1.5 million copies of new Raina Telgemeier graphic novels coming next year

A how-to guide to creating comics and a new memoir called ‘Guts’ will arrive in April and September, respectively.

Scholastic/Graphix has announced two new Raina Telgemeier graphic novels for 2019, including a new OGN and a “how to” book for creating comics.

Share Your Smile: Raina’s Guide to Telling Your Own Story will be released April 30, with a print run of 500,000 copies. Schlastic says it’s for “readers interested in writing, drawing or both” and “will guide readers in brainstorming ideas, making lists, featuring their personal photos and using their imagination as a catalyst for storytelling. For additional inspiration, Share Your Smile also features a behind-the-scenes look at Telgemeier’s work, including a teaser to her new memoir.”

Share Your Smile be followed by Guts on Sept. 10, her next memoir after Smile and Sisters. In Guts, “… young Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it’s probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she’s dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina’s tummy trouble isn’t going away…and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships.” Scholastic plans to print a million of them upon release. It probably won’t be enough.

“Readers respond to honest, personal storytelling,” Telgemeier said in a press release. “Guts may be my most personal story yet, and I had to summon a lot of courage to create it! In a similar vein, Share Your Smile is meant to help budding young cartoonists find their voices and tell their own stories. I can’t wait to share these two works with everyone!”

Find out more about both projects in this interview with Vulture.

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