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The SISTERS Tour: Full Schedule!

All right…the list of tour stops is now 99.9% complete! I’m hitting the road to visit a good chunk of North America over the next couple of months — will I see you at one of these events?


Books will be for sale at every event. Events are free unless otherwise noted. Ticketed events may sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve soon!

Sept 13-14
Small Press Expo (SPX) :: Tickets $15/Sat, $10/Sun, $20/Weekend
Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center
Bethesda, MD
My table: H1-H2
My spotlight panel is on Saturday at 1pm!

Monday, Sept 15
One More Page Books Event
with Dave Roman
Arlington, VA

Saturday, Sept 20
Princeton Book Festival
Princeton, NJ

Monday, Sept 22
Oblong Books Event
6422 Montgomery St.
Rhinebeck, NY

Thursday, Sept 25
University Bookstore Event
with Kazu Kibuishi
Seattle, WA

Friday, Sept 26
Seattle Public Library Event (sponsored by Secret Garden)
with Kazu Kibuishi
SPL Northeast Branch
6801 35th Ave. N.E
Seattle, WA

Sunday, Sept 28
North Vancouver Event (sponsored by Kidsbooks) :: BUY TICKETS
with Kazu Kibuishi
Highlands United Church
3255 Edgemont Blvd.
North Vancouver
Info: 604-986-6190

Monday, Sept 29
Vancouver Event (sponsored by Kidsbooks) :: BUY TICKETS
with Kazu Kibuishi
West Point Grey United Church
4595 W 8th Ave.
Info: 604-738-5335 or

Thursday, Oct 2
Chapters Brampton Event
Brampton, Ontario

Friday, October 3
Brookline Public Library Event (sponsored by Booksmith)
Brookline, MA

October 4-5
MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comic Expo)
Boston, MA
Special guest! Look for my program on Sunday, and find me at my table the rest of the weekend signing books!

Monday, Oct 6
Wellesley Bookstore Event at the Morse Institute
Natick, MA

Wednesday, October 8
Best American Comics Event :: BUY TICKETS
The Strand Bookstore

Thursday, October 9
Graphic Novelists PICTIONARY
with Jarrett Krosoczka, Sara Varon and Frank Cammuso
McNally Jackson Booksellers
52 Prince Street, NYC

Saturday, October 11
Sheboygan Children’s Book Festival
Sheboygan, WI
Here are four places to find me on Saturday!

Saturday, October 18
Vegas Valley Book Fest
Las Vegas, NV
Program and signing Saturday the 18th!

Wednesday, Oct 22
Alameda Free Library Event (sponsored by Books Inc.)
with Kazu Kibuishi
Alameda Free Library
Alameda, CA

Friday, Oct 24
Pleasanton Library Event (sponsored by Towne Center Books)
with Kazu Kibuishi
Pleasanton Library
Pleasanton, CA

Saturday, Oct 25
Reading Bug Graphic Novel Event
with Kazu Kibuishi
San Carlos, CA

Monday, Oct 27
Anderson’s Bookstore Event at Wentz Hall
with Kazu Kibuishi
Naperville, IL

Wednesday, October 29
Delaware County District Library (sponsored by Fundamentals)
with Kazu Kibuishi
83 East Winter Street
Delaware, OH

Thursday, October 30
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
with Kazu Kibuishi
Cincinnati, OH

November 20-23
Miami Book Fair
Miami, FL

November 23-25
Washington, DC


Don’t see your city on this list and still want a signed book? My local indie bookstore, The Astoria Bookshop, will ship one to your door!

SMILE is Kind of Popular, Still

This boggles my mind: SMILE just hit the two-year mark on the New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller list. Two years!!! Without a movie tie-in, without being part of a series, and while competing with books like Batman and The Walking Dead. This would not have happened without the support and enthusiasm of booksellers, librarians, teachers, bloggers, and most of all, readers. So thank you, readers! You’ve made my day/week/month/year!


I had a nice time at Book Expo America and Book Con this past week and weekend. It’s exciting to see so much support for Sisters, before it’s even published. Here are a couple of photos:

The enormous, lit-up Sisters banner at the Scholastic booth!

Signing books before my Book Con panel.


So a couple of weeks ago, I got a neat surprise: Mark Tatulli, who is best known as the creator of the syndicated comic strips Lio and Heart of the City, decided to write a week’s worth of HotC basically celebrating Smile and the awesomeness of graphic novels in general. Here are the strips:

To say I was flattered was a huge understatement!!

I got a chance to meet Mark at Book Expo, and he is just as nice as can be. Thanks again to Mark for this incredible shout-out! I hope some of my readers will check out his comics in return.

One Year…

My next graphic novel, SISTERS, will be out one year from today!

I know that seems like a long time, but I’m still drawing it. I’ll finish up the art around New Years, then the book goes into production (more about what that means here and here), and the finished product will be in stores on September 1, 2014. I hope to announce book tour dates sometime late next summer.

I’ve been posting process shots over on Facebook and Instagram (@goraina). Here’s just a little bit of the work in progress that is making a 200-page graphic novel…

I think it will be worth the wait!

Anyway, all is not lost! I’ve got short stories in several anthologies coming out between now and Sisters’ release date:

Fairy Tale Comics
I wrote and drew an 8-page Rapunzel story.
In stores September 24!

Explorer: The Lost Islands
I drew a 16-page story, written by Dave and colored by Braden (who is also coloring Sisters!).
In stores October 15!

Funny Pages: Recess
I wrote and drew 14 pages for this anthology.
In stores July, 2014!


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