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:


BSC Graphix #4: In Stores! Plus, A Look Back…

January 26th, 2016


It’s hard to believe, but as of today, the fourth graphic novel adaptation of the Baby-sitters Club series, Claudia and Mean Janine, which was first published in 2008, is in stores in full color! This marks the end of my series that launched my career, and set the stage for me to publish Smile. It has been really fun seeing people discover my older work for the first time!

As a special treat to celebrate book 4’s release, I dug up something very cool from my mom’s storage space: Some old BSC art I drew when I was ten years old! Check this out. Proof positive that I’ve been a BSC fan from the early days. I guess that made me a good candidate to adapt the series into comics almost 20 years later!


If you’re wondering where Stacey is, according to the page of notes I also found, this was drawn during the part of the series where Stacey moved back to New York City for a little while. Mallory and Jessi had just joined the club, too. So this was in continuity!

I’d also like to note that Claudia and Mean Janine ended up being my favorite book out of the four BSC graphic novels I drew. I had the best time drawing the kids running around Stacey’s yard, chasing dogs and freaking out Jenny Prezzioso. The scene where Kristy and Dawn hang out in Dawn’s barn is one of my favorites in the entire series. And being able to depict Claudia’s relationship with Mimi was really touching — I drew a lot of inspiration from my own relationship with my grandmother, who also had a series of strokes in her later years. And of course, Claudia’s relationship with her sister draws a few parallels with my own book, Sisters. I enjoy connecting dots between art and life, and the BSC series is no exception.

Book 4 also has a really cool how-to that we created to show my working method and how I create my graphic novels!

Thanks again to the incredible people who helped make these books possible. David Saylor, David Levithan, Janna Morishima, Sheila Keenan, and Cassandra Pelham held the editorial reins; everyone else at Scholastic; John Green, my fabulous letterer; Braden Lamb, who brought the books to glorious new life in full color; all of my friends who lent a hand of support or assistance during the four years these books were in production.

And of course…Ann M. Martin herself, without whom these books would not exist. I am so happy to say that Ann became a friend over the years we worked together, and I’m always grateful for a chance to talk with her and read her books. She’s been an inspiration to me since I was nine years old, and she continues to inspire me to this day.

Order a copy of Claudia and Mean Janine now!