WHO: Raina Telgemeier
WHAT: Author and comic illustrator
WHEN: Born May 26, 1977
WHERE: Born in San Francisco, California; currently resides in Astoria, New York
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Smile: "The author relates, in graphic form, her experiences after she injured her two front teeth and had to have surgeries and wear embarrassing braces and headgear, all while also dealing with the trials and tribulations of middle school."
Sisters: "In graphic novel format, Raina Telgemeier shares the story of her relationship with her younger sister."
Drama: "Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going."
Ghosts: "Catrina and her family have moved to the coast of Northern California for the sake of her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis--and Cat is even less happy about the move when she is told that her new town is inhabited by ghosts, and Maya sets her heart on meeting one."
"I started drawing before I can remember. My mom kept crayon drawings I did when I was one-year-old—they were just scribbles, but I guess I always liked doing it and never stopped. By elementary school, I was considered the class artist, and even now when I reconnect with old friends, they give me very detailed accounts of all the stuff I used to draw for them.
I started making mini-comics in 1997. In 2004, two things happened: I got a contract to draw Babysitters Club graphic novel adaptations for Scholastic, and, I started drawing Smile for the web. And here I am today." (source)