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Smile Giveaway

January 26th, 2010 (08:35 am)

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In honor of the release of the graphic novel Smile by Raina Telgemeier, I've got a giveaway for you!

What has been your most own embarrassing experience at the dentist's office? Share your story in words, in pictures, or in video, and you could win a copy of SMILE! We will accept true stories as well as fiction, with one winner in each category, so please make sure mark your entry as non-fiction (it really happened to you) or fiction (you totally made it up!) Here's the scoop:

WORDS: 500 words or less, in any style or tense you choose.
PICTURES: A one- to two-page spread. It can be one image, multiple images, or multiple panels, like a comic book, but please limit it to a maximum of two pages. Use your pens, pencils, pastels, paints, PhotoShop - get creative!
VIDEO: Keep it under two minutes in length. Upload it to a site where the judges can see it, like YouTube or Vimeo.

CONTENT: All submissions should be appropriate for all ages. Keep it G-rated.

SUBMISSIONS: You must leave a comment on this post with your name, your email address, and your submission (full text, all images, or embedded video) OR a link to your file. If you have difficulty leaving a comment, email your submission to littlewillow@slayground.net

ELIGIBILITY: All ages may enter. Winners must provide a U.S. mailing address where the book will be shipped.

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by 11:59 PM PST on February 28th, 2010.
Entries will be judged by Raina Telgemeier and Little Willow.
One winner will be selected per category.
Winners will be announced in March 2010.

The winners have been selected!

After carefully reviewing all of the submissions, Raina and Little Willow have selected two winners. (Note: All of our entries were non-fiction. Thus, we selected two non-fiction winners, rather than one fiction and one non-fiction.) It was very hard to narrow down the field, as all of the entries made us smile and/or laugh and/or wince sympathetically.

Without any further ado, the winners are . . .

Congratulations! Please check your email and respond ASAP so that you may collect your prize: a copy of SMILE by Raina Telgemeier!

Honorable mention:

Many thanks to all of our entrants for sharing their dental dramas with us. :)

About the Book
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there's still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.

Sneak a peek at Smile! Click here to preview some pages from the book, or click below to watch the trailer!

About the Author
Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco, but made her way to New York City when she was 22 to attend the School of Visual Arts as an Illustration and Cartooning student. She received her BFA in 2002, and has worked as a freelance artist ever since. Her comics have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Eisner, Ignatz, Cybil, and Web Cartoonists' Choice awards. Raina lives in Queens, NY, with her husband, Dave Roman.

Related Posts:
What Makes You Smile?
The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier
Interview: Raina Telgemeier

Many thanks to Whitney Matheson from USA TODAY's Pop Candy blog for posting about the Smile giveaway. (link)


Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 3rd, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)

Cassi’s Dental Drama

I was born without my adult lateral incisors. Because of this, my canines moved forward and took their place, which, in my 10-year-old mind, made me look like a vampire. I was known as the “girl with the weird teeth” because of my tragic smile. Needless to say, school picture day made me extremely miserable.

It wasn’t until I was in my second year of university that my father and I decided that I would get my teeth fixed. I was so excited that I endured three agonizing days of spacers (which I wore during the only professional theatre gig I ever landed) without picking any of them out. My orthodontist assured me that I would have braces for less than a year, and because of this, I dealt with them with little complaint – unless there was a camera in the room. I soon morphed into the “girl who never smiled”, embarrassed to have my metal-mouth immortalized in any way. The braces were merely something to be tolerated until I had my perfect smile.

As is the way of orthodontics, my braces stayed on for one and a half years longer than expected. By this time my canines had been pushed all the way back where they belonged, and left giant gaps where my incisor implants would go. When my braces came off, I looked in the mirror and immediately cried. The vampire had been replaced with Bugs Bunny. A retainer with false teeth was quickly made for me, and it practically never left my mouth. There was no need for anyone to tell me to wear it all of the time because it felt so good to have a normal-looking smile. The retainer gave me a decided lisp and it had to be removed when I was singing. A photo of me was taken without it and I quickly became “gap-tooth girl”.

My implants were put in a few months after my braces came off. A few months after that, the crowns were screwed on. My mouth was purple with bruises and blood, but I finally had the smile I had always wanted. The false teeth were sawed off my retainer and I was told to keep wearing it nightly but I rarely took it off my bedside table. It felt too good to rub my tongue along the back of my top teeth and feel no lumps, sharp metal or spaces. Now after years of torture I find myself with a perfect smile. I am no longer known as anything other than “Cassi”, which suits me fine.

My little brother is about to start the same dental adventure. He was born without five teeth and has extensive tooth decay due to asthma medication. I can only hope that he will experience minimal pain, and that the end results will be worth the years of effort. But you’d better believe I’ll be calling him “the boy with the braces” until he’s done.


Thank you for the consideration. I've enjoyed reading Smile since it was updated weekly on Raina's web site!



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