Raina Telgemier (b.May 26, 1977) is a former Girl Scout and an American cartoonist whose works include the autobiographic webcomicSmile (A Dental Drama), which was published by Scholastic Press's Graphix imprint as a full-color graphic novel in February 2010.
In 1989, when she was in sixth grade, she tripped one night after Girl Scouts and fell, severely injuring her two front teeth and in her pre-teen years, Raina suffered a serious mouth injury that required several years of dental and orthodontic surgery (which is described in her 2010 graphic novel Smile). She was viciously teased by her friends, prompting her to partially withdraw into her love of drawing until she lost her patience with the abuse when they publicly humiliated her. She eventually found new friends of better character in high school who appreciated her artistic talent, increasing her confidence. With that encouragement, she studied illustration at New York's School of Visual Arts, and currently lives in San Francisco, California.