Jillian Tamaki

Blue Bulldogs

Jun 13th, 2008

What It Is, Lynda Barry

Jun 12th, 2008

So I started tucking into my MoCCA stash. Fun! Like a lot of you that attended the con, I bought Lynda Barry’s new book What It Is. It’s sort of a manifesto, memoir, workbook type thing. It’s very inspirational. It’s about breaking down mental blocks and connecting with our imagination and memories. And tapping into that lucid space of just CREATING already… without the self-consciousness and “need to please” hang-ups we all have.

As working illustrators, I think we really lose that lucidity and sense of play. How can we not? Our job literally commodifies what we love. “How lucky! You get to sit around and just draw all day!” Snort. However, I think that child-like sense of play is really important. That’s where the sketchbook and personal work comes in, I suppose.

Lynda Barry audio slideshow (featuring pages from book and author commentary) and NYTimes article.

What It Is on Amazon.

P.S. Also check out Hope Larson’s new book Chiggers, if only for amazingly sensitive character gestures (luckily, you’ll find much more to love in addition… I promise).


Jun 10th, 2008

Hi guys,

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet around here… I’ve been totally wiped from MoCCA last weekend! Here’s a picture of Mariko showing off our table (obviously before the crowds hit and the room rose to dangerously hot temps!).

If you came out to visit us, THANK-YOU! A lot of you mentioned this blog, which absolutely thrills me. And lastly, it was great to talk about Skim and finally be able to show it to people! Yay!


Jun 5th, 2008

This was originally to run in WIRED magazine, but the article got killed. Wah. I think this is a cute piece and I was pretty psyched about doing a watercolour for $$.

Jun 5th, 2008

Okay, this post is completely unrelated to illustration, but I wanted to draw your attention to a very important issue in our city. I don’t want to get all political, but I cannot support this cause strongly enough and feel moved to recognize the heroic men and women keeping us safe on our streets.

Comics, Comics, Everywhere!

Jun 4th, 2008

If you are even a tiny bit interested in alternative comics and are anywhere near New York City this weekend, you must check out MoCCA Festival in Soho. Mariko and I will be there selling our book Skim plus some other goodies. Come and say hi to us! We will be on the Skylight room, table S8.

Here’s all the info, including a list of exhibitors.

Tiananmen Square Op-Ed

Jun 4th, 2008

Here’s an Op-Ed piece that appears on today’s NYTimes Op-Ed page. Read the article here. AD Brian Rea.

Lunch: Mom’s Salad

Jun 3rd, 2008

This is a salad thing that I learned from my mom who, along with my sister-in-law, is probably the best home cook I know. It’s also one of those things you can make when you need to clean out your fridge.

Chop up vegetables. This can include, but is not limited to: red onions, peppers, cucumbers, hearts of palm, steamed green beans and artichokes. Add a vinaigrette of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Squeeze a lemon over top. Maybe let it sit for a little bit.

I put it on couscous or, in this case, polenta. It really doesn’t take long! I also added some feta on top. Yum.