Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, but made her way to New York City when she was 22 to attend the School of Visual Arts as an Illustration and Cartooning student. She received her BFA in 2002, and has worked as a freelance artist ever since. She is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, the co-author of X-Men: Misfits, and the author-illustrator of the NYT bestselling dental memoir graphic novel Smile, which recently won the Eisner Award for Best Publication for a Teen Audience and Drama, which was named a Washington Post book of the year. Smile was also an ALA Notable Book, a Kirkus Best Book of 2010, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor title.
Dave Roman is the author of several graphic novels including Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, Teen Boat! and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories to Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and is the co-author of two New York Times bestselling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story. Roman is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and worked as a comics editor for the groundbreaking Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009.
PRESENTATIONS & AUTHOR VISITS:
Award winning husband and wife author/illustrators Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat, Nickelodeon) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Baby-sitters Club) are available for individual and joint presentations and workshops! Their dynamic visual presentations use humor and personal anecdotes to enthusiastically share all the hard work and passion that goes into making a graphic novel.
From brainstorming ideas, writing and revising, sharing art supplies & techniques, plus live drawing demonstrations, Dave and Raina invite people of all ages into the world of cartooning. Showing how they went from self-publishing black and white handmade minicomics to full-color graphic novels sold in bookstores, Dave and Raina will demystify the process and inspire everyone to want to create their own visual stories!