San Diego Comic-Con photos 2014

Comic-Con is AWESOME!

Here’s a slightly belated posting of photos and memories from the insanely fun times we had at the San Diego Comic-Con this year!

Gene Yang and Dave Roman
Thursday night, Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) and I drove out to the Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa for a Get Pop Cultured event.

Monkey King and Hakata Soy
Huge thanks to everyone who came by to see Gene and I speak, draw & perform scenes from our books!

Islands Burger
Afterwards Gene and I dashed off to Islands Burger, one of my favorite burger places on the mainland.

Scholastic Graphix party
Gene then dropped me off at the Scholastic Party, which is always a fun and fancy affair!

Kiersten White and Dave Roman
I got to catch up with a lot of friends including Kiersten White, the author of the hilarious & spooky Paranormalcy series.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
On the way back to my hotel I saw the cast of Game of Thrones just hanging out! The street-level patio was protected by glass shielding, so it was like the actors were actually animals in a zoo. Especially with all of us drooling spectators stopping to gawk at Jamie Lannister and the rest of the beefcakes.

First Second Gina Gagliano and Dave Roman
Here I am with publicists extraordinaire, Gina Gagliano, signing copies of Astronaut Academy at the First Second booth.

Starfleet cosplay kid
This awesome kid cosplaying as a TNG Starfleet officer picked up a copy of Astronaut Academy last year and was super excited to pick up volume 2.

Raina and I got to explore the exhibit floor a bit more than usual this year, and delightedly encountered some of our favorite things!

Raina Telgemeier Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing!

Animal Crossing cosplay
More Animal Crossing!

Pepe the King Prawn
Pepe the King Prawn!

Best Luna Lovegood cosplay
Luna Lovegood!

Lone Starr & Barf cosplay
Lone Starr & Barf from Spaceballs!

Kid Legend of Korra cosplay
Korra, the Avatar!

Speed Racer & Trixie!

Best He-Man cosplay

Doctor Who Loki Thor cosplay
The 11th Doctor & Amy Pond hanging out with Thor & Loki!

Gadget cosplay
Gadget from Rescue Rangers!

Bannister cartoonist Iron Man
Bannister!

Jack Mendelsohn
Jack Mendelsohn, the legendary creator of Jacky’s Diary.

Sergio Aragones draws Batman
I finally got to attend one of the Quick Draw panels featuring Sergio Aragonés (Mad Magazine), Mark Evanier (Groo The Wanderer), Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot), Mark Evanier, and Floyd Norman (Disney legend). I’d heard tales of how amazing this panel was, and it completely lived up to the hype. I was seriously in awe of the quick-witted brilliance of these guys. Drawing as the ultimate form of entertainment. So hilarious!

Johane Matte Avatar panel
My good friend Johane Matte accompanied me to the Avatar Legacy fan panel. Even though we no longer work at Nickelodeon, we’re still the biggest enthusiasts for all things Avatar: The Last Airbender. The panel featured Jessie Flower (the voice of Toph), Josh Hamilton (one of the amazing writers from both Avatar and Legend of Korra), Gene Yang (writer of the Avatar comics), and both Sifu Kisu and Sifu Manny, (the martial arts experts on both shows!).

Nidhi Chanani
Had dinner with the lovely illustrator, Nidhi Chanani!

Rhode Montijo SDCC
We bought so much stuff from Rhode Montijo’s booth. But sadly he was all out these “Draw While You Sleep” elixirs. Would be so useful!

Faith Erin Hicks Eisner Award
We got to congratulate our good friend Faith Erin Hicks on her much-deserved Eisner Award win!

Cartoonists panel at SDCC
Went to see the graphic novel panel with Lucy Knisley, Jenn Wang, Faith Erin Hicks, & Gene Yang (who clearly has a time-turner necklace because he was EVERYWHERE!!) It was hosted by Lev Grossman (The Magicians).


Had breakfast with Teen Boat colorist, Wes Dzioba and his wife Heather at Buster’s Beach House. I love their Down-Island French Toast with Pog (Passion Organge Guava)!

Hero Panel at SDCC
I spoke on a panel about Heros in comics hosted by Meryle Jaffe with Frank Cammuso, Mark Tyler Nobleman, Matthew Holm, Jennifer Holm and Alexis Fajardo. We made crazy drawings at the end.

Cafe 222
Ate delicious cornbread waffles at Cafe 222 at an ungodly early hour.

KidLit meet up
Saturday night was a KidLit meet up, which was a great way to catch with up so many wonderful people.

