Raina Telgemeier Biography

Raina Telgemeier is an eminent cartoonist from USA. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

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Birthday: May 26, 1977

Nationality: American

Famous: Cartoonists American Women

Age: 43 Years, 43 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Gemini

Born in: San Francisco, California, United States

Famous as: Cartoonist


Spouse/Ex-: Dave Roman

siblings: Amara Telgemeier (sister), Will Telgemeier (brother)

U.S. State: California

City: San Francisco, California

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education: School of Visual Arts

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Raina Telgemeier is an eminent cartoonist from the USA. She is best known for her autobiographical webcomic ‘Smile’ as well as its follow-up ‘Sisters’. She is also famous for writing the graphic fiction novel titled ‘Drama’. Her other popular works include graphic novel adaptations of ‘The Baby-sitters Club’ series, ‘Take-Out’ and ‘X‑Men: Misfits’. Telgemeier has received tons of awards, honors, and nominations for her work. She received the 2003 Friends of Lulu's Kimberly Yale Award under the category ‘Best New Talent’. She earned the 2015 Eisner Award for the Best Writer/Artist. The skilled cartoonist has been nominated twice for Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards. Not just this! She was once nominated for an Ignatz Award as well. Telgemeier’s books have also won several titles. Her graphic novel ‘Smile,’ based on her webcomic of the same name, won the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award as well as the 2010 Kirkus Reviews Best Book title. It also earned the title of the 2011 ALA Notable Children's Book and even won the 2011 Eisner Award for the Best Publication for Teens. Her fiction novel ‘Drama’ was selected for the title of the 2013 Stonewall Book Award. Her second autobiographical novel ‘Sisters’ became New York Times Editor's Choice for the year 2014.

  • Raina Telgemeier's vast range of works include a series of self-published mini-comics called ‘Take-Out,’ a short story in Volume 4 of the ‘Flight’ anthology, and a short story in ‘Bizarro World’ for DC Comics. She also created four graphic novel adaptations of Ann M. Martin's The Baby-sitters Club series for Scholastic/Graphix: ‘Kristy's Great Idea,’ ‘The Truth About Stacey,’ ‘Mary Anne Saves the Day,’ and ‘Claudia and Mean Janine.’
  • Telgemeier co-authored ‘X-Men: Misfits’ with her husband and the book was released in 2009. The following year, Telgemeier released ‘Smile’ – an autobiographical graphic novel based on her webcomic named ‘Smile (A Dental Drama).’ In this book, the author described the serious mouth injury that she had got during her pre-teen years. After this, in 2012, Telgemeier released the fiction graphic novel ‘Drama.’ It included some of her experiences regarding school theatre programs. Two years later, she released her 2nd autobiographical graphic novel named ‘Sisters’. This novel depicts Telgemeier’s experience growing up with her sister. Then in 2016, her new novel titled ‘Ghosts’ was released.
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Personal Life
  • Raina Telgemeier was born on May 26, 1977 in San Francisco, California. She has a younger brother named Will as well as a sister named Amara. During her pre-teen years, Telgemeier suffered a serious mouth injury due to which she had to undergo several years of dental and orthodontic surgeries. Due to her injury, she was viciously teased by some of her friends and this made her seek solace in drawing. She eventually found some good friends in high school who appreciated her talent, thereby increasing her confidence. And with that encouragement, Telgemeier studied illustration at School of Visual Arts, New York. Currently, the American cartoonist is living with her husband, Dave Roman, in California.

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