Jillian Tamaki
 

SuperMutant Magic Academy Book

Dec 10th, 2014

Followers of my webcomic might know there has been talk of a SMMA book for a while. IT IS FORTHCOMING! I can now share the cover with you. Plus some more info! It will contain all of the published strip (minus the really, really terrible ones), plus new material. Spring 2015, from D&Q.

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Dec 1st, 2014
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Admit it, you couldn’t resist either.

This year, both Mariko and I were nominated for Governor General’s Awards for This One Summer. The GGs are a Canadian literary prize with a lot of pomp and, it must be said, a very hefty cheque attached. Mariko had been nominated in 2008, for Skim, in the category of children’s text. There was some consternation at the time, given the inherent absurdity of separating text and image in a comic. And so while it was a happy honour for us to both be nominated in our “respective” categories this year, the issue of cramming comics into an ill-fitting rubric remained.

Nevertheless. Mariko and I had a blast. Last Monday, we flew into Ottawa for the festivities, which consisted of a Parliamentary visit to both the library and question period (I sat across from Stephen Harper and his very blue eyes), a public reading, an official ceremony at Rideau Hall, and some various mix-n-mingle type events featuring high quality finger foods.

I met Shelagh Rogers who, as a former CBC morning show host, has undoubtedly been a companion to much comic-making.

We managed to ferret out a buttertart.

New fun and inspiring friends. Please check out their work: Jordan Tannahill (playright), Michael Harris (journalist), Marianne Dubuc (French-language author/illustrator), Raziel Reid (author), Arleen Paré (poet). Full list of nominees here.

I’ll leave you with my speech, which I gave in Rideau Hall. Thanks, Mariko. Love u, coz <3

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Your Excellencies, fellow laureates, ladies and gentlemen,

Hi.

Thank you so much.

Thank you to the Canada Council, the panelists who selected our book, our publishers Groundwood and First Second Books, Patsy Aldana, Sheila Barry, Mark Seigel and Calista Brill for helping us to shape it, Julia Kelk for driving us around Georgian Bay in a speedboat, the country of Canada for supporting artists, even the crazy ones, and all the zitty teenagers that work in weird corner stores in Muskoka, Ontario.

The most thanks, however, go to my cousin, Mariko Tamaki, whom I wish could join me on this stage right now.

Imagine a page of comics with all the words stripped from the balloons. You could not truly read the comic. Or at least not get the whole story. The same goes for if you erased the images and were left to read floating scraps of dialogue scattered across the page. In this medium, images and words do not support one another; they are intrinsically linked. The wondrousness of comics is the space and play and discord between the two.

Growing up in Calgary, I did not see much of Mariko, as she lived in Toronto and Calgarians don’t have a lot of time for Toronto. Making books with her has been an enlightening lesson in collaboration but also has had the gratifying side-effect of bringing us close as cousins and friends. I share this prize with her in every way.

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Shortly before I fell into the Eternal Flame and was scarred horribly.

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Parliamentary Library.

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With Sheila Barry, Groundwood Books publisher.

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An original edition of Audubon’s Birds. I flipped out at this point in the tour.

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They made us do this, but I think we liked it.

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Arleen’s tabs are on point.

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How did this get in here

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Nov 19th, 2014

Whoa, I won a Governor General’s Award! Of course, to say I won it is a little silly… This One Summer is a collaboration with my cousin Mariko and we share the prize together.

Here’s a video of me trying to sound smart. I get to go to Ottawa next week! Will I see Stephen Harper?! Stay tuned!

Also! Check out the other nominees: Julie Morstad, Renata Liwska, Qin Leng, and Mary Louise Gay. Some of them are friends and I’m proud to be such company.

***NEWS UPDATE***

Oct 13th, 2014

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**NEWS UPDATE**

Lately I have been very bad at keeping my various online sites up-to-date with news and events and whatnot. Going to rectify that now, succinctly.

- Unfortunately I will not be at ThoughtBubble festival this year, as originally planned. I’m sorry!

- This One Summer was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, a Canadian literary prize. We have been split up into “text and illustration” categories again, which caused some consternation the last time with Skim. I am honoured to be nominated, nevertheless. Fun fact: 3 of the 4 nominated illustrators are ACAD grads.

- The Adventure Time episode that I boarded with Jesse Moynihan, Astral Plane, was teased at NYCC! Not sure when it airs.

- I dropped off some leftover SuperMutant Magic Academy minis to The Beguiling and Desert Island. The book, which will collect and conclude the strip, is still slated for a Spring 2015 release. :-)

SPX INFO

Sep 8th, 2014



SPX INFO.

Above, a selection of some of the wares I’ll be peddling at table #J5, which I’m sharing with Youth In Decline‘s Ryan Sands and Jane Cho. Random bibs and bobs, plus a NEW SMMA MINI (aka the LAST SMMA MINI ever).

This One Summer will be available at the First Second table. It’s nominated for an Ignatz too! I’ll be signing on at First Second on Sunday 2-3. Or whenever you catch me at #J5.

I’m on one panel. Sunday, 12:30, White Flint Auditorium.

Stories of Girlhood: What is the difference between writing about girlhood and writing for young girls? What can we generalize about the experience of girlhood in Western culture? And how do we express that in words and images? Moderator Ellen Lindner (The Black Feather Falls) will consider these questions and more with artists Jillian Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer), Aisha Franz (Earthling), and Melissa Mendes (Freddy Stories, Lou).

More Programming info here.

Les Mis

Sep 5th, 2014

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This is the front cover of the Penguin Graphic Classics Les Misérables that I illustrated. (Just the cover. Not the insides. You’re on your own there.) But this is just the front! It’s a full wraparound (with a very, very thick spine and french flaps). Will post the full thing when I get a physical copy. The book is on sale Feb 2015.

View the others in the Penguin Graphic Classics here. AD Paul Buckley.

P.S.! I am much better these days at updating the Tumblr version of this blog. #2014

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Sep 5th, 2014

Finally finished this weird-ass mini-quilt. Just don’t ask me what it is or what it’s for.

Riker’s

Sep 5th, 2014

NYT Op-Ed about a woman’s account of the living conditions on Riker’s Island (an NYC prison). AD Matt Dorfman. Below, a variation.

Sundays and Cybele

Sep 5th, 2014

Criterion Collection cover for Sundays and Cybèle, a very beautiful and disturbing French new wave classic.

AD Eric Skillman.

Original Art at San Diego Comic-Con

Jul 23rd, 2014

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Yep! The Beguiling, Canada’s the world’s favourite comic shop, is now handling the sale of selected pieces of This One Summer original art. From the press release:

The Beguiling will be debuting more than two-dozen gorgeous pages from This One Summer as part of its offerings at Comic-Con 2014 at booth #1629, a small corner of publisher Drawn & Quarterly’s booth, from Thursday July 24 through Sunday July 27 (no preview night this year).

More info here. All unsold pieces will appear in their online store. If you are not going to SDCC and would like to inquire, email mail@beguiling.com.

More photos of original art here were previously posted here.