Thanks Learning Lamp!

I had a great time at the Learning Lamp Children’s Book Festival in Johnstown, PA! Thanks everyone who came by to say hi, share artwork and collaborate in the drawing games! It was especially cool, getting to hang out with authors, Greg Pizzoli, Zachariah OHora, & Mark Weakland! I left feeling super inspired to get to work on some new books!

Dave Roman Astronaut Academy

Avengers of Kidlit
The Avengers of KidLit!

Pizzoli OHora Weakland Roman

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Learning Lamp Children’s Book Festival

April 10th-12th I’ll be an official guest at the Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown!

Learning Lamp Childrens Book Fest

The three-day festival is free and is geared to children in grades Pre-K through 6. Designed to bring books alive in an impactful and lasting way, the festival features performances by nationally-known, award-winning authors, illustrators and storytellers. Named as one of four “Best of the Best” arts projects in Pennsylvania in 2013 by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the festival also includes lots of arts and crafts, live musical and theatrical performances, and new and used children’s books that people can purchase to build home libraries of their own. Every child walks away with a free age-appropriate book from First Book and winners of our bookmark contest take home a basket full of books. Other guests include Greg Pizzoli, Zachariah OHora, & Mark Weakland!

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March Madness

Some photo highlights from March 2015.

Dave Pilkey and Dan Santat
Got to see two of my author heroes, Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat!

NY International Childrens Film Fest
Saw some cool movies at the NY International Children’s Film Fest hosted by GKids!

Astronaut Academy
Signed over 200 copies of Astronaut Academy for An Open Book Foundation! Every time I got overwhelmed I just remembered how many books Dav and Dan probably signed over the course of their recent tour.

Snowbots
Tried my first snow cream at SnowBots in Rockville, Maryland. Went back and tried it again the next morning. It’s sort of like Shave Ice, Ice Cream and Cotton Candy all in one!

Senor Panda
Had a great event at Big Planet Comics that included a surprise visit from a Señor Panda cosplayer!

Matchgame
Went head to head against Brian Smith (co-creator of The Stuff of Legend) in Matchgame!

Cyst Removal
Finally started removing the sebaceous cysts that have been growing on my head! I’ve been putting this off for years and they’ve really gotten out of control.

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Pasadena, CA

Once Upon A Time bookstore

Raina Telgemeier and I will be appearing with our pal James Burks (Bird & Squirrel) at Once Upon a Time bookstore in Montrose, California on March 12th, 2015.

More info HERE.

Once Upon a Time
2207 Honolulu Ave
Montrose Shopping Park
Montrose, CA 91020
phone: 818-248-9668
(Where the 2 and 210 freeways intersect)

OUAT_Bookstore

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I Got Goosebumps!

When I was growing up, I used to look forward to winter vacation as a chance to get away from school work…and draw comics! And this winter was just like that, only instead of drawing comics based on my own silly ideas, I was hired to draw my very first comic based on a story written by someone else. And that someone else happens to be R.L. Stine, one of the most successful writers in the world!

So it’s my honor to be adapting “Night of the Living Dummy” for the new comics anthology Goosebumps Graphix: Slappy’s Tales of Horror! I even got to draw the super creepy cover!

Goosebumps Slappy

Here’s the official book description:

Four Goosebumps Graphix tales by master of horror R. L. Stine are adapted into full-color comics and feature a brand-new Slappy story by bestselling author, Dave Roman.

The talented Dave Roman creates the horrifying drawings for “The Night of the Living Dummy,” the origin story about that most evil of all ventriloquist dummies, Slappy!

In “A Shocker on Shock Street,” Jamie Tolagson captures the chilling tale of a brother and sister doing their dream job: testing rides in a movie studio theme park, where the special effects are REALLY special.

With his shadowy illustrations, Gabriel Hernandez creates the perfect atmosphere in “The Werewolf of Fever Swamp,” a spooky story about a boy and his dog who go sniffing around in a lonely swamp . . . and wish they hadn’t.

Ted Naifeh is at his creepy best in “Ghost Beach,” a scary ghost story about a brother and sister who investigate a local legend and discover a terrible secret about their family.

