Jillian Tamaki
 

ThoughtBubble!

Feb 19th, 2014

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I’m going to talk at you at ThoughtBubble comics fest this year! Leeds, England. November.

Keeping a list of tour things here.

If it’s easier to keep up elsewhere: Tumblr, Twitter

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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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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Baba Yaga

Sep 17th, 2013

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I did a version of Baba Yaga for Fairy Tale Comics, a fun compilation of fairy tales in comics-form for kids. You can read it here.

Thanks!

Sep 15th, 2013

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Hi SPX, thanks for giving SuperMutant Magic Academy another Ignatz brick this year. <3

I will definitely be hitting the cons next year when This One Summer comes out. See you then! ♫ Hustlin’-Hustlin’♪

Graphic Novel Complete!

Jun 23rd, 2013

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Almost exactly 1 year later, I have finished the final art for the new graphic novel, THIS ONE SUMMER, due out in 2014. The entire project was about 3 years of work. Now to do the cover… in some ways the most fun part but also slightly nerve-wracking.

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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MoCCA Deets, MoCCA Schedule

Mar 28th, 2013

MoCCA Fest is only 1 week away. I can tell you my schedule now.

SIGNINGS: I will be signing 2-3, both Saturday and Sunday, at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s table. Apart from the signings, you will be able to buy zines and posters at the Society of Illustrators “Museum Shop”, which I presume will be near the temporary gallery they’re erecting in the Armory.

TALK: On Sunday, April 7, I will be in discussion with Ryan Sands, he of the Thickness anthology and the upcoming Youth In Decline. This will take place in the Programming Room on the Lower Level. Other programming here.

Since these things are always more fun when you have something new to peddle, I made posters and a new MutantMagic zine. The zine (with either TEAL OR PURPLE risographed cover!) is a MoCCA-only exclusive, but you can buy the poster here.

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Things! New Things!

Feb 14th, 2013

There is a lot happening! Here is a rundown.

1. I am now, improbably, the Chair of the annual show at the Society of Illustrators. John Hendrix passed the reins over in a secret ritual somewhere in the bowels of the Society a few weeks ago. [We had a cordial brunch with the past Chairs in the dining room.]

When I first moved to New York, I didn’t go to the Society much. It seemed like a bit of a closed club to me and I don’t think I was the only one who felt that way. This has dramatically changed with Anelle Miller taking over SOI operations. She has revitalized the place and made it welcoming and open to the future of illustration (while still honouring its past); I think the spirit of the Society now matches the beauty of the physical space. Want to learn more about the Society of Illustrators? Here’s a great behind-the-scenes tour. And here’s an audio interview with Anelle Miller and Exhibition Director Kate Feirtag.

2. On a related note, I am a Special Guest at this year’s MoCCAFest! As many of you know, the Society of Illustrators recently acquired the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) collection and will now be the sole operators of MoCCAFest here in NYC. This is good news. The Society is well aware of the, ahem, “issues” the festival has had in recent years and is working very, very hard to rectify them. It’s a big job that’ll take a few years. But to be honest, after seeing what Anelle and Kate have done with the Society (see above), MoCCAFest is in very capable hands. I’m looking forward to seeing you in April!

3. My webcomic, SuperMutant Magic Academy, was nominated for a Slate Cartoonist Studio prize! Thanks Slate, Center for Cartoon Studies, and Françoise Mouly!

4. I am on my friend Lisa Hanawalt’s podcast, BABY GENIUSES! Topics discussed: boobs, marriage, Twitter, and The Beatles. We have fun.

5. Ryan Sands is one of those people who seem like they have access to a time machine because it’s kind of unbelievable how much they accomplish in a day. You may know Ryan from his anthology Thickness or his incredible Same Hat blog. Ryan, brave man, is now venturing into publishing by starting his own imprint, which will be no doubt impeccable. One of his first projects is a quarterly zine series called “Frontier”, for which I had the pleasure of designing the logo, thus employing my Graphic Design degree and languishing copy of Adobe Illustrator:

That’s my news! Current status: optimistic. Lots of good people are doing good things that are making the world a little more fun and beautiful.