This weekend: Kids Read Comics!

Dave and I are off to Michigan for a three-day extravaganza at one of the coolest comic events anywhere: Kids Read Comics!

Here's where you can find me throughout the weekend:


We're kicking things off with a special evening at the Ann Arbor District Library. Dave and I are going to be talking about our work, reading from our books live on stage, and getting everyone excited about the weekend of kids, comics, and fun ahead. Afterward, Dave and our good friend Kevin Coppa will be presenting Puppetbenders, the live, puppet version of Avatar: The Last Airbender!

Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Dave Roman and Kevin Coppa, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm Books will be available for purchase!

The weekend itself will be nonstop Kids Read Comics action, in and around Chelsea, Michigan (directions here). The whole event is TOTALLY FREE, and welcomes kids, teens, and parents all weekend with activities, a chance to meet tons of great comic artists, and hands-on workshops where you can write and draw your own stories and characters! Here are my panels, workshops and events:


12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Quick Draw! improv cartooning with Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier New Chelsea Market, 125 South Main Street – All Ages

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Artist Spotlight with Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier Chelsea River Gallery, 120 S. Main – All Ages

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Artist Signing – Raina Telgemeier Come meet the author of the Eisner-nominated Smile and get your copy signed! Chelsea District Library Front Lawn – All Ages

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm On Saturday evening, there's going to be a reception for a gallery show I have some work in: COMIC JAM at the Chelsea River Gallery. Join us for the opening reception! All of the artists' work will be for sale, and you can see finished original pieces alongside our process work: thumbnails, rough sketches, and so forth. Chelsea River Gallery, 120 S. Main St.


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Making Your Life into a Comic Raina Telgemeier shows how everyday moments of your life can be made into a comic strip! Kids will start by making a list of events that will be adapted into comic panels. Book signing will immediately follow. Chelsea District Library, McKune Room – Ages 8-16

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Interactive Comics Reading Raina Telgemeier (Smile) Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) and special guests will perform chapters from their all-ages graphic novels. The illustrated panels will be projected onto a large screen for all to see, and volunteers from the audience will be chosen to play some of the characters. Chelsea District Library, McKune Room – All Ages

Please note that I do not have my own table in the artist alleys. My books (and SMILE t-shirts!!) will be for sale at the Green Brain Comics table (located in the Registration Tent on the front lawn of the Chelsea District Library) all weekend, and you are welcome to bring your own copies of my books for me to sign, too!

See you there!

Raina Telgemeier