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Raina Telgemeier Biography

Raina Telgemeier is an American cartoonist known for her autobiographical webcomic, Smile. She has also published the follow-up Sisters and the fiction graphic novel Drama, all of which have appeared on The New York Times Best Seller lists. In addition, she is the writer and illustrator of the graphic novels “Ghosts” and “Guts,” as well as four graphic novels adapted from The Baby-Sitters Club.

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Facts About Raina Telgemeier

Birthday:  May 26, 1977
Birthplace:  San Francisco, California, USA
Age:  47
Mom: Sue Telgemeier
Dad: Denis Telgemeier
Height: 5 ft 6 in or 1.68 m


Raina Telgemeier was born to her American parents in San Francisco, California, in the United States in May 1977. She holds American nationality. Raina learned that her parent’s marriage was struggling when she was 14. Her parents ended up with a divorce and are still good friends. Raina’s parents are Sue and Denis Telgemeier and are her biggest supporters.

Sue is a retired teacher and a glee club director at an elementary school. She was featured in Raina’s book Smile. Denis is a retired employee of Hitachi Data Systems who is possibly married to Diane Burkhart. Raina’s grandmother from his father’s side was Helen Bell.


Raina grew up with two younger siblings Amara Telgemeier and Will Telgemeier. Amara is the protagonist and supporting character in Smile, the main character in Sisters, and a recurring character in Guts. His brother Will is named Will because of the “Will of God.”


Raina was hitched to fellow cartoonist Dave Roman in 2006. Dave is a 47-year-old American writer and artist of webcomics and comics. The couple filed for divorce in 2015. Raina now resides in San Francisco, California, and previously lived in Astoria, New York. Dave and Raina did not share any children.


She is an educated woman who studied at Lowell High School in San Francisco for her high school diploma. Raina then joined New York’s School of Visual Arts where she studied illustration graduating in 2002.

Raina Telgemeier Books

As an author, she has authored several comic books which include:

  • Kristy’s Great Idea in 2006.
  • Mary Anne Saves the Day in 2007.
  • Claudia and Mean Janine in 2008.
  • X-Men: Misfits in 2009.
  • Smile in 2010.
  • Drama in 2012.
  • Sisters in 2014.
  • Comics Squad: Recess! in 2014.
  • Ghosts in 2016.
  • Guts in 2019.

Raina Telgemeier Ghosts

Raina is the author of the fictional graphic novel Ghosts, which tells the story of Catrina and also her family. Catrina has recently moved to Bahía de la Luna in northern California to help the health of her younger sister Maya, who has cystic fibrosis. Raina shares that she was inspired to write Ghosts in part by the death of her young cousin Sabina, who died from cancer at the age of 13.

New Books

The latest book that she published was Guts in 2019.

Graphic Novel

She is the writer and illustrator of the graphic novels Ghosts and Guts. Ghosts was released in 2016 and is about a girl who can see ghosts and adventures in a new town during the Day of the Dead. Guts was released in 2019 and it’s about Raina’s stomach problems and her adventures in food, school, and changing friendships.


When she was a teenager, Raina knocked out two front teeth while in sixth grade and needed braces and multiple surgeries as a result. She also began attending small-press festivals such as the MoCCA Festival after graduating from college. Between 2002 and 2005, she produced seven mini-comic issues in the Take-Out series.

Smile Raina Telgemeier

She is the author of the autobiographical webcomic Smile. The book was published as a full-color middle-grade graphic novel in February 2010. Smile gives an account of the author’s life, characterized by dental procedures and also struggles with fitting in, from sixth grade to high school. The book has 213 pages and Raina created the comic to tell the story of her adolescence.

New Book

Her new book is Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier, An Exhibition Catalogue. The book is scheduled to be released on August 1, 2025. In the book, Raina provided a catalog at The Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum for the 2023 exhibition. In addition, the catalog includes original artwork from her childhood to her bestselling graphic novels.

Babysitters Club

She was asked to work up a graphic novel adaptation after she shared that she is a fan of Ann M. Martin’s The Baby-Sitters Club series. Raina had to leave her job to concentrate fully on her art. She had her fourth Baby-Sitters Club novel in 2008.

Drama Book

Drama is Raina’s graphic novel book which she published in September 2012. In her book, she centers on the story of Callie, a middle school student and theater-lover who works in her school’s drama production crew. Septite Drama is a work of fiction. Raina was also able to draw from her personal experiences to create content.


Courage is a book that Raina published in October 2019 in the comics and graphic novel genre. Through her book which is authored in French, she can provide an excellent story of the adventures of adolescence. In addition, the book has 224 pages available in paperback at $23.53.


Raina has done numerous art comics available on her online website GoRaina.


Guts is a New York Times best-selling book that Raina published in September 2019. The book provides Raina’s life events mostly about her belly problems. Guts earned positive reviews from critics as Raina normalized mental health problems. Additionally, the book has 224 pages.

Sister Book

Sisters is an autobiographical graphic novel that Raina authored on August 26, 2014. The book is about her earlier graphic memoir Smile as it details a long summer road trip taken from San Francisco to Colorado by her family. She also explores the relationship between her and her younger sister, Amara.


She is a cartoonist who had her breakthrough into published comics come from creating graphic novel adaptations of Baby-Sitters Club novels. Raina worked on the Baby-Sitters Club books until 2008. In 2009, she co-authored with her then-husband, Dave Roman the X-Men: Misfits released by Del Rey Manga. In February 2010, she had her first print graphic novel version of her webcomic Smile. The book was then followed by her other books Drama, Sisters, Ghosts, and Guts.

Net Worth

Raina has worked as a cartoonist for over two decades and through her work, she has earned a net worth of $2 Million.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Old Is Raina Telgemeier?

Raina is 47 years old born in San Francisco, California, in the United States on May 26, 1977.

Did Raina Telgemeier Die?

Raina did not die as she celebrated her 47th birthday on May 26, 2024.

When Was Raina Telgemeier Born?

She was born on May 26, 1977, to her parents.

What Is Raina Telgemeier Next Book?

Raina’s next book is a graphic novel titled Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier, An Exhibition Catalogue.

Where Does Raina Telgemeier Live Now?

Currently, Raina resides in San Francisco, California.

Who Is Raina Telgemeier?

Raina is a 47-year-old American cartoonist known for her work autobiographical webcomic Smile. She is also the author of Sisters and the fiction graphic novel Drama.

Is Raina Telgemeier Writing A New Book?

Raina is writing a new book that is set to be released in January 2025 by Scholastic’s Graphix imprint.

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