GoRaina Holiday Shop — Shipping Deadlines are Soon!

December 7th, 2014

One last reminder about holiday orders and shipping deadlines!

***Signed copies of my books can be ordered from my local indie bookstore, Astoria Bookshop, and they will ship it directly to you! Please submit orders by December 17 (Dec. 10 for int’l orders) to assure they arrive in time for Christmas. (Need some suggestions for other graphic novels to gift? Here’s a list!)

***SMILE T-shirts are BACK! We’re taking orders for the holiday season over on THE COMICS BAKERY website. Please place your holiday orders by December 17 at the very latest to receive them in time for Christmas!

***If you’re looking for original artwork, I sell pages from the Baby-sitters Club graphic novels right here on my site! Please order by December 10, as the packages are a specialized size and therefore sometimes take a little longer for the post office to process and send.

***ALA SMILE posters are available from ALA’s website!

Thanks, everyone. Back to work for me!

Graphic Novel Recommendations — UPDATED!

November 29th, 2014

This is an updated version of a post from early 2013.

Hey, so you like my books! I’m so happy, thank you!!


“I’ve read this a couple of times…what else you got?”

If you enjoyed Smile, Sisters, Drama, or my Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, here are some suggestions for graphic novels and comics to read next.

The best way to get a hold of most of these titles is to ask your favorite local bookstore or comic shop to order them for you. You can also buy them via online retailers like Indiebound.org or Amazon. And you can always request them at your local library!

For Ages 8 and Up:


My webcomics!

Hey, maybe you haven’t read them yet! I’ve got a whole pile of short-story comics right here on my website. Some of these are over a decade old; some of them are newer. Many of them were originally published in my minicomic series, Take-Out, and some were created for other web or print venues.

El Deafo

by Cece Bell

One of my favorite graphic novels in recent memory. A memoir, in which young Cece suffers from severe hearing loss after a bout with meningitis, and goes through life with a clunky hearing aid. At its core, this book is really about friendship and finding your place in the world, which anyone can relate to!

The Dumbest Idea Ever!

by Jimmy Gownley

A memoir about how Jimmy became a cartoonist when he was a young teenager. A perfect read for budding authors, artists or cartoonists, or anyone who likes stories about real kids with real lives.

Yotsuba&!

By Kiyohiko Azuma

My favorite manga of all time. Hilarious, simple, and some of the best comic timing I’ve ever seen.

Amelia Rules!

By Jimmy Gownley

Amelia and her mom move to a new town, and this series follows the adventures of Amelia and her new friends. A fourth-grade lens on real life.

Chiggers

By Hope Larson

Summer camp! Secrets! Cute boys! Lightning!

Babymouse

By Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

She may be a mouse, but she has many of the problems kids face in their regular lives: homework, a messy locker, bullies at school. Babymouse also has a massive imagination, which helps her overcome!

Lunch Lady

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

A school cafeteria lunch lady who is also a superhero! All of her tools and gadgets are made from kitchen tools and common household objects.

Astronaut Academy

By Dave Roman

Character-driven stories about kids who go to school on a space station. Really fun if you like anime, manga, video games, word play, and space ninjas!

Cleopatra in Space

by Mike Maihack

What if Cleopatra went to school in outer space?! That’s really all you need to know before diving into this fun series!

The Silver Six

By AJ Lieberman and Darren Rawlings

A standalone story that feels like it could be based off your very favorite cartoon show. Full of action and fun.

Zita the Spacegirl

By Ben Hatke

An adventure comic with a big heart, beautifully illustrated.

Giants Beware

By Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado

A girl who wants to fight monsters, surrounded by a town of medieval characters. Claudette and her friends make a winning team.

Bone

By Jeff Smith

An absolute classic. Epic story, funny characters, surprising depth, jaw-dropping artwork.

Amulet

By Kazu Kibuishi

Kazu is bringing an animated, Miyazaki-like sensibility to the comics page, and creates an exciting adventure along the way. One of the most gorgeously-drawn comics available today.

The Secret Science Alliance

By Eleanor Davis

If you like jam-packed artwork full of tiny, interesting details, this one’s for you.

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword

By Barry Deutsch

An 11-year-old orthodox Jewish girl who wants to fight monsters? Sweet!

Cardboard

By Doug TenNapel

Doug has a knack for writing fantastical fables about real-life kids. This is my favorite of his books.

Guinea P.I.G.: Pet Shop Private Eye

By Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue

Super sweet and super funny. Kids who love animals will love this series.

To Dance

By Mark Siegel and Siena Cherson Siegel

An autobiographical graphic novella about a girl who aspires to be a ballerina.

Mal and Chad

By Stephen McCranie

A kid scientist and his talking dog. Love it!

Bird & Squirrel on the Run

By James Burks

A buddy road trip comedy, made even more fun by animal protagonists and solid cartooning.

Sidekicks

By Dan Santat

A houseful of pets all aspire to be their superhero owner’s new sidekick. Delightfully drawn.

Calvin and Hobbes, any volume

By Bill Watterson

Probably the best comic strip of all time. Brilliantly drawn and written, with a lot to say about the world we live in. A must.



For Better or For Worse, especially the volumes published between 1983 and 1990

By Lynn Johnston

My very favorite comic strip, which also taught me how engrossing realistic fiction could be. I credit FBorFW with paving the way for the kinds of comics and stories I like to create today, as well as being the biggest influence on my art style.

For Ages 12 and Up:

Friends with Boys

By Faith Erin Hicks

Faith is quickly becoming the premier YA graphic novelist of our day and age. FWB is about homeschooling, public high school, a missing mother, a bunch of crazy brothers…and a ghost.

