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First Second to publish Venable & Wagner’s ‘Kiss Number Eight’

kiss number eightFirst Second Books has acquired the rights to Kiss Number Eight, a young-adult graphic novel by Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye writer Colleen AF Venable and newcomer Leela Wagner.

Set for release in 2016, the coming-of-age story is described as “an exploration of sexuality, family and faith” that centers on Amanda, who’s trying to figure out what the big deal is about kissing.

“I wanted to write a hopeful book about growing up queer in a conservative community — both in the present day but also in the past — inspired partially by my older sister’s coming out and the reaction of my very Catholic family, both good and bad, “Venable, an Eisner nominee and senior designer for First Second, said in a statement.

Wagner added, “When I read the script for Kiss Number Eight, I had this fantasy about if I were a decade younger, and I got to read this comic for the first time when I was Amanda’s age, and how much it would mean to me.  I remember the teenage feeling of a book having been written for me, and I think probably it would be one of those ‘I want to make comics’ or possibly ‘I want to be Colleen AF Venable’ moments. “

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Sounds cool. But as I’ve said before for First Second books, why are they telling us now? The book comes out in 2+ years…

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