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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
7pm
Sundquist 106a

TCAF
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

NCTE
Washington, DC
November 20-23

A Bookish Christmas Post

December 24th, 2013 | Permalink

Just a couple of book-related videos to share with you guys.

Dave and I were guests on the Comics Are Great video podcast, talking about some of our favorite comics from 2013 and beyond. I know it’s probably too late to do any Christmas shopping, but if you get a giftcard to a bookstore, here are some suggestions of what to read.

And, here’s a video Dave made around our home, featuring some of our favorite graphic novels among the decorations!

Hope you have a very happy holiday, with something good to read!

~raina

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Event: Tuesday 12/17, Astoria, Queens, NY!

December 13th, 2013 | Permalink

Hey guys! Just added another gift-wrapping event to my December calendar. This one’s in my very own neighborhood: Astoria, Queens!

Dave and I will both be wrapping books and hanging out from 5-7pm on Tuesday, December 17 at the brand-new local independent bookstore, Astoria Bookshop! We’re super thrilled that the owners decided to open shop here, as our literary community is happy to have a nice place to meet and shop. They have a great graphic novel section, too!

So, come down and say hello, buy some books for people on your list, and get them wrapped by your favorite local author! All wrapping tips will be donated to charity.

ASTORIA BOOKSHOP
31-29 31st Street
Astoria, NY
between Broadway and 31st Ave, a short walk from the Broadway stop on the N/Q train.
(718) 278-2665 (718-AST-BOOK)
astoriabookshop.com
Tuesday, December 17
5-7pm

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Holidays!

December 10th, 2013 | Permalink

Hello everyone!

Just a note to remind you that I have original pages from my Baby-sitters Club graphic novels for sale! You can grab a page from any of the four books for a mere $30 plus shipping. Be sure to place your order by Monday, December 16 if you want them in time for Christmas. $5 for every page sold to will be donated to First Book.

What else is new? I went to Orlando over Thanksgiving for me and Dave’s 7-year anniversary!

We went to Universal and had a great time at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, AND Cartoon Lagoon, which is great–so many of my favorite comic strips represented, like Nancy by Ernie Bushmiller, which I don’t talk nearly enough about but had a HUGE impact on my comics, in its simplicity of art and storytelling.

And here we have Dave, during our time at Disney World, paying homage to one of our favorite cartoons of all time, Pluto’s Christmas Tree:

So much fun!

I’m still doing behind-the-scenes work on Sisters, and am looking forward to showing you more from the book in the new year. In the meantime: stay warm, enjoy the holidays, and here’s to a fantastic 2014!

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December Signings: Long Island & Brooklyn!

November 21st, 2013 | Permalink

I’ll be signing at two stores in the greater New York area in December! Each store will be celebrating the holidays in style, so come down, get a book signed, and join in the festivities!

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Grasshopper’s Comics 22nd annual Holiday Party & Charity Raffle!
Saturday, December 7
12pm
Grasshopper’s Comics
76 Hillside Ave.
Williston Park, Long Island, NY 11596
(516) 741-5724

Bring a new, unwrapped toy for our Charity Raffle to the afternoon signing with artists and writers, as well as appearances by Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, and members of the Justice League of America!

Saturday’s guest authors include: Jacob Chabot, Chris Giarrusso, Dave Roman, and Raina Telgemeier.

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Holiday Open House at WORD in Brooklyn
Sunday, December 15
1:30-2:30pm
WORD
126 Franklin St,
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 383-0096

Stop by for recommendations, donuts and hot chocolate, holiday movies, and more! We’ll also have authors on hand to help wrap presents, recommend books, and sign! All tips for wrapping will be donated to the Greenpoint Food Pantry.

Sunday’s guest authors include: Jami Attenberg, Dave Roman, Jeff Salane, and Raina Telgemeier.

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Museums! Art! Video!

November 20th, 2013 | Permalink

I’m part of a graphic novel exhibit called Drawing On Character at the Allentown Art Museum, going on until December 29! Here’s some video we shot there a couple of weeks ago. See some of my original art from Smile, plus work by Dave Roman, Eric Wight, and Matt Phelan!

Pages from Smile are ALSO on display at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, in Abiline Texas, as part of the BAM! It’s a Picture Book! exhibit. This show also features art by Matt Holm, Mark Crilley, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, and Lincoln Peirce–it’s there until February 28!

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France Photos!

November 20th, 2013 | Permalink

I’m way behind on updating my site, I know, I know…we’ve been busy around here! A ton of travel during October, and then the past two weeks I’ve been finishing up the Sisters interior art. Now the book is in production (which I explained in detail over here), and I’m tying up all the loose ends of the project!

I’ve got a couple of New York-area signing events coming up in December, and will post about them just as soon as I have the details confirmed. In the meantime, here are some photos from my trip to France!


Hiking the Alps in Annecy with our comics pals Flora and Bannister!


Signing copies of Souriez and En Scene! at the Quai des Bulles festival in Saint Malo.


