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The Yarn: Episode 2 – Raina Telgemeier

The Yarn

What is The Yarn?

S1 E2 – Raina Telgemeier

We talked to the creator of Smile, Drama, and Sisters about growing up, getting into comics, and what it feels like to be the face of graphic novel memoir for kids. This was the first interview we did for The Yarn, but we almost didn’t make it due to my utter confusion when faced with the New York City subway system.

My Highlight

At the 11:00 mark, Raina talks about how graphic novel memoir allows kids to “find out that [they’re] normal.”

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See you tomorrow for Episode 3 with editor/author David Levithan. Colby was a bit nervous going into this one. Find out tomorrow if everything turned out okay.

Here’s the full schedule:

Season 1: Sunny Side Up
Aug. 17: Episode 1: Introduction/”This Season on The Yarn”
Aug. 18: Episode 2: Raina Telgemeier (graphic novelist)
Aug. 19: Episode 3: David Levithan (editor/author)
Aug. 20: Episode 4: Phil Falco (cover designer/art director)
Aug. 21: Episode 5: David Saylor (founder/publisher of Graphix imprint)
Aug. 22: Episode 6: Lark Pien (cartoonist/colorist)
Aug. 23: Episode 7: Matthew Holm (illustrator)
Aug. 24: Episode 8: Jennifer Holm (author)

As the episodes go up, I’ll post them all on this page.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.