My new webcomic! Starbunny, Inc.

Star Bunny

I just launched a new full-color webcomic called Starbunny, Inc. that I’m super excited to share with you!

I’ll be updating new pages every Wednesday and Friday over the summer.

Starbunny, Inc. panel

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School & Library Visits

Author Visits

I updated the Author Visits page of my website. I love getting kids excited about writing & drawing! Definitely reach out if you are interested!

Here’s a writeup and a bunch of great photos from my recent visit to Strawberry Knoll Elementary, which was hosted by An Open Book!

Dave Roman at Strawberry Knoll Elementary

author drawing

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Read Cupcake Helicopter!

Just uploaded my first Cupcake Helicopter mini-comic for you to read in color!

Cupcake Helicopter cover

Cupcake Helicopter page

READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE!

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Gaithersburg Book Fest Photos

As expected, Raina & I had an amazing time at Gaithersburg Book Festival!

I even appear briefly in this video about the festival…

Our drawing games had a great turn out with super creative volunteers!
Gaithersburg Book Fest crowd

Gaitherburg Book Fest drawing party

Raina drawing

Thanks to everyone who came by to get their books signed and share anecdotes about reading and drawing with us!
book signing

I also got to share the stage with my good friend, Ben Hate (creator of Zita the Spacegirl) for some fun talk about space heroes.
Dave Roman and Ben Hatke

And of course you can’t get two cartoonists on stage without some competitive drawing!
Ben Hatke and Dave Roman

An evil banana driving a dinosaur mech, per the audience suggestion!
Dinobot

*Some of these photos were borrowed from Tom Angleberger & Eden Miller! A few more are posted at Comicsgirl.Tumblr.com

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No sleep till Gaithersburg!

Gaithersburg Book Fest

Just back from Toronto (and Japan the week prior) & now we are heading down to Maryland for the Gaithersburg Book Festival! I had a wonderful time last time and hope to have even more fun this year! And I’ll be joined by Raina Telgemeier and Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) this time, so you won’t want to miss it.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
Saturday May 17th 10AM-6PM
Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds
FREE!

PRESENTATION TIMES:

Dave Roman & Raina Telgemeier (Smile)
Time: 1:15 P.M. – 2:05 P.M.
Location: Willa Cather Pavilion

Dave Roman & Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl)
Time: 3:15 P.M. – 4:05 P.M.
Location: Edgar Allan Poe Pavilion

SIGNING TIMES:

Time: 2:15 P.M. – 3:05 P.M.
Location: Politics and Prose signing area

Time: 4:15 P.M. – 5:05 P.M.
Location: Politics and Prose signing area

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TCAF 2014 Photos & Video

Here’s a glimpse at all the fun we had at the Toronto Comic Arts Fest this year!

Some people said it was hard to find us at the show this year. You just had to know where to look…
TCAF kids programming

The kids room was a bit disconnected from the rest of the show, so we really appreciated every single person who took the time to stop by. We did get to meet a lot of great kids and families. Not to mention practice our crayon skills.
TCAF kids room

I was passed a note by dreamy comics writer, J. Torres. He’s still nervously awaiting my response.
pass the note

For the Reader’s Theater panel, I chose a great volunteer to help me read a chapter from Astronaut Academy. He had the perfect maniacal laugh to be a villainous member of Team Feety Pajamas!
Graphic Novel readers theater

And it turned out he was a big fan who brought his well-worn copies of the books to get signed. The ultimate compliment!
Astronaut Academy reader

Author Rainbow Rowell offered to staff our table while I was away at a panel. With her help we sold all 25 copies of my new Starbunny, Inc. mini-comic by the end of the first day!
Rainbow Rowell

An awesome fan made a lego sculpture of a Mountie riding a horse, riding a jet ski inspired by the comic John Green drew for the TCAF program booklet a few years ago.
Teen Boat lego

Here’s a panel from that comic for reference.
Teen Boat Canada

The annual Comics Quickfire game show was possibly our most fun yet. The room was packed with cheering folks who helped us create crazy improvised comics.
Comics Quickfire 2014

Here’s an awesome video clip from the Epic Draw finale in which Frank Cammuso takes one for the team drawing his least favorite thing…SNAKES!

Got to go to some awesome parties like Comics Vs. Games at Bento Miso. We headed there with great friends George Rohac and Kazu Kibuishi to check out the 3-D art.
Bento Miso Kazu George

Over the course of the weekend we ran into old friends, made new ones, ate lots of Japanese food & Greg’s ice cream.
Greg's ice cream

Some of the treasure plundered from the show. I’m sure there’s so many great books I didn’t get a chance to pick up. TCAF has the highest density of creative talent on earth!
TCAF books

Our last day in town, I found an awesome hot dog & polish sausage vendor on King Street! A tasty way to end our adventure & say goodbye to Toronto till next time!
Toronto hotdog

For more TCAF goodness, check out Raina’s convention wrap up!

