Monday, September 14, 2015

Bay Area Book Tour for SUNNY SIDE UP!

Hi, Bay Area friends!

I'm so exciting to be going back "home" (I used to live in the Bay Area") to talk about SUNNY SIDE UP!

Here's where you can find me!

FRIDAY, September 18 --  The Reading Bug in San Carlos
TIME: 5:00-6:30pm
ADDRESS: 785 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 591-0100

SATURDAY, September 19 -- Hicklebee's in San Jose
TIME: 12:30-2:00pm
ADDRESS:1378 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 292-8880

Hope to see you!

Monday, September 7, 2015

We Need Diverse Illustrators

Meet David Cruz. I am very fortunate to have watched this cutie grow up. (Is this not the best picture ever?!)
Portrait of a Future Artist.
David is one of those kids who ALWAYS had a crayon in his hand. We all just knew he was destined to be an artist.
Still drawing!
Dave is all grown-up now (I can't believe he is 23!) 
Jenni & Dave in February 
... and he is still drawing. 
 Love the headphones--I use them, too!
I'm so delighted that Dave is now part of my professional community--the wonderful world of children's literature creators. 

Dave has autism and after aging out of high school, he turned to illustrating.  The first book he illustrated, Look at Me Look at Me: An Eye Contact Game For You and Me is now available as a digital book.

And it's GREAT. It has been self-published with a wonderful team. 

But I personally hope that some smart traditional publisher will swoop in and snatch it up and give it a new life on bookshelves. Because this is a book that should be read by every child. 

Please consider supporting this great artist by talking up his book.

Because ... We Need Diverse Books!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

National Book Festival--Washington, D.C. on September 5!

I'm so excited to be bringing SUNNY SIDE UP to the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C!

I'll be presenting at 6:00pm and signing at 7:00pm.

For more details, go HERE to plan your day! There are lots of great authors to see, including COMICS SQUAD pal, Jarrett Krosoczka!

Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

THE YARN podcast!

I am beyond excited to be in the inaugural season of the new kid lit podcast series by Colby Sharp and Travis Jonker. It's called ...

In Travis's words:
Part interviews, part documentary, our concept for Season 1 is to look at one book from all angles. You usually hear from the author of a story, but we wanted to also hear from the people behind the scenes – the editor, the cover designer, the colorist, and more.
And what book are they looking at?!?!!

  • Aug. 17: Introduction/”This Season on The Yarn”
  • Aug. 18: Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel expert)
  • Aug. 19: David Levithan (editor/author)
  • Aug. 20: Phil Falco (cover designer)
  • Aug. 21: David Saylor (founder/publisher of the Graphix imprint)
  • Aug. 22: Lark Pien (cartoonist/colorist)
  • Aug. 23: Matthew Holm (illustrator)
  • Aug. 24: Jennifer Holm (author)
Subscribe to the podcast for free on iTunes:
Happy listening!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

SDCC--Everything is Sunny & Brite!

It's the most happiest, sunniest time of the year ... SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON!!!!!

Matt and I will be there on panels and autographing--we'll be talking Babymouse, Squish, My First Comix, and ... Sunny Side Up!

Here's where you can find us:

12:30pm – 1:30pm | 
GRAPHIX: The Beginning, Present and Beyond 
Location: Convention Center, Room: 24ABC 
Words are only half the story. Graphic novelists Jeff Smith (Bone), Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Doug TenNapel (Nnewts), Jennifer and Matthew Holm (Sunny Side Up), Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins), and Jimmy Gownley (Dumbest Idea Ever) join Scholastic Graphix publisher VP David Saylor to discuss the evolution of children's graphic novels and upcoming projects. 

3:00pm – 4:00pm | Spotlight on Matt Phelan 
Location Convention Center, Room 9 
Five-time Eisner nominee Matt Phelan (Bluffton) shares an in-depth look at his graphic novel process followed by a conversation about writing comics and historical fiction with moderator Jennifer L. Holm (Sunny Side Up). 

2:30pm - 3:30pm | Jennifer & Matthew Holm Signing 
Location: Autographing Area: AA04 
Books sold by Mysterious Galaxy. 
There will be limited copies of Sunny Side Up galleys!!!

10:00am – 11:00am | The Girls Are All Right! 
Location: Convention Center, Room 30CDE 
Female comic creators for kids and young adults are burning up the bestseller lists and winning awards.They're on the forefront of creating heroines that appeal to a new generation of readers and hook them for a lifelong love of comics. Listen in on this dynamic group of award-winning creators as they discuss the challenges and thrills of creating diverse heroines for fans of all ages in this new era. Panelists: Jennifer Holm (Babymouse; Sunny Side Up), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters), Cece Bell (El Deafo) Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer), Cecil Castellucci (Odd duck). Moderated by Eva Volin (Good Comics for Kids at SLJ). With special guest appearance by Trina Robbins!!!!

