Search Results for: Raina Telgemeier

Roller Girl

One side effect of Raina Telgemeier’s dominance of the graphic novel market for young people is the need to be able to answer the question, “What do I read next?” I recommend Svetlana Chmakova‚Äôs Awkward, but Victoria Jamieson’s Roller Girl is also quite popular with that audience. Astrid is best friends with Nicole. They go together to a roller derby match, and Astrid loves it, but Nicole isn’t so sure. They’re growing apart, anyway, in other ways, with Nicole more […]

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The Huge Comic Market No One Knows About

Cartoonist Ben Towle has an impressive rundown of a huge market for kids’ books and comics: the Scholastic Book Fair. If you’re not familiar (although if you went through the US school system, you likely are), Scholastic, perhaps the most significant children’s book publisher, runs sales at schools. They also run the imprint Graphix, which has published two of the most revolutionary graphic novels in the modern era: Jeff Smith’s Bone and Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, as well as other works […]

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Amazon Bans Providing Items for Review (Except Books)

The development of reviews on Amazon is a mini-history of the internet, in a way. At first, it allowed you to hear from people who’d already had experience with something you were interested in buying. Then it became a way to create memes (with goofy reviews of simple pens) or gang up on people whose ideas you disagreed with (as when people downvoted Raina Telgemeier’s Drama graphic novel just because it included happy teen gay characters). Soon, it became a […]

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Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel Adaptations to Continue

Raina Telgemeier, the woman who has revolutionized the graphic novel market by putting out approachable graphic memoirs that have been best-sellers for years, first came to public notice by adapting and drawing comic adaptations of four early Baby-Sitters Club books. The first one came out in 2006, but her later work — Smile and Sisters in particular — became so popular that they reissued her versions in color last year. The four books were Kristy’s Great Idea The Truth About […]

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Papercutz Gives Away Nickelodeon Magazine for Library Events

Papercutz has announced that they will give librarians hosting comic book events free copies of Nickelodeon Magazine. Says the publisher, “This new program ensures that no comics-themed event will have to do without giveaways that incentivize reading.” To participate, librarians should contact Sven Larsen, Papercutz VP of Marketing, six to eight weeks before their event with details of their plans. Papercutz will send 100 copies of the latest Nickelodeon Magazine issue; the library pays shipping. Here are excerpts from the […]

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The Baby-Sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey (Full Color Edition)

The color reissues of the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels continue with book two in the series, The Truth About Stacey. These volumes are based on the original novels by Ann M. Martin as adapted and drawn by Raina Telgemeier (Smile), now colored by Braden Lamb. Originally published in 2006, only the covers have changed. And it’s interesting to compare the illustration to the one used on the previous book — here, Stacey (in the background by herself) has the huge, […]

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Off to TCAF! Panels on Travel, Memoir, and Sex

This weekend is the Toronto Comics Arts Festival, or TCAF, the reason I keep my passport current. It’s a wonderful show, free to everyone, held at the Toronto Reference Library, and with substantial content and attendees. I’m honored this year to be moderating three panels, all on topics I find fascinating in comics. Here’s my schedule, but visit the programming list to see the many more choices available as well. Art of the Travelogue, Saturday, 12:15pm, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville Hotel The […]

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She Makes Comics – A Documentary on Women in Comics

I got a chance to watch the Sequart documentary She Makes Comics, which covers “the history of women in comics as creators, fans, and everything in between.” The movie is available from that link as a DVD or digital download. (Update: See end of post for updated ways to see the movie.) From the start, it’s a jolt, a shot in the arm full of passion and enthusiasm as women talk about why they love and make comics. Simply seeing […]

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