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Upcoming Events

2014 will be full of events, but mostly in the second half of the year. I'll be adding lots of things to this space in the coming months, so keep checking back!

Public Lecture at
Austin Peay State Univ.

Clarksville, TN
Wednesday, April 16
Sundquist 106a

Toronto, ON
May 10-11

Gaithersburg Book Festival
Gaithersburg, MD
Saturday, May 17
Presenting at 1:15pm!

Book Expo America (BEA)
New York, NY
May 29-31

ALA Annual
Las Vegas, NV
June 26-July 1

San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego, CA
July 23-27

SISTERS is in stores!!
August 26, 2014

Small Press Expo
Bethesda, MD
September 13-14

Sheboygan Children's Book Fest
Sheboygan, WI
October 11-12

Washington, DC
November 20-23

Brain Burps About Books Interview!

July 28th, 2011 | Permalink

I recently recorded a fun podcast interview with Katie Davis, the boundlessly energetic children’s book author, illustrator, and host of the excellent podcast Brain Burps About Books.


BBAB covers every aspect of the kidlit world. Writing, drawing, publishing, agents, fans, websites, publicity, book trailers–Dave and I became big fans this past spring as we were hunched over our drawing boards day after day. We’ve learned a lot from Katie, and we’ve become friends since then, too! If you’re at all interested in the wide world of children’s book publishing, you should dig through her archives and feed your head.

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One More Page Books, 8/10

July 27th, 2011 | Permalink

My next upcoming event will be held at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA!

One More Page Books
2200 N Westmoreland St
Arlington, VA
Wednesday, August 10
6:30 pm
[Map & directions]

Me and Dave will be doing a one-hour presentation and signing! Come by and get signed copies of Smile and Astronaut Academy, ask us questions, and help us stage some live readings! Can’t wait to see you there!

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San Diego Comic-Con: 2011 Edition!

July 26th, 2011 | Permalink

2011 was my eighth San Diego Comic-Con International. It will certainly go down as one of my most memorable.

First of all, we scored a room at the Marriott. What a great hotel! And it’s connected to the convention center, which is really convenient if you need to run next door and grab supplies or drop stuff off, or if you just need a few quiet minutes. Also, their pool rocks.

My friends at the Flight booth were generous enough to give me a few inches of table space, so I could have a place to sell Smile. It’s also just great fun to hang out with everyone there! Such a talented, funny, friendly bunch of people. Flight just produced their 8th and final volume, so it was especially nostalgic. I’m so lucky I got to be involved with this project. And, the spinoff anthology, Explorer, will debut in March from Abrams Books–Dave and I will have a 16-page story in the book!

Dave signs Astronaut Academy at the :01 booth, while Vera Brosgol and Mark Seigel look on

Scholastic threw a party in honor of the 25th anniversary of Jeff Smith’s Bone, and all of the Graphix authors were featured guests at the party. Considering Jeff is one of my biggest influences as a cartoonist, it was a humbling evening! And so much fun. A great many of my friends came, and we ate and talked late into the night. I signed books, took some pictures in the Photobooth, and enjoyed introducing my publishing friends to my comics friends. Worlds collide, in the best way.

At the Bone 20th Anniversary Party! The Hilton rooftop is a great party spot.

And of course the main reason I had to be at Comic-Con this year, was because I was nominated for an Eisner Award. Let’s skip over the part where I was a nervous wreck, and the part where i got sunburned that afternoon and looked a little lobster-esque, and get right to the good stuff:

I won!!!!!

My category (Best Publication for Teens) came up second in the three-hour gala, so after giving my super-nervous acceptance speech, I was able to relax and enjoy the evening. And the rest of the weekend, for that matter.

Saturday I put my award on the Flight table with my book, and had a wonderful wonderful day! So many handshakes and congratulatory hugs and people asking if they could spin the globe on the award itself.