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TCAF 2014

TCAF
This weekend is the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! The guest list is positively insane. So many amazing artists from all over the world!

Saturday May 10th 9am-5pm
Sunday May 11th 11am-5pm
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
FREE!!!

I’ll be at TABLE B4 (on the first floor), and will be debuting my new mini-comic called Starbunny, Inc. and giving out free stickers with each purchase!
Starbunny Inc. box & stickers

I’m also involved in some cool programming you will want to check out!
**Be sure to note that programming is spread out amongst two separate buildings.

    Saturday May 10th

Dave Roman’s Astronaut Academy, and Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl!
12:30 – 1:30pm
@ St. Paul’s on Bloor, 227 Bloor Street East

On the occasion of the much-anticipated release of The Return of Zita the Spacegirl, join creator Ben Hatke to welcome her back! Ben will be joined by author and artist Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and they will both present from their newest works.

    Sunday May 11th

Comics Quickfire!
11:30-12:30pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Beeton Auditorium, 1st Floor
A fast-paced game show where volunteers are paired off with (or against) professional cartoonists in a series of fun-filled drawing challenges! Audience members will provide suggestions and add to the creation of totally improvised epic drawings! Featuring hosts Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Alec Longstreth (Phase 7), Jason Caffoe (Explorer: Lost Islands), John Green (Teen Boat!), Frank Cammuso (Misadventures of Salem Hyde) and Raina Telgemeier (Drama)! Great for all ages!

Graphic Novel Readers Theater!
2:30-3:30pm
@ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Beeton Auditorium, 1st Floor
A live performance involving lots of audience participation and silliness. Raina Telgemeier (Drama), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) and John Green (Teen Boat!) will perform chapters from their all-ages comics including one from the soon to be released anthology, Comic Squad!

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Calling all Imaginary Friends

Imaginary Friends

I created some new art for the Imaginary Friends show at Gallery Nucleus. It’s in conjunction with the new book by Dan Santat called “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend.” There’s an amazing lineup of people so if you are in the LA area you should definitely check it out!

More info HERE!

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Litworks 2014 photos

I had a wonderful time at LitWorks in Norridge, Il. Huge thanks to organizers for inviting me out!

Joy Yee noodles
Whenever I’m in the Chicago area, I must have at least one meal at Joy Yee! They have the best pan fried noodles in the world…and the biggest smoothie assortment I’ve ever seen. Love the Strawberry-Pineapple-Banana-Coconut. I also tried the pineapple fried rice which was delicious. It was a shame that I couldn’t finish it all and had to leave it in my hotel fridge.

Litworks authors
The best part of any literary festival is getting to know the other authors. Marie Lu (Legend), Antony John (Elemental), Kody Keplinger (Shut Out), Jennifer E. Smith (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight) and Jack Gantos (Dead End in Norvelt) are all amazing people that I hope I get to see lots more of in the future.

Litworks helpers
At LitWorks each of the authors is assigned their own entourage of helpers! They each took turns carrying around my severed head, perhaps as a homage to Game of Thrones (debuting it’s 4th season later that weekend).

Dave Roman headshot
Even I was excited to meet Dave Roman! I totally fanboyed him.

Jack Gantos talk
Seriously, if you ever have a chance to see Jack Gantos give a presentation, DO IT! I’ve been fortunate to see him a few times now, and he always leaves me winded from laughter. Not to mention totally inspired to go out make great things.

Litworks team
During my breakout sessions I had some teens collaborate on improvised comics, which is always a ton of fun. This one involved Humpback Whales attending a Metallica Concert.

Dave Roman button
Everyone got free lunch and tons of swag!

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LitWorks, in Norridge, IL

Litworks banner

I’m excited to be a part of the 2014 LitWorks Teen Book Fest!

Saturday April 5th 9am-4am
Norridge, IL
Eisenhower Public Library & Ridgewood H.S. present a FREE event for Teens to meet six exciting authors, to celebrate teen reading, and to have fun!!!
LitWorks begins with an Open Author Panel in the auditorium of Ridgewood High School. This panel is an opportunity for you to meet all six authors. You can then sign up for break out sessions for each of the authors.

Books will be for sale, courtesy of Anderson’s Bookshop, throughout the event and you will be able to get items signed by authors at the Author Autograph Party. Music, snacks, and give-aways will be available throughout the day.

Free Admission for Teens — $5 for Adults.

Full schedule.

Litworks Authors

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