Jillian Tamaki
 

London!

Jun 14th, 2015

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I’m going to London! Here is ELCAF INFO!

SAT, JUNE 20
11:00 am – Signing at D+Q booth (until 12pm)
12:15 pm – Springboard Meeting in SPACE Annexe, 129-131 Mare Street  (sorry, these meetings are all booked up!)
3:30 pm – Signing at D+Q booth (until 4:30 pm)

SUN, JUN 21
2:30 pm – Signing at D+Q booth (until 3:30pm)
5:30 pm – JILLIAN TAMAKI PANEL with Paul Gravett at SPACE, 129-131 Mare Street (until 6:30 pm)
6:30 pm – Signing at SPACE (until 7:30 pm)

 

DQ25

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?

Worm Comic

May 16th, 2015

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Thanks!

May 13th, 2015

Hi all, not a lot to report but I did want to say THANKS for coming out to the bookstore tour events and TCAF. It was great meeting and/or catching up with you guys! It’s nice to meet the mysterious “readers” we’re always talking about. And to put an IRL face to an Twitter handle!

SuperMutant Magic Academy is #10 on the NYT Bestsellers List this week! This is cool! My mom is impressed!

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What’s next? CAKE (Chicago), ELCAF (London, England), ALA (SF), San Diego Comic-Con, and Autoptic. I post all the specifics on my website. And, like, all my other places online. I dunno. You know how to use the internet.

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Photo by IG user @leographs

 

MoCCA 2015

Apr 6th, 2015

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Hi, I will be at MoCCA in NY this weekend. SuperMutant Magic Academy will not be available! It’s not out yet! SexCoven, pictured above, will be available! If you want a copy of this lil book, order here.

MoCCA SIGNING TIMES

SAT, April 11:

12-1, Youth in Decline table (319B)

2-3, First Second table

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SUN April 12:

1-2, Youth in Decline table (319B)

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Oooh!

Mar 30th, 2015

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A Skim tattoo! On IG user @_leelai <3

ELCAF

Mar 23rd, 2015

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The poster for the East London Comics and Arts Fest hath been revealed. It’s bonkers! I’m gonna be there!

Other tour dates and summer events are here!

FCBD 2015

Mar 3rd, 2015

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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.

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