Jillian Tamaki

SDCC 2010 Con Report

Jul 30th, 2010

So I’m just getting back into the swing of things after our epic California trip. Here is a con report!

(You can also read it LARGER.)

There are a few other things to mention:

1. I rebuilt my portfolio site. www.jilliantamaki.com was hacked very badly and removing the hack proved more irritating than scrapping the thing and starting anew. I pared it down and added annotations to some of the pieces. I’ll be polishing it up over the next few weeks, but I really, really needed The Internet to stop thinking I was running some kind of sex-aid pharmacy. Although I AM Canadian…

2. I am part of a new anthology: Marvel Strange Tales II. Yes, I am now a Marvel Artist. How effing cool is THAT?! I made a short comic about Dazzler. So much fun. Can’t wait to share more of this project.

3. Indoor Voice. Did I mention that I already? Well, I added some pictures!

Links to some of the pertinent people in the above comic:
Peter Birkemoe (The Beguiling)
Chris Butcher
James Sturm
Gabrielle Bell
Vanessa Davis, whose book “Make Me A Woman” is terrific
Trevor Alixopulos
Mimi Pond
Angie Wang
Hellen Jo
Sam Weber, of course
Heidi MacDonald
Hope Larson
Bryan Lee O’Malley
Eric Nakamura, of Giant Robot


Jul 29th, 2010

INDOOR VOICE! It’s here! A box came today!

It never gets old opening a box of your own books.

So it should be trickling into stores soon (or order online here). Let me tell you about the book:

I consider Indoor Voice to be a companion piece to the book I did in 2006, Gilded Lilies. It is not a narrative story (like Skim), but rather a collection of short comics, sketchbook stuff, etc. It’s inspired, in fact, by the spirit of this very blog. (There are some “reprints” of blog material, but much of it is new.) It can be hard to sum up a book like this, but I had some practice talking about it at Comic-con: I think this book is a snapshot of a year or two in a creative life and is probably best enjoyed by others who live or aspire to a creative life as well.

Making “art” (in the loosest, purest sense of word) for a living is tough. I see students, often in the 2nd semester of 4th year, come to a sinking realization that Illustration is sometimes not fun at all. It’s work. Work that is sometimes boring, frustrating, by-committee, and maddeningly collaborative. Some people are great at viewing illustration as just a profession, a job, filling a need, rendering a service. No problem with that at all. Part of me views it that way too (it’s part of “being a professional”). But I do sincerely believe that without personal work and comics, I might go nuts. For the most part, there is little Sense of Play in commercial illustration (there are a few glorious exceptions to this rule). And the Sense of Play is really what nourishes creativity and, ultimately, good work (paid or otherwise). Sometimes, I think, it’s actually more important than rigorous practice.

So. Here you go. A little glimpse into Play.

COMIC-CON, ICON, California here I come

Jul 12th, 2010

I will be out of the studio July 14-25. In California!

July 14-18: ICON6. I will be the one riding the taco trucks Teen-Wolf style around Los Angeles.

July 22-24: COMIC-CON. This is my first SDCC and I am a featured guest AND my little petit-livre Indoor Voice will debut there! Holy Crow. Here is my schedule, as it stands now… all signings will be conducted out of the D&Q booth, #1529. Please come to see me!

3-4: Signing, D&Q booth, #1529 [I am praying to the comic gods I will be there on time…. flying in from SF but a few hours before]

2–3: Graphic Novels: The Personal Touch—You know when you read it: that certain something that sticks out in a graphic novel. It’s the personal touch, a work that draws on the life of the creator or the people around him or her. Call the work autobiographical, call it reality—many times it results in truly personal and inspiring comics. Comics creator and journalist Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic, Skin Horse) talks to Comic-Con special guests Gabrielle Bell (Cecil & Jordan in New York), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Vanessa Davis (Make Me a Woman), Larry Marder (Beanworld), Jillian Tamaki (Skim), and Carol Tyler (You’ll Never Know Book 1: A Good and Decent Man) about their very personal work. Room 4

3-5: Signing, D&Q booth, #1529

11–12: Spotlight on Jillian Tamaki—Comic-Con special guest Jillian Tamaki has taken both the illustration and comics worlds by storm. Her graphic novel Skim, was a New York Times Best Book of the Year, and also was nominated for a Governor General Award. Her drawings can be found in the NYT, Oprah, New Yorker, and Esquire. Tamaki will discuss the process of Skim, collaborating with a writer and the difference between comics and illustration. Room 3

12-3: Signing, D&Q booth, #1529


Jul 12th, 2010

Jungle Garfield

Jul 9th, 2010


Jul 3rd, 2010


Jul 2nd, 2010

Playing around in preparation for a final illustration.