My one panel was a great time. As promised, I announced my new book title there. Here’s that post, if you missed it!

Love & Comics panelists: Jason Shiga, Sheila Keenan, Amy & Kazu Kibuishi, Dave, Raina

Saturday evening, I attended another really fun Kidlit meetup–last year’s event introduced me to so many talented people, and this year was no exception. Sadly, I have no photos, but it was a blast!

I was sold out of books by mid-day Sunday, so the last few hours of the con were spent chasing down friends on the show floor, eating tacos, and buying a few small but nice things (a Gallery Nucleus t-shirt by John Klassen, and a purse hook from Debbie Huey).

The show floor, from high above…

I owe a great many thanks to everyone who voted for Smile in the Eisners. I certainly wouldn’t have come this far without the support of my friends and fans, and I’m grateful for each and every one of you. It means so much to me. The more diverse the comics industry gets, the greater by far.

Till next time, San Diego!

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I have a book title!

July 26th, 2011 | Permalink

I had promised to announce the title of my new book during San Diego Comic-Con, and now I can finally reveal it here on my site, too. My forthcoming graphic novel will be called…


It’s about middle school theater geeks, stage crew, putting on a play, love and hate and friendship, and that’s all I can talk about for now. Here’s some non-spoilery process art:

The final book will be 240 pages, full color, and out in the Fall of 2012. Scholastic/Graphix is publishing.

I’m currently deeply entrenched in the art duties on this book, but I’ll share more news about Drama as I am able. Oh, and I need to make a little post about my amazing Comic-Con experience, too…all in good time. (Edit: here’s my SDCC post! Spoiler: I won the Eisner Award!) Hope you’re having a great summer!

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Wizard Party!

July 14th, 2011 | Permalink

Short notice: Dave and I will have a table at the Victory Over Voldemort Party on Saturday, July 16 in Hoboken, NJ. Tickets are $35 at the door, and include a full evening of food, music, and fun!

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San Diego Comic-Con!

July 11th, 2011 | Permalink

From Wednesday, July 20 till Sunday, July 25 I will be in San Diego, CA for Comic-Con International!

Here’s what I’ll be doing while I’m there…

All 5 Days

Flight Booth (#2235)
My home base during this show will be the Flight booth, #2235. Come get a hot-off-the-presses copy of the final Flight Anthology, volume 8. While you’re there, you can get a signed copy of (Eisner-nominated!) Smile or a shiny copy of Dave’s Astronaut Academy. Or, just stop and say hi!

Thursday, July 21

The Bone 20th Anniversary Party!
As one of Jeff Smith’s fellow Scholastic/Graphix authors, I’ll be a guest at this awesome party. If you’ve got an invite, please come say hello!

Friday, July 22

2-3 PM
Cartoon Art Museum Booth (#1930)
I’ll be sketching requests in exchange for donations to the CAM fund. They’re an absolutely wonderful organization, so if you’d like a custom sketch, please consider coming by during this time!

Oh man, I’m nerrrrrvous.

Saturday, July 23

3:30-4:30 PM
Love & Comics Panel
Room 8
Who’s showing the love in comics? Comics creators extraordinaire Jason Shiga (Meanwhile; Empire State), Kazu Kibuishi (Explorer, Amulet, Copper, Flight), Amy Kim Kibuishi (Sorcerers and Secretaries), Raina Telgemeier (Explorer, Smile, The Baby-Sitters Club), and Dave Roman (Explorer, Astronaut Academy, Agnes Quill) talk about how their love of comics plays out in the game of life, about how the collaborative process works, and about their most important pictures from the heart.
(I’m going to announce the title of my new book at this panel, so BE THERE if you want to hear about it!!)

Beyond all that…who knows. I might be eating tacos at Tin Fish. Or wandering the looping walkways of the Seaport Village. Or, quite possibly, in the pool at my hotel…all I know is that I love Comic-Con, I love this town, and I can’t wait to be there!

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