1:45pm – 2:45pm | Spotlight on Raina Telgemeier 
Location: Convention Center, Room 5AB 
Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters, Drama) and Jennifer L. Holm (Sunny Sie Up/ Babymouse) discuss Raina's work, and her role in ushering in a new era of realistic graphic novels aimed at tween girls. For the first time, Raina will reveal the title and present a sneak peak of her next book, slated for fall of 2016! 

See you there!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

ALA--San Francisco here I come! @Graphix @alaannual

I'm starting to get ready to bring some sun to a whole lot of librarians at the annual conference of the American Librarian Association in San Francisco June 26-30 ...

Sunny Side Up, that is!

Here's where I'll be on floor of the Moscone Convention Center:

FRIDAY, June 26
12:15-1:15 pm His, Hers, and Theirs: Gender and Comics Panel
Moscone Center, Room 3010 (W)

Description: In the past few years, critical and frequently heated discussions about women and comics have highlighted a range of issues around gender for comics creators and readers. Industry folks and fans alike are debating how genders are portrayed, the visibility of different gender identities, and the lack of representation. Join creators Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant), Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer), Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Gotham Academy), Jennifer L. Holm (Sunny Side Up), and Trina Robbins (From Girls to Girlz, Pretty in Ink) to take a look at all of the intersections between gender and comics.

JENNI COMMENT: I can't believe I'm going to be on a panel with my hero, Trina Robbins!!!!!!!! 

Saturday, June 27
8:30am-9:30am Kids Comics Have Arrived
Moscone Center, Room 232-234 (S)
An all-star panel of kids comics creators discuss ways to get children excited about reading, encourage creativity, and cultivate a love of literature using great graphic novels and comics. Panelists include Jennifer Holm (Sunny Side Up), Cece Bell (El Deafo), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), Svetlana Chmakova (Awkward), and others. Moderated by Scott Robins, Children’s Services Specialist for the Toronto Public Library. Q&A to follow.

1:00pm-2:30pm Panel: Celebrating Graphic Novels: Graphix and Beyond!
Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Salon 05
Graphic novels and the comic format have become increasingly popular, with both kids and adults. Join renowned authors and artists Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters), Dave Roman (Goosebumps Graphix), Craig Thompson (Space Dumplins), Jennifer Holm (Sunny Side Up), and Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants) to learn more about how graphic novels support literacy, learning, and a love of reading.

3:00pm-4:00pm Random House Booth Signing (Booth #3010)

Sunday, June 28
3:00pm-4:00pm Scholastic Booth Signing (Booth #3225)

Monday, June 30
10:00am-11:00am Graphix 10th Anniversary Panel
Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage
Graphix authors Jennifer Holm, Craig Thompson, Raina Telegemeier and Dave Roman will take the stage to celebrate the Graphix 10 year anniversary with a 30-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute signing. 

11:00am-12:00pm Graphic Novel Stage Panel with Lark Pien

Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 22, 2015

It's starting to look very SUNNY around here ...

Look what arrived from Scholastic Graphix today ...

Full-color ARC's for our upcoming graphic novel, Sunny Side Up!

Stay tuned!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Doylestown Bookshop -- Friday, May 1 at 6pm!

Hi friends!

Matt & I will be at the fabulous Doylestown Bookshop this Friday, May 1st at 6pm talking Babymouse, Squish, and The Fourteenth Goldfish!

For more info on the event, go  HERE!

Come on out and say "hi"!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring and Summer Roadtrip!!

I'll be hitting the road this spring to talk about Babymouse: Bad Babysitter & our upcoming graphic novel, Sunny Side Up!

Here's where you can find me!

May 9 
Toronto Comics Arts Festival: Toronto, Canada
Matt & I will be presenting on Saturday! Please consult the TCAF programming schedule for location and time: TCAF

May 6 
BookCon, New York City
I will be on a comics panel on Saturday. Please consult the BookCon programming schedule for location and time: BookCon

June 6
Bay Area Book Festival
I will be signing and presenting on Saturday. Please consult the Bay Area Book Festival porgramming schedule for location and time: Bay Area Book Festival

June 26 - 28
ALA Annual, San Fransisco
Programming is still being organized, so check back on my website for info!

July 7
NerdCAmp, Michigan
I am beyond excited to be attending NerdCamp this year!  NerdCamp Website

July 16-19
San Diego Comic Con
This is the big Kahuna of comic festivals. The programming is still being organized, but check ComicCon for details.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Vote for Messy Whiskers! Vote for Babymouse!

Hey, kids!

Your vote counts in the  ... CHILDREN'S CHOICE BOOK AWARDS sponsored by the Children's Book Council!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABYMOUSE is up for the 3-4th Grade "Book of the Year!"

GO HERE and VOTE! And maybe Babymouse's birthday dreams will come true!