Alright, before I begin with this post let me just be perfectly honest: I'm doing this mostly because of a contest going on at Art and Story. BUT, and this is a big BUT, even though it's a contest, I'm a big admirer of this artists' work. What artist am I talking about? Raina Telgemeier. She was just interviewed by Mark and Jerzy on the A&S podcast. It was a really great interview about doing memoir comics and comics in general.
About 3 months or so ago I picked up a copy of her graphic novel of Ann Martin's The Babysitters Club.
I really liked it. I also bought it because as you may or may not know, I want to take my Bad Luck Becky character and do a graphic novel of my own with her. So, this looked like some good material to reference and use for research. Her work is really good. This may sound dumb, but her bushes and trees look awesome. Anyways, because I liked The Babysitters Club so much I've been wanting to get a copy of her latest graphic novel called Smile.
So, by mentioning Raina and her work and creating a post about her I can win a copy of Smile. I honestly might not have mentioned her if not for the contest, but now I'm glad that I did, even if I don't win anything. Also, even if I don't win, I am going to pick up a copy of Smile anyways. So, there's my plug. Go to www.goraina.com and check out her other awesome work.
I've made this blog all about myself and haven't really mentioned other artists that I like and have inspired me to do what I do and to do what I want to do. So now, because of this post you can expect more mentions and shout outs to other great artists that I like instead of just a link on the side the the blog. Enjoy.