San Diego Comic-con 2016!

July 18th, 2016

Hey guys! Sorry it’s been so quiet around here. I’ve been super busy working on the details for my upcoming Ghosts book tour, writing a script for my next book, and just enjoying summer!

I’ll be at San Diego Comic-con this weekend, and if you’ve got tickets, I hope to see you there! Here are all the places to find me over the course of the show:


We Need Diverse Comics
Room 9
Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Ben Hatke (Mighty Jack), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K.), Raina Telgemeier (Ghosts), and Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats) discuss the current state of diversity in the comics industry; what’s changed over the past decade, and what changes still need to happen.


Author Autographing Session
Autographing Area 21
Ru Xu, Raina Telgemeier
Free GHOSTS ARC with book purchase while supplies last!

You Can be the Next Scholastic Graphix Artist
Room: 24ABC
Find out how to get published by Scholastic, the #1 graphic novel publisher for children! What does it take to be published by Scholastic’s Graphix imprint? Join Graphix editors David Saylor, Cassandra Pelham, and Adam Rau alongside authors Jeff Smith, Raina Telgemeier, and Ru Xu to find out how. And stay tuned for a special announcement!

Behind the Curtain: Creating Heroes in all Formats
Room: 25ABC
From secret hero societies to mystery-solving kids, graphic novels prove a picture’s worth a thousand words. Join artists Kate Beaton, Raina Telgemeier, Dustin Nyugen, Derek Fridolfs, Mike Wu, Greg Grunberg and Lucas Turnbloom as they discuss the creation of their new work.

Author Autographing Session
Autographing Area 20
Free GHOSTS ARC with book purchase while supplies last!!


Author Autographing Session
Autographing Area 21
Free GHOSTS ARC with book purchase while supplies last!

Cartoon Art Museum signing
Booth #1930


How (And Why) Kids Started Reading Comics Again
Room 25ABC
How (and why) did comics and graphic novels for kids go from a sliver of the market to dominating the sales charts? And what’s next for the category? New York Times bestselling cartoonist Raina Telgemeier (Drama, Sisters) and children’s librarian Eva Volin are joined by comic industry insiders Gina Gagliano (marketing manager, First Second Books), Adam Staffaroni (senior editor, ROAR Comics), and Sarah Gaydos (editor, IDW) to discuss their theories. Moderated by Josh Elder (executive director, Reading With Pictures).

YA? Why Not? The Importance of Teen and Young Adult Comics
Room: 24ABC
Once the fastest growing genres in literature, YA books have grown beyond
babysitting and first loves. BOOM! Studios senior editor Sierra Hahn and creators Hope Larson (Goldie Vance,Compass South), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama), Cecil Castellucci(Shade, The Changing Girl, Moving Target: Princess Leia) and Brenden Fletcher (Gotham Academy) discuss the significance of these emerging categories of comics and what they mean for modern literacy.

Raina Telgemeier & Gene Yang: San Francisco, 5/7!

May 4th, 2016

I’ll be speaking and signing with Gene Luen Yang this Saturday, May 7, at the SFPL Main Branch in San Francisco! Gene is the creator of some of my favorite graphic novels of all time (American Born Chinese, The Shadow Hero, and Secret Coders, among others), as well as the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! He’s also my friend, and an all-around amazing person. The event is free — please join us!

Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang in Conversation
Saturday, May 7, 2016
12:00pm to 2:00pm
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA

More info here!

Emerald City Comicon, Seattle, WA!

April 4th, 2016

My yellow brick road leads to Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, this weekend, April 7-10!

I’ll have a table in Artist Alley (Booth 16), but I will only be there at the designated signing times, listed below. Here’s my full panel and signing schedule:

Thursday, April 7

SIGNING at Artist Alley Booth 16

Friday, April 8

My First Year in Comics Panel
Room T302
You’ve gotten your first job in comics but now what? Join up-and-coming creators Tini Howard (Magdalena), Jorge Corona (Feathers), Jody Houser (Faith), Megan Levens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Raina Telgemeier (Smile; Sisters; Drama), and Phillip Sevy (Tomb Raider) as they discuss what they’ve done to go from “Brand New” to “Working Consistently” in the Comics industry. Beyond breaking in, the focus of this panel is to discuss different strategies for getting your SECOND job in comics – and then third, and fourth, and so on. Breaking in is only the first step. Come learn about how to take your second.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
SIGNING at Artist Alley Booth 16

Saturday, April 9

YA, Why Not? Panel
Room T302
Once the fastest growing genre in literature, YA books have grown beyond babysitting and first loves. Now that graphic novels are making award-winning shortlists, comics aimed at middle grade and young adult readers are growing in popularity. Join BOOM! Studios senior editor Sierra Hahn and authors Raina Telgemier (Smile), Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Friends with Boys), Hope Larson and Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance), Liz Prince (Tomboy: A Graphic Novel) and Royden Lepp (Rust) in a discussion on the significance of these emerging categories of comics and what that means for modern literacy.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
SIGNING at Artist Alley Booth 16

Sunday, April 10

10:30am – 11:30am
SIGNING at Artist Alley Booth 16

Spotlight on Raina Telgemeier
Room W611
Come hang out with me at my spotlight panel! I’ll be talking about my work, showing old photos and artwork from my early days, doing a live reading and some drawing on stage! PERHAPS there will also be a little sneak peak at my upcoming graphic novel, Ghosts!!

1:15pm – 2:15PM
Signing, Table 26 – 6th Floor Autographing Area
Books sold by University Bookstore

Wondercon: Los Angeles, CA

March 23rd, 2016

This weekend I’ll be a special guest at Wondercon, in Los Angeles, CA!

Here’s my panel and signing information:

Spotlight on Raina Telgemeier
I’ll be chatting with Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios) about my life and my work, and why tween readers are so awesome. We’re going to play MASH onstage and talk about childhood crushes. It’s going to be amazing.
Room 403AB

Signing: 4:45-5:30, Author Signing Area
Books will be available for purchase via Mysterious Galaxy.

Comedy in Comics
Room 152
This panel will include Kyle Baker, Ming Doyle, Francesco Francavilla, Agnes Garbowska, Joe Quinones, and Raina Telgemeier.

Signing: 1:00-1:45, Author Signing Area
Books will be available for purchase via Mysterious Galaxy.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

Hourly Comic Day 2016

February 2nd, 2016

Every year on February 1, I participate in Hourly Comic Day! Cartoonists all over the world draw a comic about the previous hour of their day, for every hour they’re awake. This is my seventh year doing it, and it’s fun to see how things evolve over the years.

This year reflects some of the big changes in my life since last February 1. And because Smile came out on February 2, 2010, this day is always my chance to look back on the ways my career has grown and shifted and taken on a life of its own over time. As always, I’m grateful to all of my readers for sticking with me!

As we speak, I’m in the final weeks of production on Ghosts, and once that’s off to press I’ll be turning my focus back to writing for a few months, before embarking on the GhostsTour later this fall. As always, my events calendar is on the right-hand side of my website’s homepage, so keep your eyes on that to find out when I’ll be visiting a town near you.

Thanks to my friends who were part of my day today in ways big and small. Let’s all do it again sometime.

On with the comics!

(And after all that computer talk, ironically all of my tech stopped working midway through scanning my comics. The world is laughing at me today!)

Past years: