Happy Birthday to First Second books!

This week is the tenth anniversary of First Second Books! To celebrate, Travis Jonker and School Library Journal asked a bunch of First Second authors to redraw the cover of one of our favorite First Second books by another author. I drew a homage to Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff. And the amazing George O’Connor (Olympians) did a fun rendition of my Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity!

It’s been a unique privilege to have my books be in such great company. Love and hugs to everyone at First Second past and present and wishing them another 10 years of great graphic novels to their legacy.

Check out all the great cover tributes over at School Library Journal!

First Second birthday book covers

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MIDDLE GRADE GIGGLES & GASPS!

MIDDLE GRADE GIGGLES & GASPS!
Saturday October 31st. 1-3pm.

Join Books of Wonder for an afternoon of giggles and gasps as MAX BRALLIER, GITTY DANESHVARI, TOMMY GREENWALD, ALAN KATZ, DAVE ROMAN, and NEIL SWAAB stop by for an afternoon of Middle Grade books you and your young reader won’t want to miss!

MAX BRALLIER for The Last Kids on Earth
GITTY DANESHVARI for The League of Unexceptional Children
TOMMY GREENWALD for Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Planet Girl and My Dog Is Better Than Your Dog (Crime Biters #1)
ALAN KATZ for The Day the Mustache Took Over
DAVE ROMAN for Teen Boat: Race for Boatlantis and Slappy’s Tales of Horror
NEIL SWAAB for The Secrets to Ruling School (Without Even Trying)

Books of Wonder Middle Grade books

More info at the Books of Wonder website. The store is located at 18 West 18th street (between 5th and 6th Avenues).

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Baltimore Comic Con 2015

Come find me at the Baltimore Comic Con September 25-27th! I’ll be hanging out in the Kids Love Comics area. Table #3028

Kids Love Comics

LOCATION:
The Baltimore Convention Center
Pratt and Howard Street Lobby.

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Slappy’s Tales of Horror

Check out this neat ventriloquist dummy I found in the thrift shop!

Slappy's Tales of Horror

That must mean that Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy’s Tales of Horror is in stores now! The book features four creepy stories including my comics adaptation of “Night of the Living Dummy,” the classic tale by R.L. Stine that introduces the world’s most villainous ventriloquist dummy! You’ll definitely want to know Slappy’s full origin before you see the new Goosebumps movie with Jack Black! Being prepared is you best defense in warding off evil puppets.

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Princeton, NJ Library event

This Friday, August 14th! Book event + cartooning games for kids & teens at Princeton Public Library in Princeton, NJ at 3:00pm. More info at Princeton Library website.

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You’ve Got The Tide!

You’ve got the TIDE! You’ve got the OCEAN! You’ve got… the trailer for TEEN BOAT! THE RACE FOR BOATLANTIS!

Featuring animation by Denver Jackson and music by Eliot Drozd.

YYEEEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!

The Race for Boatlantis webcomic is serializing now for free! We have to take it down when the book comes out in September. So now is you chance to check it out and help us spread the word!

Teen Boat 2 preview

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San Diego Comic Con!!!

Comic Con guests

This year I’m an official guest of Comic-Con International! This is a huge honor! I’ve been going to Comic-Con since I was a teenager!

I’ll have a table in the ARTIST ALLEY section, which is where you can find me for most of the convention (look for the Teen Boat banner).

This my list of panel appearances and other places you can find me.

FRIDAY, July 10th

11AM-12PM Sci-Fi Comics Theater: Dave Roman & Tom Angleberger
A visual conversation between author Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda) and cartoonist Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Teen Boat!) about self-publishing, dream jobs, graphic novels for kids, school misfits, and robot doppelgangers. Hosted by Noelene Clark (LA Times Hero Complex), this fun-filled panel will include interactive readings, improv drawing games, and surprise guests! ROOM 4

**THIS IS MY FIRST EVER SPOTLIGHT PANEL! It would be the coolest to see you there!

2PM-3PM Signing at the :01 First Second Booth #1323
I’ll be signing copies of the Astronaut Academy books at my publisher’s booth.

SATURDAY, July 11th

12PM-1PM CBLDF Comics in the Classroom
w/ Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck, The Plain Janes), Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales), Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish), Matt Phelan (The Storm in the Barn, Bluffton),Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Jax Epoch and the Quicken Forbidden) and educators Rose Brock and Dr. Meryl Jaffe. Room 30CDE

Time: 3PM – 4PM Kids Comics Panel
Room 23ABC

SUNDAY, July 12th

1PM-2PM Push Fun Forward: All-Agnes Comics Have Arrived
BOOM! Studios associate editor Whitney Leopard leads a discussion of the significance of all-ages comics—from what it has achieved thus far to what lies ahead—with creators Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade), Thom Zaler (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Aron Steinke (The Zoo Box), Ian McGinty (Munchkin), and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy).
Room 24ABC

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Events in California

I’ll be joining Raina Telgemeier for these two events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Wednesday, July 1
Green Apple Books on the Park event & book signing
1231 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 742-5833
7pm

Friday, July 3
Flying Colors Comics
Oak Grove Plaza Shopping Center, 2980 Treat Blvd
Concord, CA 94518
(925) 825-5410
3-7pm

Flying Colors ad

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Thanks Learning Lamp!

I had a great time at the Learning Lamp Children’s Book Festival in Johnstown, PA! Thanks everyone who came by to say hi, share artwork and collaborate in the drawing games! It was especially cool, getting to hang out with authors, Greg Pizzoli, Zachariah OHora, & Mark Weakland! I left feeling super inspired to get to work on some new books!

Dave Roman Astronaut Academy

Avengers of Kidlit
The Avengers of KidLit!

Pizzoli OHora Weakland Roman

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Learning Lamp Children’s Book Festival

April 10th-12th I’ll be an official guest at the Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown!

Learning Lamp Childrens Book Fest

The three-day festival is free and is geared to children in grades Pre-K through 6. Designed to bring books alive in an impactful and lasting way, the festival features performances by nationally-known, award-winning authors, illustrators and storytellers. Named as one of four “Best of the Best” arts projects in Pennsylvania in 2013 by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the festival also includes lots of arts and crafts, live musical and theatrical performances, and new and used children’s books that people can purchase to build home libraries of their own. Every child walks away with a free age-appropriate book from First Book and winners of our bookmark contest take home a basket full of books. Other guests include Greg Pizzoli, Zachariah OHora, & Mark Weakland!

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