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I made valentine’s day fan art for some of my :01 First Second friends, Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) and Zack Giallongo (Broxo).

First Second Books characters

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Real Men Read event

Real Men Read Delaware

I will be a guest at the 6th Annual Real Men Read! event in Delaware.
February 4th at Alfred G. Waters Middle School.
Doors Open at 6:00pm
FREE!
Keynote Address by legendary author, Jack Gantos!
Books will be sold at the event. Hope to see you there!

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Merry Christmas

I thought it would be fun to make a seasonal commercial for graphic novels, the perfect gift for the holidays! Inspired by the Kraft cheese commercials that used to play between holiday specials when I was growing up. Why not pick up a comic book for someone you love?

I have a vast love of holiday movies: old, new, and random. And since people often ask me for recommendations, I figured I’d make a few lists of personal favorites. These are 100% sincere, not ironic endorsements.

My favorite Holiday Specials and Christmas Movies…

Holiday Specials collection

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Order books for the holidays

signed books

For a limited time only, I’m offering signed/personalized copies of the Astronaut Academy books.
For $12 each (shipping included). If you’d like the books to arrive before Christmas definitely place your order by December 17th!

Paypal to thecomicsbakery@gmail.com
(be sure to include the names you’d like the books personalized to.)

books as gifts

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VIDEO: Book recommendations for the holidays

Watch Raina Telgemeier and I in our winter sweaters as we join Jerzy Drozd and librarian superstar, Sharon Iverson (AADL) for a festive talk about fantastic graphic novels & comic books to give as gifts for the holidays. Lots of readers advisors and a lightning round! Bonus discussion about why I love snowmen, a video montage at the end, and a cameo by our Christmas tree.

Comics Are Great!

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Holiday Party/Fundraiser at Grasshopper Comics

Grasshopper Comics Logo

Grasshopper Comics Annual Holiday Fundraising Party & Book Signing!
Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Charity Raffle at Grasshopper Comics. All proceeds go to the John Thiessen Children’s Foundation (JTCF.org). There will be an afternoon drawing party with snacks, artists and writers, as well as appearances by Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, and members of the Justice League of America!
Guest authors include: Jacob Chabot (Voltron, Mighty Skullboy), Chris Giarrusso (G-Man, Mini-Marvels), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama).

Saturday, December 7, Starting at 12pm
Grasshopper’s Comics
76 Hillside Ave.
Williston Park, Long Island, NY 11596
(516) 741-5724

RSVP on their Facebook Invite

Grasshopper Comics store

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VISIT Allentown Art Museum while you can!

Here is a video tour of the exhibit “Drawing on Character: The Art of Children’s Graphic Novels” a selection of original artworks by illustrators Eric Wight (Frankie Pickle), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn). It’s on display at the Allentown Art Museum until December 29th, 2013.

Astronaut Academy art exhibit

Dave and Raina exhibit

graphic novelists

graphic novel display

More photos from the exhibit posted HERE.

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Adventures in France

I had an amazing time traveling through France, visiting Saint-Malo, LeMans, Mont Saint-Michel. Tons of photos on our FLICKR page.

Saint Malo castle
Saint-Malo is one of our favorite places in the world!

Raina Telgemeier Ted Naifeh Dave Roman
Our traveling companion was Ted Naifeh, the amazing creator of Courtney Crumrin!

Dave & Kouign Amann
So many Kouign-Amann so little time! These local Bretagne desserts are pure butter and sugar perfection!

I hope to have a video up soon too.

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Comics Arts Brooklyn signing

Comics Arts Brooklyn

I’ll be doing a signing at the First Second Books booth, 1-2pm at the Comics Arts Brooklyn festival on Saturday November 9th, 2013

Mt. Carmel Church
275 N. 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Fall Fest & Art Exhibit in Allentown, PA

Drawing on Character art of graphic novels

Fall Festival: Worlds of Wonder
Sunday, November 3
12-4pm

Allentown Art Museum
31 North 5th Street
Allentown, PA 18101
(610) 432-4333

NY Times bestselling authors Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Last Airbender) will deliver a lively, visual discussion on comics & graphic novels, and how reading them as kids served as inspiration throughout their lives, fostering a love for reading and a passion to make their own books. They will share insight into working for companies like Nickelodeon, and Scholastic as well as what it’s like being a full-time cartoonist. The presentations will include a visual slideshow, live drawing demonstration, Q&A, book signing & more!
Also appearing: Eric Wight (Frankie Pickle) and Matt Phelan (Storm in the Barn)!

Admission to the festival is free!!

This event is part of the museum exhibit “Drawing on Character: The Art of Children’s Graphic Novels” a selection of original artworks by illustrators Eric Wight (Frankie Pickle, Simon and Schuster), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Scholastic), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, First Second), and Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn, Candlewick) details the process of creating successful graphic novels, from pencil sketch to the finished page. The museum exhibit is on display till Sun, December 29th, 2013

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