Search Results for: Raina Telgemeier

Drama Cover Revealed; Telgemeier’s Followup to Smile

Raina Telgemeier (author of Smile, one of the best graphic novels of 2010) has released this cover to her next book, Drama. Due in September 2012 from Scholastic, Drama involves theater geeks working stage crew in middle school. What a great title! And I love that strong purple. Update: The book is now available at Amazon with this description: Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she’s a […]

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The Comic Big Two Isn’t What You Think

Brian Hibbs’ yearly BookScan analysis is always worth reading for the insight it gives into how comics (mostly in the form of graphic novels and collections) sell in the wider book market (even with the caveats that this data doesn’t cover the entire market, only those that choose to report, and the data providers have their own restrictions, even more this year). The 2019 analysis ends with this particular pie chart that I found striking. The “comic big two” was […]

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Ghosts: A Not-So-Scary Roundup

It’s that time of year, when we start thinking about ghosts and goblins and jack-o-lanterns and things that go bump in the night. There are plenty of comics and graphic novels with ghosts in them, but not all are scary. Here are some great reads that happen to have spirits in them. Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz, Oni Press After struggling with mental health issues, Celeste takes an archivist job at a creepy local museum. A ghost […]

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What I’ve Done at Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2019

The show is still going on — I’m taking a short break before my final panel (and the final panel of the show), “History Though Comic Eyes” — but I wanted to take a few minutes to capture TCAF memories so far. First, the workshop went well! I’d been wanting to do a session on how to get publicity for newer comic professionals for a while (based a good amount on my PR: What Not to Do category). I was […]

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The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day

The sixth installment of the super-popular Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel series revolves around a major, life-changing event. Kristy’s mom is getting married, which means Kristy is moving to a new, bigger house in a different neighborhood. The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day is by Gale Galligan, based on the novel by Ann M. Martin. The club is now made up of six members, and Kristy worries about how she’ll stay president once she moves. She’s counting on having one last […]

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The Art of the Graphic Memoir: Tell Your Story, Change Your Life

The Art of the Graphic Memoir: Tell Your Story, Change Your Life sets out to be instructional, but the part I found most fascinating was when author Tom Hart talked about the choices he made for his own book, Rosalie Lightning. (Hart has previously written The Sequential Artists Workshop Guide to Creating Professional Comic Strips; Rosalie Lightning is his story of the death of his not-yet-two-year-old daughter.) While there are exercises and lessons on creating graphic memoir in this book […]

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TCAF a Month Away, With Tons of Guests

It’s spring, so it’s time for TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, one of the high points of the comic convention season. One of the many things that makes this such a terrific show is that they incorporate mainstream comics, art works, independent releases, international input, and manga, covering the entire gamut of the medium. Their headlining guest this year is Junji Ito, making his first North American appearance. Ito is an acclaimed creator of horror manga, including Uzumaki and […]

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Action Presidents: George Washington! and Abraham Lincoln!

The team behind Action Philosophers! — writer Fred Van Lente and artist Ryan Dunlavey — have returned with an entertaining look at key men and events in American history, beginning with the two most famous Presidents. The attitude behind the series is apparent from the beginning. As narrated by Noah the Historkey (a history turkey), the George Washington! book begins with the best-known fable about Washington, which is promptly denounced as both “boring” and told by a “well-known liar.” Instead, […]

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