East Coast Events: Brooklyn, DC & Philly!

September 14th, 2012

Here’s a roundup of events I’ll be doing within the next week or so, all on the east coast!

Brooklyn Comics & More
DRAMA Signing!
Wednesday, September 19
Join me and Dave Roman as we sign copies of DRAMA, Astronaut Academy, and Teen Boat!
Brooklyn Comics & More
493 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Big Planet Comics Vienna
DRAMA Signing!
Saturday, September 22
Big Planet Comics
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA

Big Planet Comics College Park
DRAMA Signing!
Saturday, September 22
Big Planet Comics
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740

National Book Festival
Sunday September 23
The National Mall
Washington, DC
2:45-3:30: Presentation in the Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Graphic Novels Pavilion!
4:30-5:30: Book signing!

Children’s Book World
DRAMA Signing!
Monday, September 24
17 Haverford Station Rd
Haverford, PA

All events are free to attend. Hope to see some friendly faces!

After that, I’ll be visiting the midwest and the Pacific Northwest! I’m still adding new events to my calendar, and will be making stops in St. Louis, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland OR, Vancouver, Seattle, and Spokane! I’ll update my site with all the complete info as soon as it’s available.

Thanks, San Francisco! #GraphixTour2012

September 14th, 2012

The Bay Area never fails to impress me. Some of the best bookstores, readers, and people live here–including my family and many of my best friends!

James, Raina and Doug on top of Twin Peaks

The past week was a fast-paced tour of schools and bookstores all over the bay, with my friends and fellow Graphix authors Doug TenNapel and James Burks! We had a blast, visiting at least one (and sometimes two!) bookstores each day, and visiting seven schools in all! I got to meet so many wonderful new people, and even had some time to visit my favorite spots in the bay. (I was our driver for the week, which meant I could detour to the best burrito places.)

Here are a bunch of photos, just a few highlights of the trip.

Live DRAMA reading at The Reading Bug in San Carlos

My friend Bea’s daughter proves SMILE is delicious, at The Reading Bug

Drawing the crowd’s suggestions at Green Apple Books in San Francisco

Me and Theresa (from SMILE, remember?) with her delightful kids at Green Apple Books

Talking with everyone at Towne Center Books in Pleasanton

A gigantic crowd gathering at A Great Good Place For Books in Oakland

Squished into the tiny kids’ area at AGGPfB

Standing-room-only crowd at Books, Inc. Laurel Village in San Francisco

The Comic Book Club at a middle school in Berkeley

Ava, who struck me immediately as a living embodiment of Callie, exactly how I picture her in my mind…except with blue hair instead of purple! She was helping direct the crowd at her school, totally professional and helpful; part of the drama club; AND a comics fan. Thanks for taking this picture with me, Ava!

Burrito break at La Taqueria! Featuring our Scholastic publicist extraordinaire, Sheila Marie

Meeting & greeting fans at Mrs. Dalloway’s in Berkeley

Goofing off with the Drama Club & Gay-Straight Alliance at a middle school in Berkeley!

Dave snuck this photo of six kids reading SMILE at a school in Oakland

Thank you, everyone!!

My next leg of the tour is right here on the east coast, so another post is forthcoming!

Till then!


DRAMAday Contest Winners!

September 10th, 2012

Drumroll, please…

The winners of the DRAMAday contest are:

Annalisa D’Aguilar! Annalisa wins a piece of original artwork featuring the characters from DRAMA! This photo was taken at my favorite local comic store, Bergen Street Comics–check out the other awesome comics Annalisa is purchasing!

Cassie Block! Cassie wins an opportunity to be on the video podcast COMICS ARE GREAT as my co-star for a day! Check out Cassie’s AMAZING Callie cosplay. I was truly blown away by this entry.

gigio2001! Gigio wins a Smile t-shirt! Yay!

And…I had one more entry that I just couldn’t resist awarding a runner-up prize to. I know the contest was to take a photo, in a store, of yourself buying Drama…but I got an entry from Alysa Matsunaga, whom I met at the Decatur Book Festival, and it was too excellent to resist:

Here’s a drawing of Alysa meeting the main characters from DRAMA!! I just adore this drawing to pieces. Thanks, Alysa. I’m going to send you a Smile t-shirt, too. :)

Winners! If you’ll send me your mailing addresses (and t-shirt sizes, for the t-shirt winners!), I’ll get your prizes in the mail as soon as possible! Email me at goRaina AT gmail DOT com, or send me a Facebook message. (Cassie, I’ll be in touch soon to talk about recording a podcast together!)

Thanks a TON to everyone who entered! I liked all your entries so much, I’ll run a selection of honorable mentions on my blog next week. I hope you all had a great DRAMAday!

DRAMA sweets at Kidsmomo!

September 9th, 2012

Hello from San Francisco! Tour is already a whirlwind and I’m enjoying every second of it. More on that later. Also, tomorrow I will announce the winners of the #DRAMAday contest, so check back here for the results!

On to other news. I recently recorded a video for Kidsmomo, a website/podcast I’m a huge fan of. They’re throwing a contest to win a signed copy of DRAMA–you can enter the here! And not just the book, but the very drawing I do in the video below…!

Hit the link, and watch the video. It’s a how-to-draw-Callie demonstration! Curious about the tools I use to make comics? They’re all here. You get to see me pencil and brush-ink the drawing, all in my little home studio! See anything familiar on my walls and shelves?

Good luck!

San Francisco Bay Area: GRAPHIX TOUR! 9/7-9/10

September 5th, 2012

I’m headed out on a week-long tour of the San Francisco Bay Area, with some of my fellow Scholastic/Graphix authors!

Join kid-friendly creators Raina Telgemeier (SMILE, DRAMA), Doug TenNapel (CARDBOARD, GHOSTOPOLIS) and James Burks (BIRD AND SQUIRREL) for a week of awesome graphic novel events all over the Bay Area! They will be speaking, signing, and drawing for young readers and fans at five unique in-store events.

Graphic Novel Night at the Reading Bug!
The Reading Bug
785 Laurel St
San Carlos, CA
Friday, September 7
There will be prizes and refreshments!

Graphix Author Signing!

Green Apple Books
506 Clement St
San Francisco, CA
Saturday, September 8
Find us in the Mezzanine!

Graphix Authors Meet & Greet/Signing
Towne Center Books
555 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA
Saturday, September 8

Graphic Novel Palooza!

A Great Good Place for Books
6120 LaSalle Avenue
Oakland, CA
Sunday, September 9

Graphix Authors Event & Signing!
Books, Inc. Laurel Village
3515 California St
San Francisco, CA
Monday, September 10

James Burks is the creator or “Bird and Squirrel on the Run.” When a feathered and a furry pair outwit Cat, they become fast friends with a zany adventure to boot. Bird is the eternal optimist and Squirrel is terribly afraid of his own shadow. What a pair these two make!

Doug TenNapel‘s newest graphic novel is “Cardboard.” When the worst birthday present magically comes to life, Cam and his dad are astonished. Unfortunately, the neighborhood bully gets to it and warps the gift into his own evil creation. Cam must now save his town from disaster. Will he be able to do this in time?

And Raina…well, that’s me.