SMILE is Kind of Popular, Still

June 3rd, 2014

This boggles my mind: SMILE just hit the two-year mark on the New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller list. Two years!!! Without a movie tie-in, without being part of a series, and while competing with books like Batman and The Walking Dead. This would not have happened without the support and enthusiasm of booksellers, librarians, teachers, bloggers, and most of all, readers. So thank you, readers! You’ve made my day/week/month/year!


I had a nice time at Book Expo America and Book Con this past week and weekend. It’s exciting to see so much support for Sisters, before it’s even published. Here are a couple of photos:

The enormous, lit-up Sisters banner at the Scholastic booth!

Signing books before my Book Con panel.


So a couple of weeks ago, I got a neat surprise: Mark Tatulli, who is best known as the creator of the syndicated comic strips Lio and Heart of the City, decided to write a week’s worth of HotC basically celebrating Smile and the awesomeness of graphic novels in general. Here are the strips:

To say I was flattered was a huge understatement!!

I got a chance to meet Mark at Book Expo, and he is just as nice as can be. Thanks again to Mark for this incredible shout-out! I hope some of my readers will check out his comics in return.

Book Expo America (BEA)

May 23rd, 2014

Bookseller friends: BEA is upon us! I’ll be at or around the show pretty much every day. Here’s where you can find me!

Wednesday, May 28
3:45 – 4:30 PM
SLJ Day of Dialogue Panel: “Storied Lives”
Moderator: Paula Willey, Librarian
Panelists: Lois Ehlert, Chris Raschka, Raina Telgemeier and Peter Sís
(SLJ’s Day of Dialogue is closed to the public, but if you’re a ticketed attendee, I hope to see you at my panel!)

Thursday, May 29
4:00-5:00 PM
The Best in Fall 2014 Graphic Novels Panel
Javits: Uptown Stage
Moderator: Calvin Reid
Panelists: Michael Cho, Farel Dalyrymple, Raina Telgemeier and Jules Feiffer
Join in with graphic novelists Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies), Jules Feiffer (Kill My Mother), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters) discuss their upcoming graphic novel projects and the state of the graphic novel industry with Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid.

Friday, May 30
11:00 – 11:30 AM
BEA signing—TABLE 2
I will be signing galleys of Sisters!

3:30 – 4:45 PM
CBC Tea with Children’s Authors
Location: Room 1E12/13

Saturday, May 31
(BEA Bookcon)
10:00-11:00 AM
The Graphic Novel Today
Room 1E16
Moderator: Calvin Reid
Words and pictures: they were the perfect combination in books when we were kids! But today, books with pictures can be for everyone, young and old, when they’re combined as a graphic novel. Three experts, including Calista Brill, Karen Green and Raina Telgemeier, from around the graphic novel industry talk about visual literacy, audience and the broad appeal of the graphic novel today with Publisher Weekly’s Calvin Reid.

SISTERS in the Wall Street Journal!

May 14th, 2014

My upcoming graphic novel Sisters got a writeup in the Wall Street Journal! You can read the piece online here, including a couple of preview panels!

Sisters comes out on August 26th.

Gaithersburg Book Fest, May 17!

May 13th, 2014

Hey, DC-area fans! I’ll be at the Gaithersburg Book Festival in Gaithersburg, MD this Saturday, May 17! Come see me at the following presentation (with my husband Dave!!):

Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman in Conversation
Location: Willa Cather Pavilion
Start time: 1:15 pm
2:15 – 3:05pm: Signing in the Politics & Prose signing area!

Hope to see you there!

TCAF 2014 Recap!

May 13th, 2014

I’m back from the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, which is one of my favorite events of the year, and this year was particularly amazing for me!

The first thing I did was appear on a panel with my cartooning idol, Lynn Johnston, creator of For Better or For Worse! My good friend Scott Robins hosted a panel about library visits with the two of us, and it was a lot of fun! Lynn is a HAM!

Then later that night, *I* had the honor of interviewing Lynn and Kate Beaton, of Hark! A Vagrant fame. These women are two of Canada’s guiding lights of cartooning, albeit from different generations…and I was given the challenge of finding their common ground, on stage, in front of 450 people!

Luckily, you could not ask for two more gracious, generous, and funny ladies to share a stage with. I was on cloud 9 all weekend, after this event! (Again: check out that hamminess!)

And then, TCAF itself! Two days of festival goodness. I met some wonderful fans and a lot of new friends this year.

Here’s YA author extraordinaire Rainbow Rowell sitting at our table, pretending to be Dave while he was off on a panel–I got to know Rainbow this weekend, and she is awesome, and I can’t wait til her graphic novel with Faith Erin Hicks comes out in a few years!

I also got to see a bunch of my amazing friends this year, who came from all corners of the world (Hawaii! Florida! the UK!) to go to TCAF. It’s really one of the best international comics festivals I’ve ever been to. I know I have a lot of fans in Ontario, and I’m super grateful how many of you came out to see me this year! It’s just a big sloppy love fest, and I always go home happy.

Monday after the show, Kazu Kibuishi (creator of the Amulet series) and I got to visit the Scholastic Canada offices and hang out with some of the excellent staff there! Kazu and I will be touring North America together later this year together in support of Sisters and Amulet 6, which both hit stores August 26th… Stay tuned for more details!

Thanks to the TCAF staff and everyone in Toronto who made our weekend a memorable one!

Photo credits: Jamie Coville, Dave Roman