Call Out for an Assistant!

SEEKING: Art Assistant/Studio Intern

Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Baby-sitters Club) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Agnes Quill) are seeking a studio assistant to help with the production of graphic novels for Scholastic and First Second Books. Ideally, an art student with some experience making comics. This will be a great opportunity to learn valuable pre-press skills and gain insight into the process of creating a graphic novel!

Be able to commit to 1 day per week (day negotiable)
Be able to commute to Astoria, Queens, NY (we are near the subway)
Basic Photoshop skills
Familiarity with InDesign a plus

Ruling out page templates
Erasing pencil lines from inked artwork
Scanning black and white comic and thumbnail pages
Digitally cleaning up art files in Photoshop
Flatting colors for comic pages
Prepping packages for shipping
Occasionally dropping off packages at post office

This is an unpaid position, but you will receive credit in any printed works.

Please contact Dave Roman at yaytime AT gmail DOT com, with the word ASSISTANT in the subject line. Please include a link to your website and/or a brief resume. Thanks!

Small Press Expo 2010

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Hey, I designed the poster for this year's SPX! I'll be there this weekend (September 11-12) with the Comics Bakery at Table G15-16, selling an assortment of goods including a few SMILE buttons.

Saturday, I'm on a panel. This one:

Comics for Younger Readers
Saturday, Sept. 11
5:00 PM
Brookside Conference Room

Book-length comics for younger readers are increasingly following graphic novels for adults into the bookstore and library shelves. Johanna Draper Carlson will discuss the pleasures and challenges of creating comics for younger readers with the collaborative duo Metaphrog, Aaron Renier, Raina Telgemeier, and Drew Weing.

Can't wait! See some of you there!

New Short!

I added a new short comic to the webcomics section of my site: this one is called Can I Try an Eskimo Pie?

I'd like to do more of these in the coming weeks, in theory so I can print up a new mini-comic in time for SPX. I've got a couple of deadlines hovering overhead, though, and if those take priority, maybe a new mini in time for APE in October...we shall see!

Con of Cons

As usual, I have too many thoughts and far too little time to really do up a proper San Diego con report. Here's a bullet-list, mostly so I don't forget what happened when!

--Travel was super-smooth. Saw a few comics folks on the plane, including Jeff Smith & Vijaya Iyer!
--Checked in, dragged stuff over to the convention center, felt exhausted immediately.
--Set up at the Flight booth! How lucky I was to table with these guys this year...spent a nice little while talking life stuff with Amy Kibuishi and meeting she and Kazu's son, Juni, for the first time.
--Pizzaaaaa. I may have been too tired to appreciate it, but I'm pretty sure it was delicious. I sat with Steve Flack, Matt Roscetti, and Mandy Sartor, one of my roommates during the trip. I hope I was coherent; I'm pretty sure all I talked about was how much I like that cheese they put on the salad.
--Midnight Ralphs (I always feel like there SHOULD be an apostrophe in that...) run. Stocked up on lunch items, and as a result, spent way less money on food overall than I normally do! Our suite had a kitchen and refrigerator, which made packing a lunch every day very easy.

The dizzying view from our 12th-floor room.

--The first of several free breakfasts. Best thing about the Embassy Suites.
--A terrific first day of conventioning--in fact, I did my best sales of the whole weekend on Thursday.
--The Edmunds family, Tracey, Shelby, and Sarah, presented me with a fabulous present: a handmade SMILE necklace, made out of sculpy!!! I loved it!!
--Missed the Scott Pilgrim panel, but that's okay.
--Dinner with the First Second folks! Had a great time talking with Mark Seigel, Scott McCloud, Lark Pien, Jen Wang, Nate Powell, Ed Masessa, James Sturm, and Annie...ack, what was Annie's last name? Our waiter looked like Alec Baldwin and I tried crab but didn't like it.

My SMILE necklace, made by the lovely Edmunds ladies.

--A slightly slower sales day.
--Floor got VERY crowded. I got a little overwhelmed.
--Had a LOVELY talk with Greg Evans, the creator of Luann. We traded books! He is so nice! Another check-off on my list of Cartoonists I've Met Who Influenced Me From The Very Beginning. Thanks, Greg!
--Decided to cut out a little early. Lack of sleep caught up with me, so I went swimming and took a nap. That did the trick!
--Dinner at the Seaport Village with the Maihacks, Jen & Mike, Jeff Denton, Katie and Steve Shanahan, Rawles, Alison Wilgus, & Johane Matte. MUCH laughter and good times! I ate tacos.
--Scott Pilgrim movie party! Spent most of it talking to Matt Loux, Dylan Meconis, and a nice lady named Rachel who's last name I did not get. I did not see Scott Pilgrim at the party, to my disappointment.

