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!

My Next Book’s Title Will Be…

July 12th, 2015


Yes!!! I announced my next graphic novel’s title earlier today at San Diego Comic-Con, and revealed the teaser image above as well as the first bit of information about the story.

Eleven-year-old Catrina and her family are moving to the small coastal town of Bahía de la Luna because her younger sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends, but she tries not to complain because she knows Maya will benefit from the clean, cool air that blows in from the sea. As the girls settle in, they learn there’s something a little spooky about their new town…

I’ll reveal the book cover and a longer description of the story as the release date draws closer. For now, I hope this will pique your interest!

The book will be full color, published by Scholastic/Graphix, 240+ pages, and entirely fiction.

GHOSTS will be in stores in the fall of 2016.

San Diego Comic-Con International!

July 2nd, 2015

I’m a special guest at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con! That means I have something going on every day of the show, including a pre-con kickoff event! I’m also up for an Eisner Award, for Best Writer/Artist. I hope to see some of you over the course of the week!

Tuesday, July 7
An Evening with Raina at the San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA
Free and open to the public!

July 8-12
San Diego Comic-Con International
San Diego, CA
I will have a table in Artist Alley: HH-16! Find me there, signing, at all times except for the following programming events:

Thursday, July 9
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Capturing Teen Angst in Comics
Room: 8

Friday, July 10
12:30pm – 1pm
Graphix 10th Anniversary panel

Saturday, July 11
3pm – 4pm
Kids’ Comics Panel
Room 23ABC

Sunday, July 12
10am – 11am
The Girls Are All Right!
Room: 30CDE

1:45pm – 2:45pm
Spotlight on Raina Telgemeier
Big Announcement! I’ll be revealing the title and a teaser image and description of my next book at my spotlight panel!!
Room 5AB