Jillian Tamaki

Toronto Rules

Mar 31st, 2008

The above pic is from the Skim Launch last week… a full house at the Gladstone! THANK-YOU everyone who came to that event and the OCAD talk.

(P.S. The girl in green? My sister, Lauren.)


A few leftover Skim links, before I resume regular posting:

National Post feature (which hilariously featured the subhead “Nepotism at Work” in the print version)

FFWD (Calgary weekly) Interview

– A CBC podcast inteview of Mariko and me on “Q”!!

– If you are interested in viewing ORIGINAL Skim art, visit The Beguiling on Markham St (around the corner from Honest Ed’s). A small collection of original sketches, pencils, and inked work will be on view of a few weeks.


Mar 23rd, 2008

Hey guys,

This will be last post for about a week. I will be up in Toronto promoting our book. I thought this would be a good time to do a megapost about the latest and future goings-ons in Skimland.

First: an excerpt! This is a little cut from Part 1 of Skim. You can also download a .pdf version if it’s too big for your browser or you’d like to zoom in on the art.

If you are in Toronto, come to The Launch. Mariko and I will be doing a small presentation where I will be showing sketches and other process stuff. And, of course, yammering about our experience. And partying. Details:

This Is Not A Reading Series, Skim Launch
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 – 7:30pm
Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

Also on Wednesday, you can listen to Mariko and I on CBC’s entertainment radio show “Q”. I think that comes on around midday. Check local listings. I was actually on Q once before with the lovely Hope Larson. But that time we had a guest interviewer… this time I will actually meet celebu-host Jian Ghomeshi. I am terrified.

If you are an OCAD student, you can also come to a talk next Friday. It will be more in-depth and illustration-focussed. Mariko will also be there to talk about Skim. We’ll probably bring some copies to hawk.

Friday, March 28, 2008
Ontario College of Art & Design
Auditorium (room 190)
100 McCaul St

Lastly, I thought I’d post some media tidbits, including a review from last weekend’s Globe & Mail and this month’s BUST Magazine. Read a small online article about my comics-making soundtrack at Drawn (thanks, Matt!). And, lastly, a feature in the National Post is due to run on Wednesday. I archive all this stuff on my website under the “books” section.


Thank-you for your patience. I thought I’d blast all this info at you at once, instead of stringing it along over multiple posts. Maybe I’ll meet some of you in Toronto!


ESPN Fantasy Sports

Mar 22nd, 2008

Here’s a recent project done for ESPN’s 10th Anniversary Issue. The concept: “Fantasy Sports are Fun”! The editors actually came up with the idea of the pinata party, which was initially a bit daunting. How exactly does one draw a group of kids grabbing at 10 specified athletes flying out of a pinata? But actually, I think the challenge did me good.

There’s something that makes me think the image actually looks better in the layout than by itself. I’m not sure why. Maybe the “JACKPOT” extends the line of the girl’s arm or something. Anyway. You’ll notice the asian girl got a bit of a haircut and became a boy for the magazine version! I suppose girls aren’t that into fantasy sports, but I do like the black of her hair in the original. AD Siung Tija.

The FAQs of Life

Mar 22nd, 2008

Isaac Klunk, a student at SCAD, posted this Q&A we did a few weeks ago for his class presentation. I wish I had a drawing of Tootie to accompany this post.

Telephone Doodle

Mar 21st, 2008

Raymond Pettibon, NYTimes Op-Art: Spring

Mar 20th, 2008

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (“Dateline: any town, anytime”), ink on paper, 2007. 
Photo Joshua White. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Watercolour Scheme: Calgary

Mar 20th, 2008

Watercolour Scheme: New York

Mar 20th, 2008

Watercolour Scheme: Banff

Mar 20th, 2008

Watercolour Scheme: Reykjavik

Mar 20th, 2008