Jillian Tamaki

Children’s Books

Feb 14th, 2008

Here are some spreads from this month’s Cookie Magazine. The theme was classic children’s books. Fifteen illustrations in total! It was cool to work with the art director, Alex Grossman, to do something more thematic and integrated.

And a few close-ups of the main illustrations.

Skating Rink

Feb 14th, 2008

Lunch: Udon Soup

Feb 13th, 2008

One of the best things about working in your house is that you get to make tasty lunches. Udon soup: make a quick base of water, soy sauce, ponzu and mirin (this combination is probably sacrilege, but whatever). Put in chopped green onions. Bring to boil. Throw in udon noodles, chopped carrots and mushrooms (tofu or cabbage would also be good). Cook until tender-crisp. Adjust seasonings. Eat.

Strange man and his son

Feb 13th, 2008

My Friend Frank

Feb 11th, 2008

Frank Stockton also did a beast for the Beast! book. And, like mine, genitalia was to be had!

Frank has a great bloggy-news section in which he details his impressive process and also gives very sage and energetic advice to fellow illustrators. There is something very Mr. Miyagi-like about Frank.

Photographic Evidence

Feb 11th, 2008

… that Skim is now available (in Toronto, at The Beguiling, at least)! As far as availability elsewhere, I have no idea… all I know is that it’s on sale soon (if not now?).

[As far as the Beguiling post about it not being widely available in The States, I’m not sure that’ll be the case. As far as I know, it will have reasonable US distribution. We shall see…]

P.S. You should also check out “Paul Goes Fishing” (also pictured). I love Michel Rabagliati.

Gorillas 2

Feb 10th, 2008


Feb 10th, 2008

I couldn’t resist posting this illustration that came in a spam email today. Call me crazy, but wouldn’t doing illustration for spam be fun? I mean, it’s offensive and unsolicited to begin with. The sky’s the limit.

Skim News!

Feb 8th, 2008

There is some new stuff to report about Skim, our graphic novel due out (next?) month.

-First off, a review from Publisher’s Weekly! Scroll up from the bottom of the page and you’ll hit it faster.

-An audio/podcast review from the Friends of Lulu. Thank you to Marion Vitus and Valerie D’Orazio. By the way, not sure why this gross hyper-saturated version of the cover is circulating on the internet. My heart breaks a little bit each time I see it.

-Some initial information about the Launch Party in Toronto has been released! It will be at the Gladstone Hotel on March 26. It’ll be a This Is Not A Reading Series event, sponsored by Pages Books. I’ll post more info/the official invite when it becomes available.

-Skim is available for pre-order at Amazon.

-Mariko and I will be at MoCCA, APE, and SPX this year. If you are too, please come visit us. 

I got the hardcover copy of the book in the mail the other day. I’m a bit nervous, but I can’t wait to share it with the world (and hear what you think!). Remember, I cross-post newsy bits on my illustration website, under the “news” section.

Julie Doucet

Feb 8th, 2008

Introduction to Julie Doucet’s work (comics and post-comics) at CBC Arts.