Jillian Tamaki

Nov 24th, 2015


I wrote a little essay-comic-thing (?) for The Walrus magazine. You can read it in its entirety here. Below are some excerpts.

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Early Stories: Darla!

Oct 30th, 2015

Hello, I have a new series of stories on Hazlitt called Early Stories. You can read the first one, Darla!, now. Kinda SFW?

Check out their other short comics too.

Putt Comic

Sep 1st, 2015

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Jun 14th, 2015


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

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)

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)



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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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.


Photo by IG user @leographs


MoCCA 2015

Apr 6th, 2015


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.


SAT, April 11:

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

2-3, First Second table


SUN April 12:

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



Mar 30th, 2015


A Skim tattoo! On IG user @_leelai <3


Mar 23rd, 2015


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!