Johane and Katie display their CANADIAN POWER!

--Comics in the Library panel! Was fun talking comics with the librarians and our moderator, John Hogan.
--I had a meeting in the pro lounge with an awesome person who I'm not sure if I'm allowed to mention, but it's the kind of thing that could lead to bigger things in the future!
--Thrillingly, I sold out of all the copies of SMILE I'd brought with me at 5 PM! So I just...walked around, hung out at Dave's table in Small Press, and relaxed!
--Met up with a bunch of kidslit creators for drinks, which segued into dinner. These folks are a really fun, creative, smart bunch, and talking with them was a distinct pleasure, definitely a highlight of the weekend for me. Thanks to Jimmy Gownley, Andy Runton, Matt Holm, Jarrett Krosoczka, Dan Satant, Melissa Wiley, Bob Boyle, James Burks, and Kyle (whose last name I can't seem to track down for the life of me) for the good times--and, most especially, the great Jennifer Holm for putting the whole thing together!

After the Comics in Libraries panel

Dan Satant and I

--I attended a panel about comics as a window into the inner voice of a child, which was a great learning experience--the moderator, once again the amazing Jenni Holm, asked the panelists funny questions, trivia, and opened the doors for them to tell funny stories, rather than focusing on creator-focused questions. It was a laugh-fest for the audience, and hugely entertaining.
--Next I was on a panel with my very own Dave Roman and John Green, a KidsDraw! event where we basically did some interactive drawing games with the audience. A lot of fun!
--I went out to get the only lunch I actually bought all weekend--at Tin Fish! I'd heard nothing but great things, so I stood in line for 20 minutes and then waited 30 for my order. My swordfish taco (!) did not disappoint.
--Spent some time hanging out at the Flight booth, even though I had no books to sell! I did get to sign some copies of Flight though, and it's just nice being in the company of the people who make up the Flight crew.
--I bought exactly nothing. I think that's a first for me.
--Packed up, said our good byes, and then met Dave's cousins at Buster's for dinner. Third crazy seafood-thing of the weekend I tried: shark! In tacos. That's two taco-meals Sunday, for a grand total of three throughout the weekend. I could probably keep going with that. Tacos are great.
--My roomies and I went swimming and hot-tubbing, then we crashed!

John Green & I at the KidsDraw! panel.

--Travel. We flew home on Midwest Airlines, which I'd never even heard of, and had a layover in Milwaukee. (Does that count as visiting Wisconsin, a state I'd never been to before?) Dave and I were very pleasantly surprised to find that the airport has a GREAT bookstore, that sells rare and out-of-print editions. I could have spent hours there! We also had a perfectly respectable Italian dinner. Oh, and Midwest serves fresh-baked cookies on all of their flights. RECOMMENDED.
--I read my Luann book during most of the trip, and realized JUST HOW MUCH I actually ripped Greg Evans off in SMILE! Since Luann collections weren't published as I was growing up, a la Calvin and Hobbes or Foxtrot, I only read the strips as they appeared in the paper. But they must have sunk in pretty deep. Thanks and sorry, Greg!


I LOVED exhibiting with Flight. The booth was in a terrific location, we got tons of foot traffic, and having my banner there made me easy to spot from afar. Not to mention, I got to spend time with wonderful people!

The reception to SMILE was wonderful. I signed a heck of a lot of copies that people brought from home, all of which looked well-loved! I wish I'd brought more books with me, because I had to turn a lot of people away on Sunday.

A heap-ton of my high school friends came by to say hello--Claire, who is in the last chapter of SMILE; Melissa, who I haven't seen since graduating; Gil, who I've known since 6th grade and ALSO haven't seen since graduating; Vicki, who has the cutest kids on the planet; and Jeff, who is one of my favoritest people on earth and who I never see enough of. Happiness!!

I think I'm finally learning to navigate SDCC with a minimum of health issues. Those who know me well know I suffer from frequent stomach problems, and conventions (stress + eating badly + eating at odd hours + not getting enough sleep) usually increase my problems tenfold. But, buying groceries meant I was eating safe food every day instead of spontaneous, awful convention snacks; having a free breakfast every day meant I could fill up on good stuff and not feel like I was losing money at a buffet by not eating the stuff that's bad for me; and eating fish again allowed me to eat food that wasn't deep fried or covered with cheese or cream sauce...the way most vegetarian stuff is when you're traveling.