Saint Malo is home to my favorite pastry, the kouign-amann!


It’s also a sweet seafaring town.


A fan who used her birthday money to buy my book!


I’ve never had better croissants in my life.


We braved the wind and the chill to visit Mont Saint-Michel, an impressive landmark that looks like a Harry Potter movie set. Our travel companion in France was Ted Naifeh, creator of the Courtney Crumrin series!


Next we took a train to the town of Le Mans, home to the coolest comic book store in the WORLD: Bulle! Three floors of amazingness.


There, Ted and I signed for several hours!


With the store’s owners, Samuel and Jean-Philippe, and Samuel’s mom, Jeanette! Can you see how the store’s shelves are made to look like comic book pages?


Finally, we spent a couple of days in Paris. There were museums and ice cream, and two more comic shop signings! This one is from Bulle de Salon! Thanks to everyone who came out to say hello!

Thanks a ton to my French publisher, Akileos, and all the wonderful people we met this year. You can see all of my photos over on Flickr. I had an amazing time and hope to be back again soon! à bientôt!

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Allentown, PA: November 3! That’s tomorrow!!

November 2nd, 2013 | Permalink

Sorry for the short notice, but I’m doing a big event in Allentown, PA, TOMORROW afternoon!!

Fall Festival: Worlds of Wonder
Sunday, November 3
12-4pm

Allentown Art Museum
31 North 5th Street
Allentown, PA 18101
(610) 432-4333

NY Times bestselling authors Raina Telgemeier (Smile) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) will deliver a lively, visual discussion on comics & graphic novels, and how reading them as kids served as inspiration throughout their lives, fostering a love for reading and a passion to make their own books. The presentations will include a visual slideshow, live drawing demonstration, Q&A, book signing & more!
Also appearing: Eric Wight (Frankie Pickle) and Matt Phelan (Storm in the Barn)!

Admission to the festival is free!!

Can’t make it to the event? The museum will have the exhibit Drawing on Character: The Art of Children’s Graphic Novels, which features some of my original Smile pages and process work, up until December 29!

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FRANCE! St.-Malo, Le Mans, and Paris Events!

October 16th, 2013 | Permalink

French readers! I’ll be visiting you very soon, and signing my books in several locations around the country. I hope you’ll come say ‘bonjour’!

October 25-27
Quai des Bulles
St.-Malo
I’ll be signing with my French publisher, Akileos, all weekend! Come get a copy of Souriez or En Scene! and I’ll draw in it for you!

Tuesday, October 29
Signing at Bulle with Ted Naifeh
6 Rue Saint-Honoré
Le Mans
16:00

Wednesday, October 30
Signing at Bulles de Salon with Ted Naifeh
39 rue Letellier
75015 Paris
16:00

Thursday, October 31
Signing at BDNet
26 rue Charonne
75011 Paris
16:00

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Explorer: The Lost Islands. Out Now!

October 16th, 2013 | Permalink

I’m pleased to announce that Explorer: The Lost Islands is in stores now!

I drew a 16-page story for this anthology called Desert Island Playlist, which was written by Dave Roman and colored by Braden Lamb (who is also coloring Sisters!). Here’s a sneak peek for you:

Look for Explorer: The Lost Islands (and the previous volume, Explorer: The Mystery Boxes) at your favorite independent book store or comic shop!

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October & November Events!

September 30th, 2013 | Permalink

Quite a few more events coming up in the next couple of months, PLUS I’m finishing up the artwork for Sisters–so I’ll keep this brief!

October 12-13
Alternative Press Expo, aka APE
San Francisco, CA
I’m a special guest! Find Dave and I at table 321. Here are the panels I’ll be part of:

CBLDF: Raising a Reader

Saturday, October 12
12:00–1:00

Spotlight on Raina Telgemeier
Saturday, October 12
3:45–4:30PM

Love & Comics: Working with a Spouse
Sunday, October 13
12:30–1:30PM

Keeping Comics Alive: Comics for a New Generation (How did they get into comics and how they inspire new readers)
Sunday, October 13
4:30–5:30PM

Saturday, October 19
Books for the Beast
Baltimore, MD
Adults and teens must register in advance

October 25-27
Quai des Bulles
St. Malo, France
I’ll be signing with my French publisher, Akileos, all weekend! Come get a copy of Souriez or En Scene! and I’ll draw in it for you!

Tuesday, October 29
Signing at Bulle with Ted Naifeh
6 Rue Saint-Honoré
Le Mans, France
16:00

Wednesday, October 30
Signing at Bulles de Salon with Ted Naifeh
39 rue Letellier
75015 Paris
16:00

Thursday, October 31
Signing at BDNet
26 rue Charonne
75011 Paris, France
16:00

Sunday, November 3
Allentown Art Museum
Allentown, PA
Fall Festival: Worlds of Wonder
12-4 pm
I’ll be signing and presenting! More info soon!

Sunday, November 17
AASL National Conference
If you’re a school librarian coming to this conference, I look forward to seeing you!

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