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SPX + Bookstore event!

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It’s already time for another amazing Small Press Expo! It’s one of the best events of the year, and you should be a part of it!

September 13th & 14th
Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road.
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Admission is $15 on Saturday & $10 Sunday. $20 for both days.

SPX Poster

The following Monday…

September 15th
Because we love DC area bookstores so very much, Raina and I’ll be speaking and signing at One More Page Books in Arlington on Monday afternoon at 4:30pm. Join us for some interactive drawing, Q&A, and fun times!

One More Page Books
2200 N Westmoreland Street #101
Arlington, VA 22213

Politics & Prose Graphic Novel Afternoon

Poltics and Prose graphic novels

Sepember 6th 2014 3:30pm at Politics & Prose in Washington, DC.

Jimmy Gownley – The Dumbest Idea Ever!
Dave Roman – Astronaut Academy: Re-entry
Raina Telgemeier – Sisters

Three graphic novels for younger teens focus on the struggles and relationships of school and family. The long-awaited companion to Telgemeier’s perpetually bestselling, Eisner Award winning graphic memoir Smile focuses on Raina’s relationship with her sister. The kids (and cyborgs) are back for another school year at Roman’s Astronaut Academy, playing fireball (go Chibi Sesame Seeds!) and giving their hearts away to their crushes (although sometimes the hearts get eaten). Gownley, creator of the Amelia Rules series, shares the tensions and triumphs of his own teen years, when he began self-publishing comics and met with a brief flush of fame, in his graphic memoir. Ages 11 – 14

Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Astoria Bookshop photos

Here are some photos from our Comics Squad: Recess release party at The Astoria Bookshop in Queens, NY.

Astoria Bookshop 1

Astoria Bookshop event

Astoria Bookshop crowd

Comic Squad event


Comic Squad Release Party!

Astoria Bookshop

Drawing Party + Book Signing at Astoria Bookshop!
Celebrate the new graphic novel anthology COMIC SQUAD: Recess and support Astoria’s awesome independent bookstore! There will be snacks!
All ages welcome!
July 9th, 6:30PM at Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st St, New York, NY 11106
(718) 278-2665

Watch the trailer for Comic Squad: Recess! here…

VIDEO of Dave & Raina presentation

If you weren’t able to make it to our presentation at the 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival, it was captured on film and you can watch the full thing HERE!

Gaithersburg Book Festival

Gaithersburg Book Fest

Just back from Toronto (and Japan the week prior) & now Dave and Raina are heading down to Maryland for the Gaithersburg Book Festival! They will be joined by Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), so you won’t want to miss it.

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


Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) & 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


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

TCAF photos & video!

We had a lot of fun at the Toronto Comic Arts Fest this year!

Raina Telgemeier Lynn Johnston Kate Beaton

Graphic Novel readers theater

Rainbow Rowell

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

For more in depth TCAF goodness, check out Raina’s convention wrap up and Dave’s convention wrap up!

Toronto Comic Arts Festival


Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier and John Green will be returning to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! this weekend! The guest list includes hundreds of other amazing artists from all over the world! And best of all, the event is totally FREE!

Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)
@ Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON, Canada
May 10, 9am-5pm
May 11, 11am-5pm

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

Dave, Raina & John will be involved in tons of cool programming you will want to check out!
Programming is spread out amongst several separate buildings, so be sure to double check the address for each!

FRIDAY, May 9th

Great Creator Visits!
9:45am Librarian & Educator Day (registration required)
What makes an author or artist visit to your library awesome? What can you do to get the most out of the time comics creators spend with kids? Renowned cartoonists Raina Telgemeier and Lynn Johnston have been guests at dozens of libraries throughout their careers. Join them as they discuss the dos and don’ts of hosting comics creators in your school or library!

Lynn Johnston and Kate Beaton in Conversation
Hosted by Raina Telgemeier
The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor
Doors at 7pm. Presentation at 7:30pm.
Rush line admittance at 7:20pm (event is sold out but standby tickets may be available)
Two of Canada’s most beloved strip cartoonists join together to discuss their careers and officially open the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2014! Lynn Johnston and Kate Beaton have each garnered enormous followings with their unique voices and atypical cartooning beginnings. Moderated by cartoonist Raina Telgemeier.


SATURDAY, May 10th

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

Getting Real with Raina Telgemeier and Jimmy Gownley!
@St Pauls Church, 227 Bloor St East
Join Raina and Jimmy for live performances from their real-life graphic novels, Smile and The Dumbest Idea Ever! Audience participation will be encouraged, so bring your best voice-acting talent! Signing to follow!

SUNDAY, May 11th

Comics Quickfire!
@Toronto Reference Library, 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!
Toronto Reference Library, Beeton Auditorium, 1st Floor
@ 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!

Kids Fall GN Preview
@Marriott on Bloor/Yorkville Rm 400
With Kazu Kibuishi, Raina Telgemeier, Britt Wilson, John Martz, Paul Pope, and moderator Scott Robins! This is your chance to win a rare advance preview copy of SISTERS!! You must be in the audience of this panel in order to qualify!

Small Press Expo 2011


Dave Roman, John Green and Raina Telgemeier will be at be at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD September 10th & 11th.

You can find them at Table F16 in front of their new Astronaut Academy banner!


MoCCA Art Fest 2011

Was it really a whole year since our last post? Well, we have been busy! Lots of new stuff and appearances on the horizon. For instance…

Dave Roman and John Green will be attending the MoCCA Art Fest.

They’ll be sharing a table with their buddies Zack Giallongo and Travis Nichols.

Meanwhile, Raina Telgemeier will be a guest at Teen Book Con in Texas!

So if you can make it to either event, please do!

Dave and Raina will also be at the Texas Library Association conference the following week in Austin Texas partying with librarians and educators.