I had a lot of really, really good talks with friends, most of which kind of helped me get my thoughts in order about what's coming next for me. It's been a crazy year, and SDCC is my last big event until SPX in September, and I definitely need this time to get ahead on projects big and small.

Scott Pilgrim mania was at a fever-pitch, and made me feel really proud of Bryan Lee O'Malley, but also comics in general. It's easy to lose sight of comics at Comic-Con, and I know that a big part of the SP intensity had to do with the imminent movie release...but I felt like we were celebrating the comic, too.

The Scott Pilgrim garlic bread truck, headed down Harbor after midnight.

There's so much I missed, but I think I saw and did everything I hoped to this year. I'm pumped to make more comics, and I'm looking forward to SDCC 2011. Bring it on!

The rest of our photos from the con can be seen here.

San Diego Comic-Con, July 21-25

Oh boy! I missed it last year, but this year I'll be returning to San Diego for...


I'll be around all weekend (July 21-25), exhibiting primarily at the Flight Booth, #2235. Joining me will be some of the other Graphix creators: Kazu Kibuishi and Jake Parker, of Amulet and Missile Mouse, respectively. And of course, the whole Flight crew will be on hand with a brand-new volume of the anthology! The Flight booth is where you'll be able to find SMILE at Comic-Con this year, so if you'd like to buy a copy or have your copy signed, stop by! I'll also have some original art and a few other goodies as well.

While I'll be stationed at the Flight booth most of the time, I'll be appearing in a few other places over the course of the con...


Friday, July 23
Signing at the Cartoon Art Museum Booth for their annual Sketch-A-Thon!
A $10 donation toward the museum gets you a drawing by me!
3 - 4 PM
Booth #1930


Saturday, July 24
Panel: Comics in the Library
11 AM - 12 PM
Room 8

How are comics used in libraries? This panel discusses the variety of ways that libraries around the countries have begun to integrate comics into their collections and programming. Special attention is paid to the following subjects: comics for early readers; nonfiction comics, comics for adult readers. Presented by Francisca Goldsmith (Infopeople), Merideth Jenson-Benjamin (Glendale Public Library), JoAnn Jonas (San Diego County Library), Tuan Nguyen (Texas Maverick Graphic Novel List), Jill Patterson (OC Public Libraries), and comics creator Raina Telgemeier (Smile). Moderated by John Hogan (The Graphic Novel Reporter).


End of the spring tour: ALA!

I can't believe my 12-week run of events is almost over! I've got one more good one before I wrap up things for a bit, though: The American Library Association's Annual Conference, in Washington, DC!

I'll only be at ALA for one day, Monday, June 28, but I plan to make the most of it. Here's the event I'll be doing:

Monday, June 28
1:00PM - 2:00PM

Authors on the Pavilion: A Conversation With Raina Telgemeier,
Smile (Scholastic)
Moderated by Brigid Alverson
(Good Comics for Kids/School Library Journal)
Graphic Novel Pavilion Stage

(located on the map where you see booths 2264 thru 2267)

Brigid will be interviewing me about Smile, and my earlier work, and we'll be showing some slides and images from my career. After that, I will be signing copies of Smile, so if you don't have one yet, come and get one from me there!

The other graphic novel-centric programming can be found at this link.

Librarians and attendees, if you'd like to meet up or chat at some point on Monday, please drop me a line! I'll be at the conference all day, and while there are a couple of panels I plan to attend, I'll have some free time, too...

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards!

Some VERY exciting news: SMILE was recently named as an Honor Book in the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature!! This is the first time a graphic novel has made it onto the list, and I'm extremely humbled to share the short list with such an amazing group of talented authors.

You can read the full press release here.

I'll be traveling up to Boston in October for the awards ceremony, and look forward to meeting and congratulating the other winners and honorees!

Smile Tour Goes NORTH: Halifax, June 18-19!

