Happy Holidays!

November 29th, 2015

Hey guys!

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!

NYCC & New York Events!

October 5th, 2015

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
Room 1A24
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
Telgemeier (Drama).

Saturday, October 10

Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Room 1B03
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
Room 1A10
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

4:00 PM
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!

Events! Chicago & Salt Lake City!

September 3rd, 2015

Hey guys! I’m doing two quick stock signings at a couple of bookstores next week. That means I won’t be giving a full-fledged presentation, but will be hanging out for about an hour at each location, signing books and chatting with anyone who wants to stop by and say hi.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
811 Elm St, Winnetka, IL 60093
Phone: (847) 446-8880


Sunday, September 13, 2015
The King’s English
1511 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Phone: (801) 484-9100

Hope to see you there!

Presenting: The B&N Special Edition of SMILE!

August 25th, 2015


2015 marks FIVE YEARS since Smile was first published, so Barnes & Noble decided to publish an exclusive collector’s edition of the book!

Here’s a post B&N created for their blog, talking all about it. There are 16 extra pages of content, including a photo gallery, a step-by-step making-of section where I show off my entire creative process, and a Q&A featuring some of my most frequently-asked questions! And, how about that super-shiny cover!!

The book is for sale on September 1, exclusively at Barnes & Noble locations across the country, or from B&N’s website. Hope you guys enjoy it!

Barefoot Gen, Again and Again

August 6th, 2015

Today is August 6, 2015. That marks 70 years since the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, the morning of August 6, 1945. A day that changed the world forever. A day that artist Keiji Nakazawa lived through as a young boy, and then went on to write a comic autobiography that would one day change my life forever.

Barefoot Gen is a raw, gripping, heartbreaking first-person account of living through the bombing of Hiroshima. I read the book for the first time the summer between fourth and fifth grades, and it shook me to my core. It told me grave truths about the world. It showed me the capacity of the human spirit. It made me an instant pacifist. And it showed me, plain as day, the enormous power of comics as a storytelling medium.

Last Gasp (Gen‘s current American publisher) is running a Kickstarter to publish a new, hardcover edition of the first four volumes of Barefoot Gen, for distribution to schools and libraries. I couldn’t be more pleased to put my support behind this project. I believe this is a book every human being needs to read. It’s a difficult story to process, but it pulls no punches in showing the reader just how awful war can be. Keiji Nakazawa passed away at the end of 2012, and I’m proud to be part of a movement that does not want to see his or Gen‘s legacy be forgotten.

Back in 2002, during my last semester in art school, I was assigned to write a short comic about ‘the first comic I ever read.’ While Gen was not technically my first comic (that was Calvin and Hobbes!), it was the first graphic novel I ever read, and had such a profound effect on me that I had to write about it. The result was my short comic, Beginnings (below), which ended up being the first comic I had re-published in an anthology, the reason Scholastic noticed my comics and wanted to work with me, and the small puzzle piece that has connected me with a wide and wonderful network of readers around the world. Last year it was also translated and published in Japanese, and as a result, I was able to have a dialog with many, many like-minded people who have supported Gen in Japan.

So please, support the Barefoot Gen Kickstarter, create art and stories about the things that move you, and don’t be afraid to speak up for a more peaceful world.

Read the rest of the story here!