Kid Lit meet up 2

Chris Duffy and Jim Higgins
Chillaxin’ with Chris Duffy and Jim Higgins!

Elsa vs. Doctor Who w/ Matthew Holm
Sunday was our annual Kids Draw panel! This variation on the Comics Quickfire saw Elsa from Frozen going head to head against the 10th Doctor! Also participating in the fun were Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat, Kirk Scroggs, Jennifer Holm, & Matthew Holm!

Kids Draw panel art
This kid got the drawing I did for the panel.

Comic Con waiting in line
We waited in line for over an hour for the Jack McBrayer & Triumph the Insult Comic Dog panel before we passed out from heat exhaustion & had to give up.

Homer Simpson head
Check out the cool sights and sounds outside the convention center. Trembled before this giant Homer Simpson head.

Seaport Village bench
One of our favorite sanctuaries in San Diego is the Seaport Village. It’s an oasis away from the hustle and crowds and zombie crawls surrounding the convention center.

Seaport Village tacos
Taco time…again!

California Cousins
It’s also an annual tradition to have dinner Sunday night with my California cousins, who fill me in on all the pop-culture craziness I missed!

Comics Jail
At the end of Sunday night they threw us in Comics Jail for not wanting the fun to end!

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San Diego Comic Con schedule

Here is where to find me at Comic Con International: San Diego from July 24th-27th.


Thursday July 24th

4pm: Kids’ Heroes, Capes and Journeys: Does One Size Fit All? (Room 29A)
Graphic novel authors and educators discuss how kids’ heroes have grown and changed over the years. Discussing “Hero” templates, they’ll explore old and new hero favorites and whether a mold helps or hinders the development of future heroes. Panelists will then ask the audience to help create an SDCC 2014 hero as artist panelists draw/design/experiment with hero templates. Implications for fans, educators, students, and aspiring writers, and critics will be discussed. Panelist include Jennifer Holm (Babymouse, Squish)Matthew Holm (Babymouse, Squish),, Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) , Frank Cammuso (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde)TedNaifeh (Courtney Crumrin) , Marc Tyler Nobleman (Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman, Bill the Boy Wonder), and Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf).

THURSDAY NIGHT OFF SITE EVENT:
Gene Yang

7pm: Dave Roman & Gene Yang presentation, live drawing & book signing
Barnes & Noble Mira Mesa
10775 Westview Parkway
San Diego, CA 92126
More info & store locator


Sunday July 27th

10am Kids Draw! Interactive panel. (Room 30CDE)
This fun-filled draw-off pits cartoonist against cartoonist as kids help tell the story-with Kelley Jones (Space Mountain), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Dave Roman(Astronaut Academy), Dan Santat (Comics Squad: Recess), and Kirk Scroggs (Snoop Troop) and as many monsters, aliens, princesses, and plot twists as they can fit into a single panel! Moderated by Matt and Jenni Holm (Babymouse, Squish).

11:30am Dave Roman signing all books at Sails Pavilion, AA09

12pm Dave Roman signing copies of Astronaut Academy at :01 First Second booth #1323

1pm – 2pm All-Ages Comics Have Arrived! (Room 24ABC)
Quality all-ages comics are back and better than ever! We’re not just talking about “kids” comics, we’re talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old, and everyone in between. Join KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters as she has a lively and fun conversation with several all-ages creators, including David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints), and Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time: Candy Capers).

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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

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ALA, T-shirts, Buttons & more!

ALA

ALA, the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas is this upcoming weekend, June 27th-June 30th! I will be sharing a table with Raina Telgemeier in Artist Alley Booth #2120

I’ll be debuting my brand new Astronaut Academy T-shirts…

Astronaut Academy T-shirt

Giving away free Teen Boat buttons…

Teen Boat buttons

And of course I’ll have most of my other books with me as well. Plus, I’ll be giving away bonus swag to anyone who can name more than 3 songs that have appeared in episodes of my Kids’ Comics Revolution Podcast.

Here is some of the cool programming I’ll be a part of at ALA this year:

Friday, June 27th, 6-7pm
Comics Quickfire!
Interactive drawing game show where two volunteers will team up with artists Jake Parker (Missile Mouse), Raina Telegemeier (Smile) and Nathan Hale (Hazardous Tales). Hosted by Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy) and Gregg Schigiel (Pix).

Saturday June 28th, 4-5pm
Comic Squad signing at Random House booth #543 with Jarrett Krosoczka, Jennifer L. Holm, Dan Santat, Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman.

