novelist as Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, New York Times, 4 January 2016.
  24. ^ Cavna, Michael (2015-02-02). "CALDECOTT, PRINTZ HONORS: 'This One Summer' co-authors 'grateful' for graphic-novel milestone as Honor Book". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  25. ^ Texas Bluebonnet Award Winners
  26. ^ Robert F. Sibert Medal and Honor Books, 2001-present
  27. ^ "Best Books for Kids 2017: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing". The New York Public Library. Retrieved 2018-04-14.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Mark Siegel at Wikimedia Commons