Anya’s Ghost

By Vera Brosgol

Setting the YA comics bar extremely high, this is an expertly written and drawn graphic novel with a spooky edge. Vera is a storyboard artist for Laika Studios (Coraline, ParaNorman), and it shows in every panel.

American Born Chinese

By Gene Luen Yang

A powerful story about the Chinese-American experience, an ancient Chinese fable, and a look at racism in society…all converging into one narrative, and accessible to any reader. ABC was the first (and so far, only!) comic to win the prestigious Printz Award, as well as a National Book Award finalist.

Will & Whit

By Laura Lee Gulledge

Artsy kids, heartbreak, and a hurricane! If you’re a fan of Drama in particular, this book would serve as a wonderful companion.

The! Greatest! Of! Marlys!

by Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry’s comics were my YA, before YA really even existed. She’s been writing teen stories with an incredibly clear voice since the early 80s. This book collects many of the stories about Maryls and her sister Maybonne, and is probably better categorized as being at the young end of YA comics lit. Raw, ugly, hilarious, and poignant.

Tomboy

by Liz Prince

A fantastic memoir about Liz’s life growing up as a tomboy. One of my favorite YA graphic novels. Recommended for high school and up.

Please note: I’ve focused on books that I think are appropriate for my target readers, who mostly range between ages 8 and 13. You may be older or younger, but in general my books are considered “middle grade,” and this list focuses on graphic novels within that range. This means I’m leaving out some truly quality suggestions, especially for slightly older readers, but there are plenty of resources out there to help you find good comics for the upper end of young adult, and adult readers.

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This essay was originally posted on Inside A Dog. Copyright Raina Telgemeier.

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The Holidays Are Here!

November 25th, 2014

American Thanksgiving is almost here! The holidays are upon us, which means people are in gift-buying mode. Here are a couple of things I have going on these days, for people who want to add some Raina-centric cheer to the mix:

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***Barnes & Noble has a Black Friday promotion I’m a part of: They created a special, limited edition of Smile with a new page — and every copy is signed!! That’s right, I signed several thousand copies of Smile (it took about two weeks!), and they will be in-store at B&Ns while supplies last, THIS WEEKEND ONLY. That’s Nov. 28-30! Once they’re gone, they’re gone! For more information and to find a store near you, click here.

***If you can’t make it to a Barnes & Noble but you still want a signed/personalized copy of any of my books, you can order one from my local indie bookstore, Astoria Bookshop, and they will ship it to you! Please submit orders by December 17 (Dec. 10 for int’l orders) to assure they arrive in time for Christmas.

***SMILE T-shirts are BACK! We’re taking orders for the holiday season over on THE COMICS BAKERY website. Please place your holiday orders by December 17 at the very latest to receive them in time for Christmas!

***If you’re looking for original artwork, I sell pages from the Baby-sitters Club graphic novels right here on my site! Please order by December 10, as the packages are a specialized size and therefore sometimes take a little longer for the post office to process and send.

***ALA SMILE posters are available from ALA’s website!

And, whew…I think that’s it. Here’s to a happy, safe and healthy holiday to all of you.

~raina

SMILE T-SHIRTS ARE BACK!! Plus Miami, NCTE, & Other News!

November 12th, 2014

Many of you have asked about it, and finally, I’m pleased to announce that SMILE T-shirts are BACK! We’re taking orders for the holiday season over on THE COMICS BAKERY website. Please place your holiday orders by December 17 at the very latest to receive them in time for Christmas!

Also, I’m doing two final events to ring out the year! I’ll be in Miami, FL and in DC for the Miami Book Fair and NCTE, respectively.

Miami Book Fair International
Miami, FL
Saturday, Nov 22

11:30am – 12:30pm
Storytorium Stage
Panel Event with Michael Fry and Grace Ellis

12:30 – 2pm
Centre Gallery, Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room 1365
Best American Comics 2014 with Charles Burns, Ben Katchor, Aydin Koch, and Ed Piskor, moderated by series editor, Bill Kartapoulos


NCTE Conference
Washington, DC
Sunday, Nov 23 & Monday, Nov 24

I believe NCTE events are only open to conference attendees, but I encourage anyone in attendance to join me at my programs! I’ll be signing Sunday at the Scholastic booth from 9-10am, then speaking on the graphic novels panel at 10:30. Monday, I’ll be at the 9:05 ALAN session!

Just a few other notes & news bites for you guys:

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***I recently created a new poster for the ALA Reads campaign, and you can order a copy here! There are also bookmarks available (in packs of 100).

***Want a signed/personalized book for the holidays? You can order one from my local indie bookstore, Astoria Bookshop, and they will ship it to you! Please submit orders by December 17 (Dec. 10 for int’l orders) to assure they arrive in time for Christmas.

***In honor of SISTERS being in the semifinal round of the Goodreads Choice Awards, I’ve opened up the ASK THE AUTHOR feature on Goodreads for a few days — ask me anything until the end of the day Saturday (11/15) and I’ll see what I can do! I’m not able to answer all of the letters I receive these days, so doing this sort of public Q&A is really useful for me!

That’s all for now!

SISTERS up for a Goodreads Choice Award!

November 4th, 2014

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Hey, neat! SISTERS has been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award in the Middle Grade & Children’s category! Which means YOU can vote for it! This is the preliminary round of voting. If my book progresses, there will be another round of voting, and then a winner will be announced next month!

To vote, simply follow this link, click the cover of Sisters, and proceed to the next category if you so desire! (You must be registered for Goodreads in order to vote.)

This would be super cool to win, so please tell your friends and help me spread the word! :)