Jillian Tamaki
 

Obasan

Feb 27th, 2015

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A cover for Penguin Canada’s new edition of Obasan, about the internment of Japanese-Canadians in WW2. Felt honoured to do this one, not only because it’s a Canadian classic, but also because my own family was interned as well.

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Les Miserables

Feb 19th, 2015

 

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Received some nice mail today: the Les Misérables edition I illustrated for Penguin a little while ago. I was very curious to see how this one turned out. Visualizing it on a screen versus turning it around in your hand is a very different thing! You can view the whole Graphic Deluxe series here.

Thanks to Paul Buckley and Elda Rotor for thinking of me for this one.

Studio Shot

Feb 19th, 2015

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A pic of me in my still-pretty-barren (but somehow messy?!) studio, by my very talented friend, Reynard Li.

Upcoming Book News

Feb 12th, 2015

Whoa, lots of book news lately. HERE IS SOME MORE!

I got a copy of the SuperMutant Magic Academy book today! It’s pretty thick and satisfying to hold. Cool. Drawn and Quarterly wrote a bit about it here and included some interior pics. I will be touring the CRAP out of this book this year. So watch the News/Events space (or my tumblr or twitter) for that forthcoming info.

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ALSO! You have only a few more days to pre-order a Frontier subscription from Youth in Decline. What’s Frontier? It’s a series of cute, 30-page, beautifully-produced books. Each book is the work of a single creator. Mine comes out in April! But first I’ve got to draw it. I’ve done one page thus far. Oops.

Frontier #7: Jillian Tamaki: April 2015
Our first issue of the year features a brand new comic by the extremely talented illustrator and cartoonist, Jillian Tamaki. Her story for Frontier is called “SexCoven” and revolves around cults, file-sharing on the early internet, and sex. The 32 page issue will be Jillian’s longest solo authored comic to date.

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Last week was a big week!

Feb 9th, 2015

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It feels almost unbelievable to write, but This One Summer, which I co-created with my cousin Mariko Tamaki, won a Caldecott honour and a Printz Award.

Thanks to librarians, for these honours and, just, generally. To be perfectly honest, Mariko and I never thought we were making YA books when we started with SKIM. It was our publishers and librarians who connected us with this wonderful audience. Thank-you for that. <3