Archive for March, 2012

Event Alert: Brooklyn, NY, April 1!

Nope, it’s not an April Fool’s joke. I’m doing a reading and signing this Sunday, April 1, at The Community Bookstore in Park Slope, Brooklyn starting at 11 AM. Myself and several other artists from the NURSERY RHYME COMICS anthology will be there for storytime shenanigans! Join us!

Thank you, Chicago suburbs!!

Last week I spent three days in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. Everything I did was within a 20-minute radius of the airport, and I never got into the city, but…I still had a blast.

My first stop was Des Plaines, where I gave a workshop for 50 talented students! This included my friend Kaprice, whom I met last time I was in Chicago two years ago…she was one of my very first fans, and it was great to see her again! Unfortunately I didn’t get a good picture of us. :(

I spent the next day giving a talk and workshops at a middle school in Bloomingdale. Here they are filing in for the morning presentation…425 students in all!

The students had made dolls (out of Pringles cans) based on historical figures for a project, and one girl decided to do ME! So here’s Raina from Smile, complete with glittering braces, a Girl Scout sash covered in badges, and the curly hair I suddenly developed in 8th grade.

On my final day, I was a guest author at LitWorks, a Teen Read Workshop! I gave two talks and one workshop–my workshop was so popular I had students sitting on the floor and on top of tables! The workshop got cut a little bit short, but the attendees produced some really terrific comics. I didn’t manage to get a picture of myself with the other authors (Carl Deuker, Ron Koetrge, Julie Halpern, and Ellen Hopkins) but they were all wonderful and a joy to spend time with.

From there it was straight to the airport…but look what I found in the YA section of a bookstore at O’Hare:

First airport sighting of Smile (or any of my books), ever!! That was a really proud moment for me, and a nice way to cap off a great trip. Thank you, Chicago! I hope to be back soon!

Thanks, Cherry Hill!

I had a great couple of days in Cherry Hill, NJ, earlier this week! I got to speak with 800 middle school students, and workshop with nearly 300 of them, over the course of two full days.

The school held a special lunch on day 2, for kids who wrote an essay saying why they wanted to meet me. What a great group! Everyone had terrific questions, and I had a lot of fun talking with them. It was the middle of Spirit Week, so this was taken on ‘Flashback Day’–hence all the tie-dye! I promised them I’d post this photo on my site–so here it is! Can you spot me among the students?! People are often surprised by how short I am. I think I’ve been the same height (5’2″) since I was 14!

My next stop is the suburbs of Chicago next week, where I’m visiting two middle schools and a high school Lit Fest. I won’t have time for any extra events while I’m there, I’m afraid–I fly in, and work till the moment I fly out. EDIT!! I do have one public event, but you need to be in grades 6 – 12, and you have to sign up in advance. Workshop at Algonquin Middle School, Des Plaines, IL. Thursday, March 22! All participants in the workshop will receive a free copy of Smile!

My next public event is in Brooklyn: Sunday, April 1, I will be joining some of the other authors from NURSERY RHYME COMICS for a reading and signing at The Community Bookstore! That’s at 143 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. Event starts at 11 AM, hope you can make it!

That’s all for now. Don’t forget, you can add DRAMA to your Goodreads shelf, and you can pre-order it, too!

Graphix Webcast. Watch it now!

The Scholastic Graphix webcast earlier this week, WORDS ARE ONLY HALF THE STORY, went off without a hitch! It was terrific to spend time with the amazing Jeff Smith (BONE) and Kazu Kibuishi (AMULET), as always, and Scholastic had a really nice broadcast studio setup in their offices.

The webcast was streamed live to classrooms across the country, and is now available to view online! I can’t embed the video, but you can watch it here:

It’s 30 minutes long, and you get to see us draw some stuff! The kids in the audience were so sweet. And they fangirl’d me in the bathroom before I went onstage. ^__^