Posts Tagged ‘Raina Telgemeier’

New York Comic Con 2011 at a Glance

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The sixth annual New York Comic Con is upon us! With it comes a fourth day of panels, screenings, back-issue browsing and celebrity sightseeing. I will once again be set up in Podcast Arena with all of my recording gear for my podcast, Comic Timing. Be sure to stop on by booth D14 in the Artist Alley to say hello, talk comics and maybe even buy some of the comics I’m getting rid of.

Before Thursday hits and we all get lost and overwhelmed, here are a few choice panels that should not be overlooked if you are looking to learn more about the nonfiction side of this here industry. I’m also including a few panels that might not be strictly nonfiction but could very well have some elements of nonfiction to them.


RWP 2.0 – The Future of Comics in the Classroom
Date: Thursday, October 13
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Location: 1A02

Speakers: Charlie LaGreca, Dr. Michael Bitz, Jessica Abel, Josh Elder, Matt Madden

Find out how YOU can help get comics into schools and get schools into comics in this informational seminar hosted by some of the biggest names in the world of comics and education. Join Josh Elder of Reading With Pictures, Dr. Michael Bitz of the Comic Book Project, Charlie LaGreca of Comic Book Classroom and Jessica Abel and Matt Madden of Drawing Words and Writing Pictures as they unveil their plans for 2012 and beyond.

I’m including this one for any comic book professionals or teachers out there that might be interested. This is only available to those with Professional badges; Thursday general hours begin at 4pm.


2011 Eisner Award Nominations

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The 2011 Eisner Award nominations were just announced, with the following receiving nods for Best Reality-Based Work:

It Was the War of the Trenches, by Jacques Tardi (Fantagraphics)
Picture This: The Nearsighted Monkey Book, by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)
Special Exits: A Graphic Memoir, by Joyce Farmer (Fantagraphics)
Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Terrible Axe Man of New Orleans, by Rick Geary (NBM)
Two Generals, by Scott Chantler (McClelland & Stewart)
You’ll Never Know Book 2: Collateral Damage, by Carol Tyler (Fantagraphics)

Other nominations for these works include Best U.S. Edition of International Material for It Was the War of the Trenches, Best Painter/Multimedia Artist for Picture This, and Best Publication Design for both Two Generals and You’ll Never Know.

Other notable works that received nominations include Raina Telgemeier’s Smile in the Best Publication for Teens category and Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and Khalil for Best Digital Comic.

Voting for the Eisner nominations was conducted online and concluded March 24; the Eisner Award results will be announced on July 22 at San Diego Comic Con.

(via The Beat)

Teeth and Consequences

Friday, March 18th, 2011

When I was a kid my mother used to constantly mention my crooked teeth, never sparing an opportunity to say I would probably need to get braces. That day never came—though my brother did have to get them—but I know I was incredibly lucky. However, even if I did have to get braces, I’d still be far luckier than Raina Telgemeier, who lost her two front teeth in sixth grade and then suffered the consequences for the next four years. She chronicles this journey of braces, retainers, false teeth, and more in her graphic memoir Smile, published by the Graphix imprint of Scholastic Books.

Raina is careful to explain every step of the process, showing her various visits to the dentist and orthodontist (and an unfortunate periodontist) and illustrating exactly what is happening to her teeth at that given point in time. It takes a lot of anxiety out of dental visits, making this ideal for pediatric dentists to give to their first-time patients, or any child patient about to undergo a major procedure.

Even removed from the dental context, the book has a lot of value for kids and tweens. The story of Raina’s toothy escapades is really just a framing device for those formidable years of her life, where she’s navigating that line between child and adult and figuring out what kind of person she wants to be. As Raina struggles with each new development in her mouth, she’s also making the transition from junior high to high school and reaching a point where she can actually choose her friends. The book has a lot to say about peer pressure, as her friends and classmates react to her teeth and other parts of her appearance with varying degrees of kindness and cruelty.

Raina Telgemeier is also the illustrator for The Baby-sitter’s Club Graphix line, so she’s well accustomed to drawing the trials of preteen girls, and this book continues that standard of excellence. The characters are cute and expressive, each panel crackling with life. The colors by Stephanie Yue are simple but bright, the background shades creating atmosphere despite a lack of detail.

Smile has proven to be very popular among the kid crowd, and why not? It’s got humor, hope, friendship, and love—all the things that should make you smile.

by Raina Telgemeier
colors by Stephanie Yue
published by Scholastic (New York, 2010)
ISBN 978-0-545-13206-0

A Comic Proposal

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

For that special lady, men often try to find a special way to propose marriage. Some do it on the JumboTron at sports games, others hire planes to carry the message across the sky via banner or skywriting. Many just simply wait for the perfect moment, where the lighting and music are just right and everything is just picturesque. For cute comics couple Dave Roman (Agnes Quill) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile), there was really only one way Dave could have proposed to his love, and that’s through the medium they both love.

The comic tells an abbreviated version of their entire relationship, leading up to the fateful moment when he presents his comic to her and then pops the question in real life. Raina then fills out the rest, illustrating her acceptance as well as some key details that Dave didn’t mention. It’s completely sweet and adorable, and hopefully you’ll see them sharing booth space at the next convention you attend.