Jillian Tamaki

Picture Day

Oct 31st, 2008

Halloween Fun, courtesy Jessica Hische.


Oct 29th, 2008

Here’s a NYTimes Halloween Op-Ed from a few years ago that I still kind of like. The story was about how there is a world of gourds and pumpkins out there, but all anyone thinks of are those Jack O’Lantern pumpkins. There was also something about heirloom varieties and pilgrims (see sketches below).

You’ll note the arrangement of faces flipped from sketch to finish.

More Weirdness

Oct 28th, 2008

I am very interested in Horror Manga, but it’s really hard to find here. I was in Kinokuniya yesterday though picking up some reference material and I remember reading about this book, Cat Eyed Boy, on Chris Butcher’s blog.

This is some seriously freaky shit, people. Buy it now. It’s so exciting and thrilling… I mean, when’s the last time you read something and exclaimed “OH MY GOD!” aloud? It reminded me of being a kid and being absolutely titillated to read about sex or violence in a book… you can hardly believe someone has printed this! And you’re READING it!

Cat Eyed Boy is a half-human, half-monster child whose mostly human appearance bans him from the demon world. He lives hidden in the shadows of the human world, hated by humans and demons alike. Wherever he goes, awful events occur as the humans and demons interact. In 11 stories of revenge and retribution full of disturbing images, Cat Eyed Boy acts as a trickster, saving the innocent and helping the wicked receive the punishment that fate metes out. The first volume contains four stories and the first part of a fifth and longer story. CAT EYED BOY was created by Kazuo Umezu, the undisputed master of Japanese horror manga and creator of the critically acclaimed DRIFTING CLASSROOM (also published by VIZ Media). Cat Eyed Boy offers up a concoction of dark vignettes dripping with the macabre and the absurd.

I am excited to see that an alternative manga journal, AX, will be coming to North America. I try to get weirdo Garo stuff when I can because I feel bleaky uneducated about this topic I find so interesting…

Dulac does Poe

Oct 28th, 2008

Oh, hello. One of my favourite classic illustrators, Edmund Dulac, illustrated some Poe stories.

Via The Beat.


Oct 27th, 2008

Thought Web

Oct 27th, 2008

So that “Idea Generation” post was a resounding success. You guys are really starved for ideas, it would appear!

I decided to scan and the last page of that handout. I used “Frankenstein”, by Mary Shelley, as an example as it was it was Parsons required reading last summer.

Click to enlarge.

This thought web thing took about 10-15 minutes to complete, so I just don’t buy the excuse that it’s too difficult or time-consuming. If you don’t like playing with ideas, perhaps you shouldn’t pursue illustration.

I was actually pretty psyched about the prospect of doing a theoretical Frankenstein cover by the end of the exercise!


Oct 24th, 2008

I have been doing a ton of portraits these days. Test your knowledge of Clint Eastwood.

Oct 22nd, 2008

I liked this NYTimes article on wine manga. I have been aware of manga dealing with seemingly “niche” topics like golf, cooking, horseback riding, etc., but haven’t really seen many examples of it. It looks really exciting!

Slideshow here.

If you’re interested in a really excellent book on manga, check out Paul Gravett’s book Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics. It’s a great resource.

Brooklyn Follies

Oct 22nd, 2008

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Zap! Pow! Comics not just for kids anymore!

Oct 21st, 2008

Some bittersweet news:

Skim has been nominated for a Governor General’s Award! For “Children’s Book Text” (there is no graphic novel section). For non-Canucks, the GGs are one of the highest literary awards in Canada.

I heartily congratulate Mariko… truly and sincerely. She has always been a very giving and supportive partner in this endeavor of ours!

But I can’t help but feel a bit of disappointment in this. I simply don’t believe you can separate the pictures and words in a GRAPHIC NOVEL. They do the same for Children’s Books with the GGs, which I kind of think is strange, but hey, at least the authors get an acknowledgment in the Illustrator’s section.

I think this is another illustration (snort) of the chasm the graphic novels sit in, between “Comics” and “Books”. The book industry is set up for very defined genres and graphic novels can pose a strange conundrum. Shelving, reviewing, book awards. Sigh.

Or maybe I feel like an ugly date?