Jillian Tamaki
 

This One Summer: the book

Feb 13th, 2014

It’s a very snowy day in much of the USA; I thought I’d share some snaps of our very summery story with you. Bathing suits! Jumping in the lake! Bonfires on the beach!

This One Summer goes on sale in May. We’ll be launching it in Toronto at TCAF. I’ve posted a very rough schedule of events here.

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Another 20,000 Leagues teaser

Jan 16th, 2014

My interpretation of the most famous (although, in reality, curiously minor) scene from Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under The Seas, available this Spring from the Folio Society.

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Folio Society

Jan 3rd, 2014

I illustrated another Folio Society book coming out in this spring… I wonder what it is…

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Life Cycles

Nov 15th, 2013

Got the color proofs in for THIS ONE SUMMER today… in glorious PANTONE! So luxurious.

I finished the art in July and the book is coming out in May. But things are busy again as production wraps up and the promo begins. Things that have been going on, starting with the glamorous:

-picking paper stock and pantone colour

-finishing up the back, spine, flap designs. I have been a pain-in-the-butt about these elements because I’m such a control freak (sorry, dear publisher!)

-planning our launch events at TCAF 2014

Now, the unglamorous:

-the necessary-evil of blurb-gathering, bio-writing (various versions, long and short), synopsis-generating (again, long-and-short versions)

-assembling a list of people who need to get review copies

-figuring out how many events we can cram into next year, ie. as many as possible, but not so many that we will actually physically perish

-a litany of other promotional strategies that is being handled by more capable people than myself

What I’m saying is that at some point a book ceases being one thing and becomes something else. First the book is a bundle of story, characters, themes that you massage for a few years. Then it kind of shifts and becomes a physical object, which needs a cover and paper and glue to hold it together. Then it transitions again to being a product. Products need marketing and promotion. All these various “life cycles” require a lot of care and attention to detail and I think shortchanging any individual stage (creation, production, marketing) can really fail the book as a whole. Fingers crossed!

Cover Reveal!

Oct 22nd, 2013

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THIS ONE SUMMER! Cover revealed!

Happy to share the cover of our next graphic novel, out of the spring. My cousin Mariko Tamaki and I discuss it on the LA Times blog.

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Figurehead

Jul 18th, 2013

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Unused bookcover illustration.

SuperMutant Magic Academy Book

May 12th, 2013

Drawn and Quarterly made it official this weekend at TCAF: there is going to be a SuperMutant Magic Academy book! Spring 2015. NICE!

The book will compile 3+ years of existing comics (read them here) and include new material.

 

 

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Thousand Cranes

Mar 2nd, 2013

I’ve been waiting to post this image for a while, but the pub date got delayed. ‘Glad I finally get to share it. It’s a cover for Yasunari Kawabata’s novella “Thousand Cranes”, which explores a love triangle set against the tradition of tea ceremonies. Oddly enough, I got this job shortly after I made this image about Mishima’s “Confessions of a Mask”, another postwar Japanese novel. They’re such bleak and beautiful books. Also check out “Woman In The Dunes”.

You can see the whole series, and how the covers fit together, on designer John Gall’s website.

NOBROW 7

May 21st, 2012

I’m happy to announce that I have a short comic in the upcoming issue of NOBROW magazine. The theme of the anthology is “Brave New World”. If you’re not hip to Nobrow already, check them out. They make some truly stunning books.

Nobrow 7: Brave New World is available for pre-order TODAY.

Most Awesome

Jan 10th, 2012

A couple of days ago I got an email from a librarian in New Jersey named Julie. Julie had some good news! The library’s Teen Gay Straight Book Club (Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch, by the way) had voted SKIM as “Most Awesome Book” in a recent awards ceremony and could she send me and Mariko certificates?

Um. YES!!

I received the lovely package yesterday. I don’t think anything else this week will top it. Thanks Ocean County library! Thank-you, book club teens! And thank-you Julie and all the librarians. Yours is important work and we authors love you.