Jillian Tamaki

Ko Murobushi

May 13th, 2009

In Toronto, my aunt took me to a modern dance recital. One of the dancers was Ko Murobushi, who performs modern Butoh. To the totally uninformed observer (ie. me), it seemed almost anti-dancing in the conventional sense… more about pure movement and emotion (sorry Butoh enthusiasts, I’m likely butchering your artform’s message, but it’s the best I can do).

Here’s a video of the performance, if you’re interested.

Housekeeping Post!

May 11th, 2009

Hi! I am back from my beloved Toronto and have some news. I’m going to dump it all on you at once. ‘Hope that’s okay.

1. We won a Doug Wright! Thank-you to Seth, Chester Brown, and Brad McKay for their tireless work with the Doug Wright Awards. Mariko and I have been involved, in some way or another, with 4 of the Awards now and it’s astonishing to see it grow with each successive year. Check out D&Q’s new (big, red, shiny) Doug Wright book if you’re interested in the man’s cartooning work.

Unwilling to saw the actual award itself in half, the DW committee thoughtfully instead gave one of us these stand-in medals, designed by Seth!

2. TCAF was a great success. Thank you to Chris Butcher and Peter Birkmoe of The Beguiling for putting on another excellent show. I think I’m on a post-show high right now, such were the good vibes. Saw old friends and met new friends, including a few heroes. ‘Left inspired and energized about comics. What more can you ask for?

3. Even illustrations were comic-themed. I was on the cover of the Times’ Book Review yesterday, accompanying the review of When I Forgot by Elina Hervonen:

4. I just received our copies of the UK edition of Skim from Walker Books. As far as I can tell, it’s available for Britons’ consumption.

5. Family time! Including looking at old pictures of a Grandma.

Away May 4-11… for TCAF!

May 4th, 2009

Hi Blog Friends,

I will be away in Toronto for TCAF tomorrow ’til next Monday.

If you happen to be in Toronto, come visit me and Mariko at the festival! Here are the details!

Toronto Comic Arts Festival
Saturday May 9th & Sunday May 10th, 2009
The Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

I think we’ll have a table of our own, but I can GUARANTEE that we will be signing at the following times on Saturday: 1-2, Conundrum Press table, and 2-2.30 at the Doug Wright table.


Speaking of those Doug Wright Awards! We are nominated for one. Complete information, including which Canadian celebrities to expect at the ceremony (STRESSFUL!!) and how to get *FREE* tickets, is here.


There is this show too, which I posted about a little while ago:

Graphic Novels: The Creation of Art and Narrative.
Gallery Showing at Harbourfront Centre
Friday May 8th – Sunday June 21st.
Opening Reception Friday May 8th, 6pm-10pm
York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Featuring: Canada: Jeff Lemire, Kagan McLeod, Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki, Doug Wright (by Seth). Anke Feuchtenberger (Germany), Emmanuel Guibert (France), Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Japan), Adrian Tomine (USA).


Okay. So, maybe see you in Toronto. Bye!

More Blakeian Exercise

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A Red Lady

May 3rd, 2009

Blakeian Exercise

May 3rd, 2009