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A Month of Writing Stars – Raina Telgemeier

Every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book writing “star,” someone who I think is a very good writer.

I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis?

Here is the archive of previously featured writers.

Today we look at a writer who is a marvelous storyteller!


I already featured Raina Telgemeier on the Month of Art Stars, for her expressive Lynn Johnston meets Bill Watterson art style, but consarnit, she’s just too good of a comic book WRITER not to feature here, as well!

First off, Telgemeier is one of the best comic book adapters that I have seen, as I have little to no interest (closer to no) in the Baby Sitter’s Club, and yet I’ve read and enjoyed her adaptations of the Ann M. Martin books. She just knows how to tell a story beautifully.

However, that is not limited only to ADAPTING comics, because her OWN work is excellent, as well!

Her auto-biographical comic, Smile (about her experiences dealing with tooth problems as a young girl), is coming out soon as a graphic novel (well, 2010, but that FEELS soon!). A comic book about dealing with dental issues sounds totally boring, but Telgemeier manages to make it fun and engaging. It started as a web-comic, which you can still see here (the beginning, at least).

During the Art Stars piece, I shared a great short story by Telgemeier, and it is so good that I am going to share it again, this time as an example of how good of a storyteller she is (and how clever she can be)…

As an extra bonus, here’s another short story by Telgemeier…

Check out some more of her comics here!


Tom Fitzpatrick

January 27, 2009 at 4:16 am

That was funny about the kid who got cash for x-mas and no-body else.


Nice, Brian!

Definitely a brilliant all-round writer/artist… And there’s not many contenders for that… (in fact, bet you can’t get a month out of Writer/Artists! ;-) )

Are her non-Babysitter shorts collected anywhere?

Her work has a real warmth to it, and I look forward to seeing more. Thanks for giving me the heads up on a cartoonist I’ve never heard of, but whose work I’ll be checking out!

Not the type of stories I’d intentionally go out and look for, but I definitely enjoy them when I happen to stumble upon them. Very nice.

I would lay on the car hood or bring a blanket for the shoulder because I cannot trust the thought that no car might ever come down the road and kill me.

She has collected her work into minis, which she sells as part of the Comics Bakery. They usually appear at NYCC and MoCCA.
She is also working on an OEL shoujo X-Men graphic novel.

soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good i love it

I love your book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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