It’s hard to believe, but as of today, the fourth graphic novel adaptation of the Baby-sitters Club series, Claudia and Mean Janine, which was first published in 2008, is in stores in full color! This marks the end of my series that launched my career, and set the stage for me to publish Smile. It has been really fun seeing people discover my older work for the first time!
As a special treat to celebrate book 4’s release, I dug up something very cool from my mom’s storage space: Some old BSC art I drew when I was ten years old! Check this out. Proof positive that I’ve been a BSC fan from the early days. I guess that made me a good candidate to adapt the series into comics almost 20 years later!
If you’re wondering where Stacey is, according to the page of notes I also found, this was drawn during the part of the series where Stacey moved back to New York City for a little while. Mallory and Jessi had just joined the club, too. So this was in continuity!
I’d also like to note that Claudia and Mean Janine ended up being my favorite book out of the four BSC graphic novels I drew. I had the best time drawing the kids running around Stacey’s yard, chasing dogs and freaking out Jenny Prezzioso. The scene where Kristy and Dawn hang out in Dawn’s barn is one of my favorites in the entire series. And being able to depict Claudia’s relationship with Mimi was really touching — I drew a lot of inspiration from my own relationship with my grandmother, who also had a series of strokes in her later years. And of course, Claudia’s relationship with her sister draws a few parallels with my own book, Sisters. I enjoy connecting dots between art and life, and the BSC series is no exception.
Book 4 also has a really cool how-to that we created to show my working method and how I create my graphic novels!
Thanks again to the incredible people who helped make these books possible. David Saylor, David Levithan, Janna Morishima, Sheila Keenan, and Cassandra Pelham held the editorial reins; everyone else at Scholastic; John Green, my fabulous letterer; Braden Lamb, who brought the books to glorious new life in full color; all of my friends who lent a hand of support or assistance during the four years these books were in production.
And of course…Ann M. Martin herself, without whom these books would not exist. I am so happy to say that Ann became a friend over the years we worked together, and I’m always grateful for a chance to talk with her and read her books. She’s been an inspiration to me since I was nine years old, and she continues to inspire me to this day.
Here it is — the cover of my upcoming graphic novel, GHOSTS!
Not only that, but Scholastic released a huge 23-page preview over on Entertainment Weekly, so click away to read part of the first chapter of the book. Enyoy!
It’ll be in stores in September.
I mentioned this already, but it merits its very own blog post! You can now order signed copies of my books from my local indie bookstore, Green Apple Books! Visit their Upstream page, order some books, and shipping is only 99 cents via USPS! (They ship international, too.) Each book has a signature and a drawing, so they make wonderful gifts.
Upstream is a movement where authors partner with local independent bookstores, to encourage readers to support small businesses. Green Apple has been a San Francisco institution for decades, and it’s just the sort of quirky, welcoming, community-oriented place an author like me wants to work with. They’ve been good to me over the years, and have hosted me for several great events, and I am happy to continue this relationship.
Thanks for your support! Happy reading!
I know it’s been kind of quite around here. I’ve been working like mad on Ghosts, which comes out next fall. I hope it will be worth the wait! I have a few things to share with you guys about holiday items and promotions:
SIGNED BOOKS! My local indie bookstore in San Francisco, Green Apple Books, is offering signed copies of my books by mail. I don’t have the ability to personalize copies, but if you’d like one with a signature and a drawing, you can order here!
ORIGINAL ART! I still have some non-request original Baby-sitters Club comic pages for sale in the webstore. These are only $35, plus shipping. To unsure Christmas delivery, please order by December 15! (Please note that I do not sell artwork from Smile, Sisters, or Drama.)
T-SHIRTS! I am limited to unisex large-sized Smile t-shirts, but if you’d like one, order by December 15 for Christmas delivery. At this time, I don’t have a plan to re-print the shirts, but if I have any news about merchandise or other promotional items, I’ll certainly announce it here.
Thanks, everyone. I hope you are warm, happy, healthy, and have something good to read. Happy Holidays!
Hey guys! Hope you’re all having a nice October so far. I’ll be in and around the New York Comicon this weekend! Here are all the places you can find me:
Friday, October 9
Camp Out with Lumberjanes!
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Pack your bags, bring your s’mores kit and get your badges ready! Join the
brilliant minds and collaborators behind the breakout hit Lumberjanes, from the
BOOM! Studios imprint, BOOM! Box! Shannon Watters, Brooke Allen, and
Special Guests discuss what’s down the pipeline for the Mal, Molly, April, Jo and
Ripley and the importance of hardcore lady types! Moderated by Raina
Saturday, October 10
Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Already a legend for his creation of The Spirit in 1940, Will Eisner – with the
1978 publication of his A Contract With God – would be instrumental in
popularizing the graphic novel format, changing the world of comics forever. Join
us and find out how and why Eisner did it, with moderator Paul Levitz (author of
the upcoming Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel) and Panelists Todd
McFarlane (Spawn Creator & Image Comics President), Raina Telgemeier
(Smile), Dennis O’Neil (Batman) and Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book).
Sunday, October 11
Goosebumps & The Baby-sitters Club Revisited
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Join legendary Authors R.L. Stine (Goosebumps) and Ann M. Martin (The Baby-
sitters Club) as they chat with bestselling and award-winning graphic novel
creators Dave Roman (Graphix Presents: Goosebumps) and Raina Telgemeier
(The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novels) about re-imaging their classic stories as
graphic novels. From Stonybrook to HorrorLand, the original Authors and their
reimagining Illustrators describe the process and challenges of drawing their
classic characters in full color.
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Hall 1-B, Table 25
SIGNING WITH Ann M. Martin & R.L. Stine
Stock Signing at Astoria Bookshop
4:00 – 5:00 PM
31-29 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11106
I’ll be swinging by Astoria Bookshop to sign some stock after the con. Everyone is welcome. Come say hello!