Jillian Tamaki

Situational Readymades 3

Oct 13th, 2009

Broke Music Lover.
L Train, under East River, Brooklyn.

Related: I tried to find a plain old RADIO in Manhattan today and I FAILED. I might as well been looking for a gramophone.

Situational Readymades 2

Oct 12th, 2009

Student Driver, Driggs Ave, Brooklyn.

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Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

Oct 12th, 2009

I’m a guest at this! It’s a little event organized by Desert Island and Picturebox. Guests include: Gary Panter, Jillian Tamaki, Charles Burns, Ben Katchor, Kim Deitch, Mark Newgarden, Michael Kupperman, Frank Santoro, Lauren Weinstein, Dash Shaw, Matthew Thurber, Jon Vermilyea, and Dina Kelberman.


Saturday December 5th 2009
Our Lady of Consolation Church
184 Metropolitan Ave
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
free admission

Lotte Reiniger

Oct 11th, 2009

Yesterday Sam and I watched Lotte Reiniger’s Prince Achmed, which some consider the first animated film (1927). It was done using little hinged silhouettes. We were absolutely spellbound. How did we not know of her work earlier? (Note: we rented it thru Netflix)

Unfortunately there aren’t that many good clips I could find. This is one of the opening sequence, although it doesn’t really allude to the complexity and sophistication achieved in other sequences. Still, you can see the creativity and charm possible within such a “restrictive” medium. I love it when the wizard looks in the mirror at the end.

Here is another later film, Hansel and Gretel.


Oct 10th, 2009

I don’t want to alarm any of you, but I am now a New York Times Published Author.

Okay, not really. But I did contribute a little blurb to go with a drawing about bake sales, which have apparently been outlawed in NYC schools. Mine is about halvah, a middle eastern sesame treat not popular amongst the residents of Calgary, Alberta in the late 1980s.

The drawing appears in this weekend’s Sunday Times. AD Kim Bost!

Situational Readymades 1

Oct 10th, 2009

Working Clown, Graham Ave, Brooklyn.

Skim News

Oct 7th, 2009

(Above: a maquette of blown up thumbnails. This correlates to page 88/89 in the final book. Click to enlarge.)

Skim has been nominated for some Lulu Awards! Skim HERSELF has been nommed as “Best Female Character”!

Kim “Skim” Cameron Trivia: Skim’s last name was originally “Takota”, until we realized her Dad was White and probably wouldn’t have the last name Takota. Which ended up not really being Japanese anyway (we googled and from what we could find, “Takota” is maybe Sioux?). We are bad Japanese people.

Mariko was awarded the Joe Shuster Award a few days ago for Best Writer for Skim and Emiko Superstar. Go coz!

Hill Training

Oct 6th, 2009

Runner’s World, Germany. AD Grit Brüeggemann.

Dries Van Noten Spring 2010 (+Glue Colours)

Oct 5th, 2009

Pattern, Variety within Unity, Just the Right Amount of Surprise, Mastery of Glue Colours.

Glue Colours? Maybe it’s not their actual name. I’ve heard them also called other things, but I can’t remember exactly what at the moment.

What I call “Glue Colours” are the workhorse colours that support the “showstopper” colours. Not every colour can be a showstopper colour. You need a palette of neutrals to underscore the brights.

Unless you want LOUD, which is indeed perhaps the case.

Complete Dries slideshow.

Car Alarm

Oct 3rd, 2009

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