Genius Cover


By Steven T. Seagle; Teddy Kristiansen (Illustrator)

First Second, Paperback, 9781596432635, 126pp.

Publication Date: July 9, 2013


Ted Marx works hard at his career as a quantum physicist. But lately the demands of his job have begun to overwhelm him. Then Ted makes a startling discovery: his wife's father once knew Einstein and claims that Einstein entrusted to him a final, devastating secret a secret even more profound and shattering than the work that led to the first atom bombs. If Ted can convince his father-in-law to tell him what Einstein had to say, his job will be safe. But does he dare reveal Einstein's most dangerous secret to those who might exploit it?

In their comic book "Genius," acclaimed duo Teddy H. Kristiansen and Steven T. Seagle have created an exploration of the heights of intellectual and scientific achievement and the depths of human emotion and confusion.

About the Author

Neil Gaiman has written award-winning books for children and adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book and Coraline, Stardust, and Odd and the Frost Giants. His picture books include Instructions and Blueberry Girl, illustrated by Charles Vess; The Wolves in the Walls, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, and Crazy Hair, illustrated by Dave McKean; and The Dangerous Alphabet, illustrated by Gris Grimly. A baby giant panda once sat on his lap and ate bamboo in Chengdu, China.

Praise For Genius

Starred Review, Booklist, March 1, 2013:"Seagle instills an intellectually minded tale with humble humanity, natural characterizations, and storytelling restraint, letting the visuals speak a good many words and letting others remain hauntingly unspoken." -- Booklist, starred review

Praise for It's a Bird... by Steven Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen: "This remarkable, genre-bending work...details a son's search for his missing father and a writer's struggle to tap his own creative impulse." --People Magazine "Terrifically wry... This is something truly different." --Entertainment Weekly, Editor's Choice "A smart and touching graphic novel." --USA Today "Teddy Kristiansen's painted art remains stunning throughout." -- The Onion "[A] compelling personal story, casting a very real narrator in a painfully real struggle with his family history and himself." --Boston Globe

"Cotton candy masquerading as a meal." -- Kirkus Reviews