Jillian Tamaki

International Festival of Authors

Sep 28th, 2015

Toronto! I will be participating in the International Festival of Authors next month! One of the things will be a panel with Adrian Tomine! The other panel sounds like it also might be interesting?:

Saturday, October 24th at 1pm2.15pm: Round Table Discussion with Tim Conley; Jillian Tamaki and Sarah Winman. The event will be hosted and moderated by Brian Francis.

The discussion will deal with how the truth can come out of exaggeration and higher-super realities through different forms of writing. An hour and fifteen minutes event including a Q&A and signing.

Here is the IFOA info.



Jun 2nd, 2015


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The Drawn & Quarterly 25th anniversary book is out today! It’s massive and ostentatious. Girthy. A true coffeetable book–I’ve been revisiting it over and over again since I got a copy at TCAF and am still finding new things in it.

I’m really honoured to be this thing–it’s filled with lots of friends and heroes. I started making comics in 2003 when I moved to Edmonton, Alberta. It was my first time living alone, doing Real Adult Things. Plus, Edmonton is a fucking weird town. I wanted to say something about it! Comics seemed like a “doable” format for that.

Around the same time, Mariko and I had started on the first version of Skim, a small floppy. The task of doing a narrative comic seemed much more complicated than the arty-farty stream-of-consciousness things I had been doing on my own, so I figured I needed to some research. Namely, to read a lot of comics. So I trooped down to the library near Bonnie Doon Mall to check out the graphic novels. Many of the books I gravitated to were D+Q books:  I Never Liked You by Chester Brown, Paul Goes Fishing and Paul Has a Summer Job by Michel Ragabliati, New York Diary by Julie Doucet. I had been vaguely aware of “non-superhero” comics thanks to friends in college reading Dan Clowes, Adrian Tomine, and Bipolar by Tomer and Asaf Hanuka, but only when I started studying those books from the library did I realize there was a place for realism in comics.

(I also read some bad graphic novels, generally not Drawn & Quarterly books, that convinced me that if that pap deserved to be a book, I could make one too.)

Anyway. DQ25. I contributed a 8 page comic called @trubunny, which is about a D&Q intern who escapes her tedious job at an oppressive publishing house to a life of fame of fortune. BUT AT WHAT COST?


Mar 11th, 2015


I AM GOING TO A BILLION PLACES THIS SUMMER! Maybe one of them is near you! Here is a list of places I will be at, either on my official SuperMutant Magic Academy Book Tour or as guests of festivals.

APRIL 11-12, 2015: MOCCA Fest, NYC, NY
I will be debuting SexCoven at MoCCA this year!
(Please note! SuperMutant Magic Academy will not be available at this event.)

APRIL 18-19, 2015: LA Times Festival of Books, OS ANGELES, CA
(Please note! SuperMutant Magic Academy will not be available at this event.)

APRIL 24, 2015: Book Tour! LOS ANGELES, CA
7:30, Skylight Books

APRIL 28, 2015: Book Tour! TORONTO, ON
7PM, Revival w/Beguiling Books and Art, 783 College Street

MAY 1, 2015: Book Tour! PORTLAND, OR
7:30PM, Powell’s City of Books

MAY 5, 2015: Book Tour! NYC, NY
7PM: Housing Works Bookstore, with WORD

MAY 9-10, 2015: TCAF, TORONTO, ON



JUNE 25-30, 2015: ALA Annual Conference: SF, CA (For Librarians and educators.)

JULY 24-27, 2015:


FCBD 2015

Mar 3rd, 2015


Ooh, shots of Drawn and Quarterly‘s Free Comic Day offering! Flip cover featuring SuperMutant Magic Academy (out in April!) and Kate Beatons new one, Step Aside, Pops (out in the Fall).

Free Comic Book day is May 2.


Feb 27th, 2015


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.

AD Lisa Jager



Les Miserables

Feb 19th, 2015






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.

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.


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.


Last week was a big week!

Feb 9th, 2015


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


May 23rd, 2014


Hi guys,

Just wanted to pop on here and say thank-you for coming out to our tour events over the last few weeks. And for your support of our book. This is This One Summer’s 2nd week on the New York Times Bestsellers list.

Above: an alternate cover design. Too 80s?

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.