Brooklyn Party: POSTPONED!

November 2nd, 2012

Sorry, everyone–Bergen Street Comics and I have decided to postpone my DRAMA Homecoming Party. We apologize for waiting till the last minute to make a final call, but the truth is that most of Brooklyn is still a mess, the subways aren’t up to speed yet, and it’s hard to want to have a celebration when there are so many others in need so close by.

The good news is, we’re going to have the party on Saturday, December 1 instead! So please join me on Saturday, December 1, 7pm at Bergen Street Comics, for the belated DRAMA book party!

Surviving Sandy, and a reminder: DRAMA book party 11/3!

November 1st, 2012

First of all, I’d like to thank my readers who have taken the time to email, tweet, Facebook, and otherwise check in to see how I’m doing. Dave and I survived Hurricane Sandy just fine: our neighborhood stayed dry, we never lost power, and we are feeling VERY lucky right now. Much of New York is still out of commission, and if you want to make a donation to the Red Cross, there are thousands upon thousands of people who would really appreciate it.

People have also been asking if the DRAMA HOMECOMING PARTY is still on. It is! Bergen Street Comics is open and ready for us, so if you’re close and would like to join me on Saturday, I’d love to see you.

DRAMA HOMECOMING PARTY & BOOKS SIGNING!
Saturday, November 3
7pm
Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street (near Flatbush Avenue)
Brooklyn, New York 11217
(718) 230-5600

Kids and adults are welcome. Please feel free to bring your friends! There will be snacks, beverages, prizes, live readings, music, and shenanigans! And books, of course. In fact, the store is generously offering a 20% discount on ALL kids’ comics and graphic novels on Saturday!

Bergen Street Comics is accessible by subway, bus, and LIRR. For up to the minute transportation info, this is a useful website. Please check before you head out!

Portland, Maine! Photos.

October 30th, 2012

Last week, I had a wonderful trip up to Maine! I was invited to Portland, for several school and library visits as well as a store event at Casablanca Comics. Here are some photos and a video!

This is Cole, a deaf student who invented a sign for my name! It’s the sign for the letter R, plus the sign for the word “smile.” Cole explained that only a deaf person can give someone a sign language name, and I was very honored to receive it!


Cole teaches me how to sign “Raina.”


Getting ready to speak to 500 middle school students.


The very stylish crowd at the Portland Public Library!


Laney helps me out with some fashion design. Portland Public Library.


A lovely crowd awaited me at Casablanca Comics on Saturday morning!


Amaaaaazing! Livv came to my signing in Raina/Smile cosplay!! This was a true first. I was pretty emotional when I saw her!


My sentiments exactly! Thanks to Casablanca Comics for a terrific time.

DRAMA Homecoming Party! Brooklyn, November 3!

October 29th, 2012

Hey, New York! I’ve had a wild and wonderful two months touring North America promoting DRAMA…but now I’m back home (and especially glad to be cozy in my own apartment, while this hurricane terrorizes the neighborhood), and I want to celebrate…so, I’m having a book party and signing this Saturday, November 3, at Bergen Street Comics!

Kids and adults are welcome. Please feel free to bring your friends!

DRAMA HOMECOMING PARTY & BOOKS SIGNING!
Saturday, November 3
7pm
Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street (near Flatbush Avenue)
Brooklyn, New York 11217
(718) 230-5600

There will be snacks, beverages, prizes, live readings, music, and shenanigans! And books, of course. I hope you can join me.

Subway directions:
2/3 to Bergen Street
4, 5, B, and Q trains to Atlantic Avenue
D, M, N, and R trains to Pacific Street
Long Island Rail Road to the Atlantic Avenue Terminal
Bus routes B65, B63, and B67

The LONG TOUR! Photo Roundup!

October 23rd, 2012


At the MIBA Movable Feast. Renaissance Depot Hotel in Minneapolis, which doubles as a pretty sweet train museum.

Thank you to EVERYONE who made the last three weeks simply amazing for me: the booksellers, reps, drivers, publicists, and event coordinators; friends, family, and those who count as both; authors, illustrators, and speakers; librarians, teachers, principals, and secretaries; my tirelessly awesome husband Dave, and most importantly, the fans. Everywhere. You are so humbling and amazing and I am lucky to have you in my life.


Live reading from DRAMA with Jen Vincent, David Levithan, and Heather Brewer at Anderson’s Bookshop, Chicago.


These young ladies introduced me at a school visit, Chicago.


School visit, St. Louis. We found this speaker exactly like this, and the bookseller used it to set up the stock!


Being introduced by awesome bookseller Shane, at Left Bank Books, St. Louis.


Cousins on my Telgemeier side, at Left Bank Books, St. Louis.


Possibly the coolest bookstore ever: Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis.


With my hardworking Scholastic publicist, Sheila Marie, in Minneapolis.


A fabulous school crowd, Minneapolis.


Signing for a great group at The Bookcase, Minneapolis.


Cartoonists with their co-creation, Portland.


The crowd at A Children’s Place bookstore, Portland.


Renata, who helped me draw the soccer ball, at A Children’s Place bookstore, Portland.


The sweetest father-son combo you could ever hope to meet, at Bridge City Comics, Portland.


An adorable fan at my first Kidsbooks event, Vancouver.


Bookseller extraordinaire, Maggie, introducing me at Kidsbooks South Surrey, Vancouver.


Young artists, Vancouver.


Super-enthusiastic students at an all-boys school, Vancouver.


Indigo branch bestseller wall, Vancouver.


Shelf-talker at University Bookstore, Seattle.


Going Graphic panel at Tweens Read Book Festival, Houston.


Going Graphic panelists Rachel Renee Russell, me, Dave Roman, and Amy Ignatow!


My view for the past three weeks.

(See more photos here!)