The book comes out in Fall 2015, just in time for Halloween. I’m still putting the finishing touches on the art in my story, but hope to share some process photos and cool sketches closer to the release date.

Be afraid! Be very afraid!

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Holiday Card

Starbunny Christmas Card
Happy Holidays from your friends at Starbunny, Inc.

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Christmas Specials 2014

Strange Holiday Specials

Over the past 12 years or so, it’s been a hobby of mine to work my way through (no fast forwarding!) every single animated/puppet/talking dog holiday special ever produced. I’m sure all this knowledge will become useful to some alien visitors someday. Till then, I figured I’d share the weirdest things I discovered this year (so far).

Cosmic Christmas (1977, cell animated)
A human boy & his pet goose escort three aliens through a rough urban sprawl, to help them better understanding the concept of Christmas. I really love the 70s style, hand-drawn animation produced by Nelvana. And the alien designs are pretty cool! This one is definitely weird, but has enough charm and quality that I actually recommend it with full sincerity.

The Monsters Christmas (1981, live action)
A young girl in New Zealand who is well studied in monster lore, infiltrates a witch’s cave to recover the lost voices of three monsters so they can sing a rendition of Silent Night. The pace is too slow to recommend watching it start to finish (though I certainly did!), but maybe skip around? Because there are some really neat things within: the friendly monster costumes are amazing in a Sid & Marty Kroft meets Power Rangers way, the New Zealand setting is pre-LOTR epic, and the golem-style creature (called a Nasty) will give you nightmares. Plus, the child actor looks like she honestly believes she is hanging out with monsters for real. Did I mention the witch likes to Jazzercize?

The Tiny Tree (1975, cell animated)
Directed by legendary animator Friz Freleng. A little girl in a wheelchair falls in love with an anthropomorphic pine tree. Seriously. There’s also a lot of drama surrounding a vegetarian hawk and the local forest creatures, accompanied by super sincere songs.

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree (1995, live action w/puppets)
Directed by Sesame Street’s Jon Stone. Featuring a performance by Robert Downey, Jr that is bizarre in a way that’s really hard to describe. Leslie Nielsen plays his butler and Kermit the Frog serves as narrator. As a huge Muppets fan, I was at first in awe that I had somehow never seen or heard of this special before. But sadly, despite all the great people involved, it’s mostly boring and too repetitive to recommend except as a curiosity piece.

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Podcasts for the holidays

Raina and I continue our tradition of appearing on Comics Are Great for the end of the year Holiday gift giving episode: Comics for The Holidays! We join Jerzy Drozd and Anne Drozd to help recommend all sorts of books for every type of person on your list! Why not share the love of comics this Christmas?

I’ve also been an active part of the Saturday Supercast, a podcast dedicated to enthusing about our love of cartoons.

The American Rabbit
Episode 40: The American Rabbit

Big Hero 6
Episode 41: Big Hero 6

Over the Garden Wall
Episode 42: Over the Garden Wall

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Astronaut Academy T-shirts

Astronaut Academy T-shirt

For a limited time I’ll be selling Astronaut Academy t-shirts online!

Printed on a heather gray, super light, ultra soft American Apparel 50/50 blend, this will be your most comfortable shirt to wear! It features space hero, Hakata Soy being powered up by a book!
Available sizes: Unisex Extra Small, Unisex Small, Unisex Medium, Unisex Large, Unisex Extra Large; Ladies Small, Ladies Medium, Ladies Large.
$23 (includes shipping)

Order before Dec 15th to insure we can get it out to you before Christmas.

T-shirt Order Page

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Hello Kitty: The Movie

Hello Kitty: The Movie

Jerzy Drozd & I collaborated on an action-packed comic called “Summer Spectacular” that appears in HELLO 40: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to Hello Kitty. This hardcover book is filled with forty gorgeously illustrated stories featuring one of the world’s biggest icons. Jerzy went above and beyond in taking my silly ideas (like having Hello Kitty battle a robot shark, and outwit bandits in a tricked-out super car) to high octane extremes!

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