Jillian Tamaki
 

SuperMutant Magic Academy Book

Dec 10th, 2014

Followers of my webcomic might know there has been talk of a SMMA book for a while. IT IS FORTHCOMING! I can now share the cover with you. Plus some more info! It will contain all of the published strip (minus the really, really terrible ones), plus new material. Spring 2015, from D&Q.

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Nov 19th, 2014

Whoa, I won a Governor General’s Award! Of course, to say I won it is a little silly… This One Summer is a collaboration with my cousin Mariko and we share the prize together.

Here’s a video of me trying to sound smart. I get to go to Ottawa next week! Will I see Stephen Harper?! Stay tuned!

Also! Check out the other nominees: Julie Morstad, Renata Liwska, Qin Leng, and Mary Louise Gay. Some of them are friends and I’m proud to be such company.

SPX INFO

Sep 8th, 2014



SPX INFO.

Above, a selection of some of the wares I’ll be peddling at table #J5, which I’m sharing with Youth In Decline‘s Ryan Sands and Jane Cho. Random bibs and bobs, plus a NEW SMMA MINI (aka the LAST SMMA MINI ever).

This One Summer will be available at the First Second table. It’s nominated for an Ignatz too! I’ll be signing on at First Second on Sunday 2-3. Or whenever you catch me at #J5.

I’m on one panel. Sunday, 12:30, White Flint Auditorium.

Stories of Girlhood: What is the difference between writing about girlhood and writing for young girls? What can we generalize about the experience of girlhood in Western culture? And how do we express that in words and images? Moderator Ellen Lindner (The Black Feather Falls) will consider these questions and more with artists Jillian Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer), Aisha Franz (Earthling), and Melissa Mendes (Freddy Stories, Lou).

More Programming info here.

This One Summer original art

Jul 7th, 2014

I had to take some photos of some This One Summer original pages so I thought I’d share them here.

A little status update on the book: the book is available in French, Italian, and, soon, Spanish! And you can read the New York Times review here.

Thanks again so much to everyone who has come out to our events, including the recent signing in LA. It means a lot. <3

(You can click on the images for a slightly enlarged view)

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Thanks

May 23rd, 2014

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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 Tour

Apr 28th, 2014

Let’s take a journey:

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Mariko Tamaki and I will be in San Francisco and environs for the west coast launch of This One Summer next week! Here are the deets. (Note: there will be a LA launch in June.)

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San Francisco: Book Launch!
Mission: Comics (3520 20th Street, SF)
Tues, May 6, 6:00PM
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Petaluma: Signing
Copperfield’s (140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma)
Wed, May 7, 3:30PM
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Berkeley: Talk/Signing
Berkeley Public Library Talk, organized by Mrs. Dalloway’s
[NEW LOCATION] South Branch, Berkeley Public Library (1901 Russell St)
Wed, May 7, 6:30 PM

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After California, we will be going to Toronto. In addition to the This One Summer launch and events, my/our other books will be available for sale at the Conundrum Press table and the Drawn + Quarterly table. Here are our event details for TCAF.

Saturday May 10th
Panel: Michael DeForge & Friends
Michael DeForge, Jillian Tamaki, Patrick Kyle, Moderator Ryan Sands
Location: The Marriott 400, 12:15pm-1:15pm

Spotlight: Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
Location: The Marriott 400, 1:30pm-2:30pm

[signing to be added, maybe]

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Sunday May 11th
Signing: Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki Book Signing
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Groundwood Books Table
2:30PM

This One Summer Book Launch
Come join us for a chill wind-down event. A quick Q&A with Hannah Sung, signing, DRINKS.
Location: Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St), Doors 7PM

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After TCAF, we will be doing some events in NYC and DC.

May 15
NYC: This One Summer Book Launch: Talk, Q&A, signing
Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd St)
6:30PM
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May 16
Brooklyn, NY: Talk, Q&A, signing
WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Ave, Greenpoint)
7:00PM
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May 17
Washington DC: Book Launch
Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave NW)7:00PM
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Then I go home and never leave my house again.

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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