Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland

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January 18, 2018

My Village

One of the best parts of Spill Zone for everyone over here on team ‘Zone has been seeing how Scott and Alex bring the real world location of Poughkeepsie to life. But as we are learning more and more, Po’ Town isn’t the only place impacted by the spill. Don Jae  is, as far as we know, the only survivor of the spill in DPRK and we love this moment of seeing the Po’ Town zone for the first time. It does a great job re establishing not just how weird the zone is, but also how weird the consumer culture that has developed outside of the zone is.

And how much do you love the fact that while Don Jae might be a crazy super being of unknown power, he also really just wants a stuffed animal?

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January 10, 2018

Talk to me

We don’t know about you, but everyone over here on team Spill Zone is absolutely loving all of these conversations between character’s we didn’t know we needed. If Addison is able to talk to Vespertine and move things with her mind, what else will she be able to do? And more importantly, who do you think is going to meet up next week?

On that note, we’ve got a little sneak preview for you! Let us know what you think.

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5 days ago

When does the webcomic come out?

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January 3, 2018

The Truth of the Zone

Happy New Year from the Zone!

Woah. This installment was a wild one, wasn’t it? I guess Tanea didn’t do such a good job following Addison’s instructions, but I suppose throwing caution to the wind is not a surprising trait for a person with such a large collection of illegal art. Not only did we finally start to get some answers about the true nature of the zone, but we also got some of the most beautiful visuals has yet to offer.

What do you think? Is Don Jae and Tanea the team up of the century? Will Reginald be okay? What do you think Tanea meant by “A civil war…”?

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December 13, 2017

“Maybe you need some new toys…”

In this week’s installment, Don Jae gets to know Addison Merritt through her photography, and speculates that the Zone may have bigger plans for him than the North Korean government is aware of. Addison gets her sister Lexa alone and finally has a chance to talk to her without Vespertine’s ever present watchful eye. Will she get some answers about where Vespertine came from, and what she really is?


You’ll just have to wait and see, next Wednesday!

-Team Spill Zone

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3 weeks ago

i have love this it such a great book .love to see book 2

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November 29, 2017

Fistful of Dollars

Addison’s been paid, and Marty is back.

It may not be what we hope for, but it seems like things aren’t going to get easier from here on out.



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November 15, 2017

Back in the Big City

I don’t know about you, but everyone on team Spill Zone was pretty excited to see our very own patron of urban exploration and disaster art, Tanea Vandersloot, again. I know it wasn’t the warmest of reunions, but lets be honest, Tanea and Addison probably prefer it that way.

In other news, this installment has a lot more questions than answers. What’s going on with Addison? Is Tanea going to let curiosity get the better of her? And who was that waiting out by the car?

You’ll just have to come back next week to find out.

See you then,

-Team Spill Zone

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Zoe Rose
2 months ago

I love the book but i really want to know how and why it happened

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November 8, 2017

The Broken Vow

Welcome back, Spill Zone Fans!

You’ve all been incredibly patient, and we are very excited to be picking up right where we left of as we start the serialization of Spill Zone: The Broken Vow!

Last month we put out the call for Spill Zone fan art as part of our first official Spill Zone Fan Art contest, and now we need your help deciding a winner. Vote below to choose your favorite from the five finalists.

Wolf King by instagram user nonsketch

Flatsville by instagram user book_freakout

Wolf King and Addison by instagram user bunnymaelstrom

Spill Zone main cast by instagram user romanoblue36

90’s toy dance party by instagram user booksonhold



Cast your vote in the Spill Zone Fan Art Contest

nonsketch – Wolf King
book_freakout – Flatsville
bunnymaelstrom – Wolf King & Addison
booksonhold – 90’s toy dance party
romanoblue36 – Spill Zone main cast

See you next week!

-Team Spill Zone

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Liza Wiemer
3 months ago

Great fan art! It was a tough choice to choose just one. Congrats to all.

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October 26, 2017


You’ve been asking for the chance to read our Free Comic Book Day comic since it was initially announced, and the day is finally here.

I’ve always had a thing for imaginary friends. Whether invisible or in doll form, these childhood familiars occupy the twilight between innocent kid magic and the uncanny, eldritch fears of adults. Hence horror’s fascination with scary dolls, murderous clowns, an the monsters under the bed.

What if your imaginary friend wasn’t simply a doll? What if she came from another  place, somewhere truly alien and sinister? And what if that world was spilling into ours?

