During her spotlight panel at New York City Comic-Con, cartoonist Raina Telgemeier announced the debut of two new projects. Both are to be published by Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint, Graphix.
The first project is a new book called “Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story,” described as an “an interactive journal and how-to guide,” due out in April 2019. The second book is called “Guts,” a prequel to her graphic memoirs, “Smile” and “Sisters.” It will be published in September 2019. “Guts” will tackle Telgemeier’s fourth and fifth grade years and her struggle with anxiety.
Telgemeier has published her two previous graphic memoirs with Scholastic. “Smile,” released in 2010, describes Telgemeier’s life from sixth to tenth grade after falling and injuring her two front teeth and the social hijinks that come with being a teenager. Her second book, “Sisters,” published in 2014, and is a follow-up to “Smile,” that tells the story of a road trip vacation Raina’s family took from San Francisco to Colorado, and explores the relationship between Raina and her sister Amara. Telgemeier has also published two other original works through Scholastic, “Drama” and “Ghosts,” and has also illustrated a number of graphic novel adaptations of the Babysitter’s Club book series.
Most of Telgemeier’s works have received great praise and have reached a wider audience through main book markets. They have all won numerous awards and been heralded for showcasing the graphic medium to teens and young children. “Smile,” for instance, went 240 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List under the graphic novel category. It’s reign ended only when the Times discontinued their list