Jillian Tamaki


Oct 31st, 2011

UM. Someone made the Sexy Hungry-Man Dinner from the Sexy Halloween comic! Kate Thornbery, I SALUTE YOU!

To be honest, I kind of had gotten a little sick of that comic. All that linking, reblogging, reposting, tumbling, commentary, re-appropriating (and flat out rip-offs)… it’s cool how something can be disseminated so far and wide so quickly, but it can leave you feeling a little “consumed”. It’s nice to see stuff resonate with someone beyond the 2 milliseconds it takes to push the “like” button, you know?

Kate, email me and I’ll send you a print!

Oh! And Happy Halloween.

Penguin Threads: Available now!

Oct 25th, 2011

When we first announced the Penguin Threads project back in March, the response was phenomenal. I have never participated in a project that has had such a response. Well, as of today, the books are available for purchase. (Buy at Amazon, search/buy at your local indie bookstore via Indiebound, or get them from Penguin directly.)

They are here. They are all glued together and have words inside.

A surprise when you open the cover... the backs of the embroideries!

We are having a launch event in New York City. Not only will you get to hear me chew the fat with Penguin Classics Director Elda Rotor, you will also be able to see the original embroideries in person. Here’s the info for that event:

Tues, Nov 8, 7PM
Purl Soho
459 Broome Street (between Greene and Mercer)
RSVP @ penguinthreads@gmail.com

What Could Have Been: some alternate sketches for the Emma and Black Beauty covers.

Lastly, I wanted to provide you with a few more behind-the-scenes/in-progress goodies. These were completed in a few feverish weeks between December 2010 and February 2011.

Thanks for your interest in the covers. I hope they encourage you to read the wonderful stories inside. And be sure to check out the three wonderful new covers in the Threads series from Rachell Sumpter.

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

Saveur Recipe Comic

Oct 24th, 2011

Well, here’s something different: a MutantMagic crossover recipe comic for Saveur.com.

(Small reminder: you can read the MutantMagic webcomic here.)

Another comic-related newsie bit: tomorrow, Oct 25th, 7PM, I’ll be at BookCourt in Brooklyn for a little reading/Q&A for the Best American Comic anthology.

163 Court Street (between Pacific & Dean)

Folio Society: Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market & Selected Poems”

Oct 20th, 2011

I did another Folio Society book!

This one is a collection of Christina Rossetti poems. Some of you may be familiar with her most famous poem, Goblin Market. It was on my first-year University reading list anyway.

Christina Rossetti’s poetry is romantic, devotional, and often very bleak. She derived a lot of her inspiration from Nature: the seasons, harvest, and death. If you’d like to read the corresponding poems to these illustrations, they are as follows:

1-3: Goblin Market
4: The World
5: Hollow-Sounding And Mysterious
6: By the Sea
7: In an Artist’s Studio
8: Passing and Glassing

There are more illustrations in the book. You can order the book here. Here is how to join the Folio Society.

Have a Sexy Little Halloween

Oct 18th, 2011

Jungle (Their Money’s Worth)

Oct 15th, 2011

Here’s a new one for PLANSPONSOR. AD SooJin Buzelli.

Fall Leaves

Oct 14th, 2011

‘Made some Fall decorations this afternoon.

Bad Scene

Oct 4th, 2011

As seen in front of my apartment. Brooklyn, NY.

NYLON Magazine

Oct 4th, 2011

First off. I’m going to apologize in advance for the BOMBARDMENT of Penguin Threads related news you will hear in the next month or so. The response to the project has been completely insane, and lots of interviews and stuff are in the can and should be coming out soon. I’m aiming to be rather prudent with the coverage here as to not bore you all. There WILL be a launch party, details to come.

Here I am in the current issue of NYLON magazine. The photo is by Nadirah Zakariya, who is very delightful.

Library of Congress Acquisitions

Oct 3rd, 2011

I have some very exciting news: some of my work has been acquired by the Library of Congress! Yes, THAT Library of Congress! In Washington, DC! I sent off the two items, a short comic and one of my sketchbooks, last week. [The comic originally appeared in The Guardian UK, and much of the work in this particular sketchbook ended up in my D&Q petite livre, Indoor Voice.]

Godspeed, old friends!

I’m very honoured to be a part of the Library’s Collection. Thanks to Martha Kennedy for her interest and facilitation of the purchase.