Alison Wilgus

Alison Wilgus - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Freelance editor with a specialty in genre fiction, comics and graphic novels. Currently working for First Second Books.

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Overview

I'm a freelance editor with a specialty in genre fiction, comics and graphic novels. As a writer and cartoonist who creates my own work, I understand the unique challenges of comics as medium, and work closely with creators to take care of their books as well as their sanity. I see myself as a champion of your vision -- rather than try and wrangle your book into what I think it should be, I prefer to collaborate with authors whose work I believe in and understand, and then help to shape those books into the best possible versions of themselves

I've been working in comics publishing for over a decade, and I'm currently editing two titles with First Second Books -- The Adventure Zone series, and another unannounced podcast adaptation. I was also co-editor of a quarterly SFF magazine, The Sockdolager.

I identify as queer, and would be happy to work with authors across the spectrum of gender and sexuality.

Within genre fiction, I have a particular interest in SF and fantasy. I'm also comfortable editing erotica.
Languages
English (US)
Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Fantasy
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Science Fiction
Short Story

Work experience

Freelance Developmental and Production Editor

First Second Books
February, 2018 – Present (over 2 years)

As a freelance developmental and production editor of graphic novels, I work with authors from the ground up, starting with big picture phone calls and moving through outlines, scripts and revisions, thumbnails, pencils, etc, all the way to the final book. I help to facilitate collaboration between members of creative teams as they agree on deadlines, exchange notes on each others' work, and make decisions about the content and direction of the book. I also work with in-house editorial and production people to coordinate other details including jacket copy, book maps, sensitivity readers, copyediting and proofing passes, and generally keeping the book on schedule.

Co-editor

The Sockdolager
March, 2015 – August, 2017 (over 2 years)

As co-editor of The Sockdolager, I read through short fiction submissions, acquired pieces for publication, worked closely with authors to polish their stories, designed covers and illustrations, and assembled both the online and print editions of the magazine.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited!

Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch

This format is designed to be read on color devices and cannot be read on black-and-white e-readers. In the second Adventure Zone graphic novel (adapted from the McElroy family's wildly popular D&D podcast), we rejoin hero-adjacent sort-of-comrades-in-arms Taako, Magnus, and Merle on a wild careen through a D&D railroad murder mystery. This installment has a little of everything: a genius chil... read more

This format is designed to be read on color devices and cannot be read on black-and-white e-readers. In the second Adventure Zone graphic novel (adapted from the McElroy family's wildly popular D&D podcast), we rejoin hero-adjacent sort-of-comrades-in-arms Taako, Magnus, and Merle on a wild careen through a D&D railroad murder mystery. This installment has a little of everything: a genius chil... read more

The Sockdolager: Fall 2016

Marissa Lingen, Julia August, Nin Harris, Naru Dames Sundar, Aimee Ogden, JY Yang, Becky Allyn Johnson, Michelle Ann King

The Fall 2016 issue of The Sockdolager contains (among other things) tales of: Woman versus River Goddess, Man versus Butter Goddess, Villagers versus The Vain Ambitions of Empire, and Truck versus The Inexorable March of Time.

The Fall 2016 issue of The Sockdolager contains (among other things) tales of: Woman versus River Goddess, Man versus Butter Goddess, Villagers versus The Vain Ambitions of Empire, and Truck versus The Inexorable March of Time.

Chronin Volume 1: The Knife at Your Back

Alison Wilgus

Alison Wilgus's Chronin Volume 1: The Knife at Your Back: is an action-packed, time travel adventure--first in a graphic novel duology.Her name is Mirai Yoshida.She was not born in Japan.She is not supposed to be in 1864.But, through a time-travel mishap, Mirai is stuck with no way out. Help may be found when she befriends Hatsu, a humble tea mistress harboring a dangerous secret. Yet time is ... read more

