Jillian Tamaki

MoCCA Festival

Mar 31st, 2011

MoCCA Fest is almost upon us. And with it comes a mini-flurry of signings.

Friday, April 8, 4.30PM: I’m signing with Joe Ollmann at The Strand. Creators will be signing throughout the day.

Saturday, April 9: I’ll be at MoCCA (Lex Ave Armory, check the above link for details), D&Q booth, 12-2.

[NEW!] Saturday, April 9: Marvel Strange Tales II Release Party + Signing, The Mad Hatter, 360 Third Ave (at 26th St.), 7-9

You can pick up a copy of Indoor Voice at The Strand + MoCCA. SKIM may be available in limited quantities too. I’m always happy to meet you and sign a book you’ve already bought, of course.

Penguin Threads Deluxe Classics

Mar 28th, 2011

I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally be able to share this project with you. It pretty much consumed my life for the first 2 months of this year.

Penguin Classics! What a dream project. When I first did my Monster Quilt, I said I wouldn’t take commissions in embroidery… unless Penguin called me for a Penguin Classics cover. Sometimes you get what you wish for (times three).

The covers wraparound, and include french flaps. You can view larger versions here by clicking:

I’ve included a few photos of the works in progress below. There are more “making-of” pics, but we’re saving them for when the books will be released in the Fall. Thanks to Paul Buckley for the amazing gig. Also thanks to Stella Lee for her help with the tiny lettering.



-“Can I post about these on my blog?” Yes. If you’d like to feature the Penguin Threads project on your blog, that is fine. A linkback is appreciated.

-“When will the books be available?” October, 2011.

-“Will they be limited edition/available in my country?” I believe they will be similar to the other Penguin Deluxe Classics, which are widely available in most major and indie bookstores. They will be available in many International markets, but I can’t speak to your specific country.

-“How will they be printed?” They will NOT be individual embroidered objects. I’m not really sure how that would be possible without making the final product exorbitantly expensive. They will, however, be beautifully produced, printed with a sculptural-embossing technique that will emphasize the stitches. They will be tactile objects.

-“Do you have an Etsy store?” I do not.

Please direct all press inquiries to Sonya at sonya.cheuse@us.penguingroup.com

SuperMutant Magic Academy: Gravitational Event

Mar 28th, 2011

Baby’s First Obama

Mar 26th, 2011

This is the first portrait of Obama that I’ve done! Crazy! For New York Magazine, AD Raul Aguila.

I used the White House Flickr stream to find reference photos for this. It’s a good resource because the photos are very high res and are US Government Works, which are not subject to Copyright restrictions (with exceptions). Hence you’re quite free to make derivative works from them. The White House photostream itself is quite amazing… lots of very powerful and humorous images.

Drawing Action

Mar 24th, 2011

I sent my students to the National History Museum (or Bronx Zoo) to draw animals this week. I wish I had the resources to bring camels and baby tigers into the studio à la Disney, but alas. The results were varied but an interesting pattern emerged. Even though most kids were drawing from taxidermy animals, some were really able to make the drawings feel alive. As if they captured a moment in time, instead of simply drawing a stuffed animal.

To my mind, gesture is really paramount. If the gesture is wrong, the story is wrong, then what’s the point of making the drawing? It’s important to draw action, not just record the form, particularly if it’s a living thing, but the same can and does apply to even inanimate objects. In many cases of the best animal drawings I saw today, you could almost sense the animal’s next movement… a thrust forward, a lazy flick of a tail, or dash off into the bushes. As if even the past and future was captured in the single image.

This is where the idea of empathy in drawing comes from… I think many of us have had the experience of drawing an angry face, for example, then found we were scowling/furrowing our brow while we drew.

I’m not really talking about dynamic motion here. More like “potentiality”. Even solemn, quiet images have energy.

[Top image: “High Fascism”, NYTimes Op-Ed, AD Alexandra Zsigmond)

SuperMutant Magic Academy: Hero

Mar 24th, 2011

Mutantmagic.com or Archives. I’m thinking about posting these exclusively on mutantmagic.com though, since this blog is turning into all SMMA all the time…

SuperMutant Magic Academy: Deferred Credit

Mar 21st, 2011

St. Patrick’s Day, NYC

Mar 17th, 2011

This man won the St. Patrick’s Day dress-up challenge, in my book.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Giant Robot Waterworks

Mar 13th, 2011

Here is a piece I made for a Unicef benefit at Giant Robot. It will appear on waterbottles available for purchase at the show opening. Info for the event below.

Communication Arts Feature

Mar 11th, 2011

I’m featured in the current issue of Communication Arts (Mar/Apr). Thanks to Rebecca Bedrossian and Jim Hanas. Here are a few spreads to look at!