Museums! Art! Video!

November 20th, 2013

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!

France Photos!

November 20th, 2013

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!

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

November 2nd, 2013

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!

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

October 16th, 2013

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

Explorer: The Lost Islands. Out Now!

October 16th, 2013

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!