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

Toronto Comic Arts Fest, 5/10-5/11 – UPDATED!!

May 6th, 2014

I’m re-posting this because some of the info has changed! (And please read all the way to the bottom of this post to find out how to win a SISTERS advance preview copy!):

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival!

TCAF is one of my favorite events, and I’ll be there again this year with books and art and some swanky new bookmarks to promote SISTERS! And I’ll be sharing my table with Dave, who will have the minicomic debut of his new project, StarBunny, Inc! I’ll be at my table all times except during my programming events (listed below), and I’m happy to sign anything you bring.

TCAF is free to attend, so Canadians: I hope you’ll drop by at some point during the weekend and say hello!

Toronto Comic Arts Festival
May 10-11
Toronto Reference Library
Bloor & Younge
Toronto, ON

My table is on the first floor, B4–here’s a floor map! Look for the Astronaut Academy banner to find my table.


Friday, May 9

Librarian & Educator Day (registration required)
Panel: Great Creator Visits!
What makes an author or artist visit to your library awesome? What can you do to get the most out of the time comics creators spend with kids? Renowned cartoonists Raina Telgemeier and Lynn Johnston have been guests at dozens of libraries throughout their careers. Join them as they discuss the dos and don’ts of hosting comics creators in your school or library!

Lynn Johnston and Kate Beaton in Conversation
Guest Moderator: Raina Telgemeier
The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor
Doors at 7pm. Presentation at 7:30pm.
Rush line admittance at 7:20pm (event is sold out but standby tickets may be available)
Two of Canada’s most beloved strip cartoonists join together to discuss their careers and officially open the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014! Lynn Johnston and Kate Beaton have each garnered enormous followings with their unique voices and atypical cartooning beginnings. Moderated by cartoonist Raina Telgemeier.

Saturday, May 10

Getting Real with Raina Telgemeier and Jimmy Gownley!
St Pauls Church (offsite KidsDay program space–see map)
227 Bloor St E
Join Raina and Jimmy for live performances from their real-life graphic novels, Smile and The Dumbest Idea Ever! Audience participation will be encouraged, so bring your best voice-acting talent!
Signing to follow!

Sunday, May 11

Comics Quickfire!
Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Auditorium, 1st Floor
A fast-paced game show where volunteers are paired off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges! Audience members will provide suggestions and add to the creation of totally improvised epic drawings! Featuring hosts Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Alec Longstreth (Phase 7), Jason Caffoe (Explorer: Lost Islands), John Green (Teen Boat!), Frank Cammuso (Misadventures of Salem Hyde) and Raina Telgemeier (Drama)! Great for all ages!

Kids Fall GN Preview
With Kazu Kibuishi, Raina Telgemeier, Britt Wilson, John Martz, Paul Pope, and moderator Scott Robins! This is your chance to win a rare advance preview copy of SISTERS!! You must be in the audience of this panel in order to qualify!
Marriott Rm 400