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Smile Giveaway

January 26th, 2010 (08:35 am)

Current Mood: thankful
Current Song: Get Back by Demi Lovato

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: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 18th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Dentist the Menace: A Non-Fiction Tale of Woe

Kristy Locklin

After a long, insurance-less absence, I’m back in the dreaded dentist’s chair listening to the Muzak version of “That’s What Friends Are For.”

The masked woman looming above me is definitely not my friend. She is the devil in blue scrubs.

“Are you flossing daily?” she asks, inspecting my mouth with a tiny mirror.

“Uh (choke) huh,” I lie, gagging on the instrument.

She raises a skeptical eyebrow and turns to her tray of stainless steel torture devices. Like Freddy Krueger with a DMD degree, she proceeds to hack at my gums until they bleed. Apparently, inadequate dental hygiene is something this woman takes personally.

Each time I wince, creases form around Dr. Krueger’s eyes. She is either grimacing in sympathy or grinning with sadomasochistic delight.

She hands me a cup and instructs me to rise. I swish the water around in my mouth and spit a red stream into the bowl next to my chair. I am shocked by the amount of blood. Suddenly, my head feels heavy, as if it’s one of those monolithic noggins on Easter Island. The room begins to spin.

By humming the aforementioned Dionne Warwick tune, I manage to stay conscious during my fluoride treatment.

When my teeth are clean and I’ve lost at least two pints of blood, Dr. Krueger removes her mask and latex gloves. To my surprise, she does not have fangs or finger-knives.

“Don’t forget to floss,” she says, wagging a complimentary toothbrush in my direction.

Fearful of opening my mouth and spewing forth a crimson goodbye, I nod my head and totter out the door.

It’s the middle of evening rush hour and I have to fight my way through throngs of people before reaching my apartment. I check my mailbox and make small talk with the neighbors, including the hot guy in 708. Once I’m home, I sigh with relief and snuggle my cat. My kiss leaves a blood stain on his furry head.

Horrified, I run to the bathroom mirror. I don’t recognize the face staring back at me because it’s COVERED IN BLOOD! And not just a small, Dracula-esque drop at the corner of my mouth, but big, red streaks across both cheeks and a sanguine soul patch on my chin.

I look like Gene Simmons after a KISS concert!

Cursing Dr. Krueger, I splash warm water on my face, take a deep breath and – remembering Dionne Warwick’s advice – keep smiling, keep shining.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 19th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Re: Dentist the Menace: A Non-Fiction Tale of Woe

Hi Kristy! Thank you for entering the Smile giveaway.

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