Michigan was a blast, and I'm only home for two days this week before I jet off to Canada...here's what I'll be up to, up there:

Friday June 18th
Ladies' Night at Strange Adventures

5262 Sackville Street
Downtown Halifax, NS
6pm to 9pm

This will be a lot of fun! Halifax's own comic shop, Strange Adventures, is throwing a ladies-only party, so us girls can talk comics with other girls in a friendly, welcoming environment. I'll have copies of Smile, the BSC books, and X-Men: Misfits. There will be prizes! And snacks! And I get to hang out with my friend Faith Erin Hicks, who is the event's other special guest! I am told guys can hang out at the pub next door! :)

Saturday June 19
Grand Opening of Dartmouth Strange Adventures

101 Portland Street
Downtown Dartmouth, NS
Noon to 6pm

The next day, come celebrate the opening of Strange Adventures' second store branch, in Dartmouth, NS--you can take a ferry to get there! Dave and I will both be signing and hanging out from 1-3. Everyone is welcome at this event, so I hope you'll come by and say hello.

I'm looking forward to finally seeing the Maritimes--after our trip to Maine a few weeks ago, I'm craving more sea breezes and harbor views.


I'll post more about this next week, but: I'm going to be at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC, on Monday, July 28! I've got a panel & signing in the Graphic Novel Pavillion from 1-2. Librarians, I'd love to meet you and sign a copy of Smile for you!

Kids Read Comics: Dearborn, MI, June 12-13. FREE!

I'm back from a fabulous time in North Carolina for Heroes Con (Friendly Southerners! Hot weather! The best cornbread I've ever had!) and am now gearing up for this coming weekend's Kids Read Comics event in Dearborn, Michigan.

KRC is a free event taking place at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in Dearborn, June 12 and 13. The weekend will feature hands-on workshops, panels, and presentations for kids, families, and educators. You can see the programming schedule here; I'm involved in the following events:

Panel Discussion - Drawing From Life
Sat, June 12, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Not every comic tells a made up story about costumed adventurers, fantasy princesses or rodents dressed in human clothes. There are many engaging comics memoirs, histories, biographies and more that explore real people and real events. Join Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Ryan Estrada, Jim Ottaviani, and Stephanie Mannheim as they talk with moderator Paul Storrie about how they’ve brought real life to life in comics form. All Ages.

Demo - Cartooning Styles
Sun, June 13, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join cartoonists Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier for a humorous interactive presentation about art styles, featuring images of popular cartoon characters like Sponge Bob Squarepants and Mickey Mouse, and how different artists interpret them. Explore character design, followed by an interactive drawing demo, in which you, the audience, will instruct Raina in creating characters and images! All Ages.

Live Reading - Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman
Sun, June 13, 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman will read (and perform) chapters from their all-ages graphic novels as the illustrated panels are projected onto a large screen for all to see. They’ll also ask for some volunteers from the audience to play some of the characters. All Ages.

As I said, this event is totally free and open to the public, so you've got no excuse not to come. Bring the family! See you there!

The SMILE Tour Heads South

Next up on my whirlwind tour is another event I'm particularly excited about: HEROES CON!

JUNE 4-6, 2010
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC

Dave and I will be at TABLE 519 IN INDIE ISLAND!

I'm honored to be one of the guests in Indie Island, because from everything I've heard, this is the coolest place to be. I'll be surrounded by friends and artists I admire. Please come by for a book, a sketch, or a chat! I've wanted to visit North Carolina for years (probably because of a certain obsession with Ben Folds Five...), but for whatever reason, it hasn't happened until now. Heroes Con is said to be one of the most laid-back, family-friendly conventions out there, so I can think of no better way to greet the south.

The convention hours are as follows:

Friday: 11.00 am - 7.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Sunday: 11.00 am - 6.00 pm


Friday, June 4
3.00 PM
Room 207BCD

Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter meets with some of the brightest stars in the comic firmament to discuss how they learned to handle the age-old question: what do you do when comics becomes your livelihood? Joining Tom will be Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie ), Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac), Ed Piskor (Wizzywig) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile).

Sunday, June 6
3.00 PM
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COMICS: What To Leave In, What To Leave Out
Room 208AB

Autobio comics have long been one of comics' greatest and most idiosyncratic genres, focusing on the lives and memories of cartoonists and using comics as an immersive tool. Moderator Dustin Harbin discusses autobio comics and what makes them work (and not work) with Erika Moen (Dar), Ken Dahl (Monsters), and Raina Telgemeier (Smile).

Extreme thanks are due to Dustin Harbin, Heroes Employee Extraordinaire (and fellow dental drama buddy!), and Shelton Drum, owner of Charlotte's own Heroes Aren't Hard To Find comic book store, for inviting Dave and I to be a part of this wonderful event.