Alison Wilgus's Chronin Volume 1: The Knife at Your Back: is an action-packed, time travel adventure--first in a graphic novel duology.Her name is Mirai Yoshida.She was not born in Japan.She is not supposed to be in 1864.But, through a time-travel mishap, Mirai is stuck with no way out. Help may be found when she befriends Hatsu, a humble tea mistress harboring a dangerous secret. Yet time is ... read more

Chronin Volume 2: The Sword in Your Hand

Alison Wilgus

Samurai Jack meets Back to the Future in Alison Wilgus’s Chronin Volume 2: The Sword in Your Hand, a thrilling conclusion to a time-bending graphic novel duology Japan's history will never be the same. The timeline has veered off course with the abrupt deaths of prominent players in the nation's past, influencers who were supposed to start the Meiji Restoration. Now Mirai Yoshida, former Japan... read more

Samurai Jack meets Back to the Future in Alison Wilgus’s Chronin Volume 2: The Sword in Your Hand, a thrilling conclusion to a time-bending graphic novel duology Japan's history will never be the same. The timeline has veered off course with the abrupt deaths of prominent players in the nation's past, influencers who were supposed to start the Meiji Restoration. Now Mirai Yoshida, former Japan... read more

Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared

Alison Wilgus

A National Science Teachers Association Best STEM Books of 2017Take to the skies with Flying Machines!Follow the famous aviators from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the fields of North Carolina where they were to make their famous flights. In an era of dirigibles and hot air balloons, the Wright Brothers were among the first innovators of heavier than air flight. But in the hotly compe... read more

A National Science Teachers Association Best STEM Books of 2017Take to the skies with Flying Machines!Follow the famous aviators from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the fields of North Carolina where they were to make their famous flights. In an era of dirigibles and hot air balloons, the Wright Brothers were among the first innovators of heavier than air flight. But in the hotly compe... read more

The Sockdolager: Summer 2016

Mel Kassel, Michael Milne, Jennifer R. Donohue, Nathaniel Williams, Shaenon Garrity, Alter S. Reiss, Rebecca Campbell

Behold! The Sumer 2016 issue of The Sockdolager! Seven brilliant tales of hot seagull boys, zombie cover bands, universe-hopping office jobs, and more.

Behold! The Sumer 2016 issue of The Sockdolager! Seven brilliant tales of hot seagull boys, zombie cover bands, universe-hopping office jobs, and more.

The Sockdolager: Spring 2015

Rhiannon Rasmussen, Laurence Brothers, A. E. Decker, Deborah Walker, Stewart C Baker, Jamie Lackey, Philip Brian Hall, Mike Reeves-McMillan

Robots, unicorns, showdowns, sentient spaceships and post-apocalyptic libraries, all in the first issue of THE SOCKDOLAGER! This collection of science fiction & fantasy contains dight stories eight tales of strange adventure—but not in a stupid way. In a fun, beautiful, eerie, wonderful way. And you don't have to take my word for it.

Robots, unicorns, showdowns, sentient spaceships and post-apocalyptic libraries, all in the first issue of THE SOCKDOLAGER! This collection of science fiction & fantasy contains dight stories eight tales of strange adventure—but not in a stupid way. In a fun, beautiful, eerie, wonderful way. And you don't have to take my word for it.

The Last Airbender: Prequel: Zuko's Story

Dave Roman, Alison Wilgus

THE SON WILL RISE Prince Zuko is banished from the Fire Nation by his own father, Fire Lord Ozai. Horribly scarred and stripped of everything he holds dear, Zuko wanders the earth for almost three years in search of his only chance at redemption: the Avatar, a mystical being who once kept the four nations in balance. All around him, people whisper that this is an impossible task—the Avatar, af... read more

THE SON WILL RISE Prince Zuko is banished from the Fire Nation by his own father, Fire Lord Ozai. Horribly scarred and stripped of everything he holds dear, Zuko wanders the earth for almost three years in search of his only chance at redemption: the Avatar, a mystical being who once kept the four nations in balance. All around him, people whisper that this is an impossible task—the Avatar, af... read more

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