Spill Night is a prequel to Spill Zone, and you’re probably still have lots of questions. Like what really happened the night of the spill? And what link does the Spill have to do with Vespertine? This story should give you a few new clues.

Be on the lookout, there’s more coming soon.

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Jeff H
3 months ago

Will the prequel comic be available in the next volume? Loved Volume 1. Can't wait for more!

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October 4, 2017

Announcing the Spill Zone Fan Art Contest

Greetings SPILL ZONE fans!

We know news from the zone has been scarce for a while, but it’s the one year anniversary of the web comic, and we are excited to announce one of our most exciting events yet.

The Spill Zone Fan Art Contest starts today, and the winner will receive:

  • a signed personalized copy of the book
  • a signed Spill Zone phone case with an variant cover design
  • an exclusive Spill Zone art print,
  • the chance for their art to be featured here and in the official :01 First Second Books fan newsletter.

Entering is easy! Just follow :01firstsecond on instagram, and use #SpillZoneFanArtContest when you post your best Addison, Alexa, Vespertine, King Wolf Thing (shudder) or whatever else you’ve got up your sleeve before 10/31. We’ll post the five finalists right here on the site for a short voting period, and then we’ll have something even more exciting to announce…



No purchase necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C. and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age 13 or older. Entry period begins at 12:01 am Eastern Time (ET) on October 4, 2017 and ends at 11:59 pm ET on October 31, 2017. Void where prohibited. For full Official Rules, visit Sponsored by 01FirstSecond, a division of Macmillan Publishers, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010 The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.



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May 2, 2017

End of Book 1

Yes, this is end.

Of Book 1, anyway! Spill Zone 2 comes out in July 2018. But we’ll be serializing it right here starting in October.

In the meantime, stay tuned to this blog for behind-the-scenes stuff, fan art, and news about the series. Plus, you can buy the hardback at last. It came out yesterday!

I hope you enjoyed the ride. Alex, Hilary, and I have really enjoyed putting this graphic novel out into the world. Much thanks to them, and to the crew at First Second for shepherding Spill Zone into its webcomic and physical forms, and for doing such a brilliant job of editing, designing, and marketing the book.

You can come see me talk about the book in these cities: Menlo Park CA, Bethesda MD, Athens and Buford GA, Dallas TX, Parma OH, St Paul MN, Santa Cruz CA, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, Austin TX, Coral Gables FL, Rhinebeck NY, or New York City. Details here.

And don’t forget that the Free Comic Books Day prequel, called Spill Night, is out soon—May 6. Wherever fine comic books are sold!

Thanks to all of you who read along with Spill Zone, especially those who commented, retweeted, and otherwise shared the site. It would have been somewhat pointless without you!

Till next Wednesday, when there will be something new here, I promise.

Scott out.

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5 months ago

love this book even read it to my mom and she loved it to

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5 months ago

Can't wait for the second book!!

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7 months ago

I'm so excited for the next book I've already put the release month in my calendar so I know :))) I really loved the first one and I'm definitely gonna read it a couple more hundred times ;)

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Foxes Beyond
7 months ago

I am so sad I have to wait a whole YEAR for the next book... :( BBBUUUUTTTT.... the first book is awsome! I keep reading it repeadedly! keep up the good work!

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8 months ago

I loved the first book. I really liked the cliff hanger ending aswell. But please try and make the second book faster, I don't want to losee interest before the second one comes out.

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Rose Embolism
8 months ago

I just want to say that I've been completely enthralled by your comic- the combination of the artwork, characterization and plotting, plus the incredibly bizarre setting, puts it in my top 10 for webcomics. I have to note that the completion of this story arc will put this comic in contention for the 2018 Hugo Awards. I'm going to start promoting it as a worthy contender.

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8 months ago

Hi! How can't I get a copy of Spill Night?

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Gary Worley
9 months ago

Got into SZ via FCBD and well impressed! The story length makes a detailed story more novel than comic, Roadside Picnic/Stalker comes to mind. The spill simply does not care about us. Is book 2 going to take us hard sci fi, fantasy or something else more character driven, can't wait! All the little touches as well, the Banksy-esqe anonymous art sales, the realistic dirt biking sneaking past the checkpoint and back matter beneath each page, excellent!

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Jayle Enn
9 months ago

Waited most of an hour for my favourite local shop to open, but happily snagged a copy of Spill Night!

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9 months ago

*Stomps on purple thing* "Oh, sorry - was that your betrothed?"

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