Monday, June 30th 12-1pm
Comics Bakery Reader’s Theater
A live performance graphic novel theater involving lots of audience participation and silliness. Raina Telgemeier (Drama), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), and Jerzy Drozd (Cap’n Cat) will perform chapters from some of their latest comics.

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My new webcomic! Starbunny, Inc.

Star Bunny

I just launched a new full-color webcomic called Starbunny, Inc. that I’m super excited to share with you!

I’ll be updating new pages every Wednesday and Friday over the summer.

Starbunny, Inc. panel

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School & Library Visits

Author Visits

I updated the Author Visits page of my website. I love getting kids excited about writing & drawing! Definitely reach out if you are interested!

Here’s a writeup and a bunch of great photos from my recent visit to Strawberry Knoll Elementary, which was hosted by An Open Book!

Dave Roman at Strawberry Knoll Elementary

author drawing

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Read Cupcake Helicopter!

Just uploaded my first Cupcake Helicopter mini-comic for you to read in color!

Cupcake Helicopter cover

Cupcake Helicopter page

READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE!

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Gaithersburg Book Fest Photos

As expected, Raina & I had an amazing time at Gaithersburg Book Festival!

I even appear briefly in this video about the festival…

Our drawing games had a great turn out with super creative volunteers!
Gaithersburg Book Fest crowd

Gaitherburg Book Fest drawing party

Raina drawing

Thanks to everyone who came by to get their books signed and share anecdotes about reading and drawing with us!
book signing

I also got to share the stage with my good friend, Ben Hate (creator of Zita the Spacegirl) for some fun talk about space heroes.
Dave Roman and Ben Hatke

And of course you can’t get two cartoonists on stage without some competitive drawing!
Ben Hatke and Dave Roman

An evil banana driving a dinosaur mech, per the audience suggestion!
Dinobot

*Some of these photos were borrowed from Tom Angleberger & Eden Miller! A few more are posted at Comicsgirl.Tumblr.com

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No sleep till Gaithersburg!

Gaithersburg Book Fest

Just back from Toronto (and Japan the week prior) & now we are heading down to Maryland for the Gaithersburg Book Festival! I had a wonderful time last time and hope to have even more fun this year! And I’ll be joined by Raina Telgemeier and Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl) this time, so you won’t want to miss it.

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

PRESENTATION TIMES:

Dave Roman & 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

SIGNING TIMES:

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

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TCAF 2014 Photos & Video

Here’s a glimpse at all the fun we had at the Toronto Comic Arts Fest this year!

Some people said it was hard to find us at the show this year. You just had to know where to look…
TCAF kids programming

The kids room was a bit disconnected from the rest of the show, so we really appreciated every single person who took the time to stop by. We did get to meet a lot of great kids and families. Not to mention practice our crayon skills.
TCAF kids room

I was passed a note by dreamy comics writer, J. Torres. He’s still nervously awaiting my response.
pass the note

For the Reader’s Theater panel, I chose a great volunteer to help me read a chapter from Astronaut Academy. He had the perfect maniacal laugh to be a villainous member of Team Feety Pajamas!
Graphic Novel readers theater

And it turned out he was a big fan who brought his well-worn copies of the books to get signed. The ultimate compliment!
Astronaut Academy reader

Author Rainbow Rowell offered to staff our table while I was away at a panel. With her help we sold all 25 copies of my new Starbunny, Inc. mini-comic by the end of the first day!
Rainbow Rowell

An awesome fan made a lego sculpture of a Mountie riding a horse, riding a jet ski inspired by the comic John Green drew for the TCAF program booklet a few years ago.
Teen Boat lego

Here’s a panel from that comic for reference.
Teen Boat Canada

The annual Comics Quickfire game show was possibly our most fun yet. The room was packed with cheering folks who helped us create crazy improvised comics.
Comics Quickfire 2014

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

Got to go to some awesome parties like Comics Vs. Games at Bento Miso. We headed there with great friends George Rohac and Kazu Kibuishi to check out the 3-D art.
Bento Miso Kazu George

Over the course of the weekend we ran into old friends, made new ones, ate lots of Japanese food & Greg’s ice cream.
Greg's ice cream

Some of the treasure plundered from the show. I’m sure there’s so many great books I didn’t get a chance to pick up. TCAF has the highest density of creative talent on earth!
TCAF books

Our last day in town, I found an awesome hot dog & polish sausage vendor on King Street! A tasty way to end our adventure & say goodbye to Toronto till next time!
Toronto hotdog

For more TCAF goodness, check out Raina’s convention wrap up!

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