Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier


May 24, 2023 - November 19, 2023


Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
Sullivant Hall, 1813 N. High St.
Columbus OH 43210


Facing Feelings: The Art of Raina Telgemeier is a retrospective featuring original artwork spanning over 20 years of Telgemeier’s career, including New York Times bestsellers Smile, Drama, Sisters, Ghosts and Guts and some of her earlier works. Also on display are works by artists who influenced Telgemeier and show great skill in depicting human emotions, including Keiji Nakazawa, Lynn Johnston, Robb Armstrong, Bill Watterson, Lynda Barry, Will Eisner, and more.

Emotions are complicated, nuanced, and messy. In comics and cartoon art, the link between emotion and expression has become an important visual language, as facial expressions can give us a clue into a character’s internal world. Facing Feelings explores how Telgemeier’s comics combine impeccable pacing and an approachable cartoon style with real-life experiences to carefully balance challenging emotional journeys with warmth and affirmation. Her work focuses on feelings, and relationships to drive the plot forward, resonating strongly with readers of all ages.

Guts, page 76. © Raina Telgemeier. Blue pencil and ink on Bristol board

Photo by Joseph Fanvu

Telgemeier is the author and illustrator of the graphic novels SmileDramaSistersGhosts, and Guts, all #1 New York Times bestsellers. She also adapted and illustrated four graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin’s Baby-Sitters Club series and has contributed short stories to many anthologies. Raina’s accolades include six Eisner Awards, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, a Stonewall Honor, and many best-of and notables lists.



Curated by Anne Drozd, the exhibition consists of works on loan from the artist and from the collections of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State University.

Save the date!

Raina Telgemeier will join us in person for a free public event and reception for the exhibition on Saturday, June 17 at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum! Details are here: https://cartoons.osu.edu/events/facing-feelings-an-afternoon-with-raina-telgemeier/