Jillian Tamaki

This One Summer Tour

Apr 28th, 2014

Let’s take a journey:


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.)

San Francisco: Book Launch!
Mission: Comics (3520 20th Street, SF)
Tues, May 6, 6:00PM
Petaluma: Signing
Copperfield’s (140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma)
Wed, May 7, 3:30PM
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


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]


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

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


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)
May 16
Brooklyn, NY: Talk, Q&A, signing
WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Ave, Greenpoint)
May 17
Washington DC: Book Launch
Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave NW)7:00PM

Then I go home and never leave my house again.

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.



Society of Illustrators Talk

Feb 1st, 2012

Hey! Lisa Hanawalt, Eleanor Davis and I are talking about stuff (stuff TBA) at the Society of Illustrators this month. All info here and below:

Work Plus Play: Jillian Tamaki, Lisa Hanawalt and Eleanor Davis
Society of Illustrators, NYC
February 23, 2012 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 Non-members, $10 members, $7 students. Purchase tickets here.

Jillian Tamaki, Lisa Hanawalt, and Eleanor Davis are three artists who produce work in the illustration and comics field. Come for a short presentation of their work, stay for the delightful Q&A to follow.

Lisa Hanawalt has created comics and illustrations for the New York Times, The Believer, Chronicle Books, and VICE Magazine. Her comics series, I Want You, is a feast of gross-out humor, surreal violence, and adorable animals. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Eleanor Davis is an accomplished graphic novelist, creating work for both adults and children. Her work has appeared in Fantagraphics’ MOME anthology and The Best American Comics 2009. Eleanor’s delicate yet powerful watercolors can be seen in many diverse venues, from the NYTimes Op-Ed page to gallery walls to animated commercials. She lives in Athens, Georgia.

Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator, cartoonist, textile artist, and SVA instructor. She has 3 books of comics, including SKIM (co-created with Mariko Tamaki), which was listed as one of Publishers Weekly best books of 2008. She has won 3 gold medals from the Society of Illustrators. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Society of Illustrators News

Jan 23rd, 2012

I won two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators this year, in the Book and Institutional categories. HOORAY! This means you can see the original embroidery for Black Beauty (and The Secret Garden) at the show, which runs Jan 25- Feb 18. The opening is Feb 3.

The second gold medal is for this Croquet Poster, which was commissioned by Cramer-Krasselt to benefit the Penfield Children’s Center in Milwaukee. This image will be included in the Institutional/Advertising show, February 23, 2012 – March 17, 2012. Thank you, Society and jury!

Killed Sketches, BCGF

Dec 1st, 2011

Here is a sketch that no one was ever meant to see. it’s from a job that got killed. Boo-hoo, would have been fun. Oh well.

I will be signing at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival this weekend. Drawn + Quarterly table, 3-4. I am always happy to sign older books if you like, since if you’re reading this right now it’s likely you’ll have already bought my D+Q petit-livre.

The Suggested Substitution

Nov 18th, 2011

I think most working illustrators will find the finessed language in this letter, from Nelson A. Rockefeller to Diego Rivera, very familiar.

Dear Mr. Rivera:

When I was in the No. 1 building at Rockefeller Center yesterday viewing the progress of your thrilling mural I noticed that in the most recent portion of the painting you included a portrait of Lenin. The piece is beautifully painted but it seems to me that his portrait appearing in this public mural might very easily seriously offend a great many people. If it were in a private house it would be one thing, but this mural is in a public building and the situation is therefore quite different. As must as I dislike to do so, I am afraid I must ask you to substitute the face of some unknown man where Lenin’s face now appears.

You know how enthusiastic I am about the work which you have been doing and that to date we have in no way restricted you in either subject or treatment. I am sure you will understand our feeling in this situation and we will greatly appreciate your making the suggested substitution.

Nelson A. Rockefeller

Chills! Oh well, what do you expect, I suppose. The mural was destroyed (the painting above is a recreation at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City). You can read more about that particular dispute here. You can view the actual letter, which I transcribed, at the Diego Rivera exhibit now on view at the MoMA.

Important Announcement from Justin

Sep 16th, 2011

… did that get your attention?

Anyway, I’m putting in a short appearance at the Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend, signing Indoor Voice at the Drawn + Quarterly booth #27-28, Sunday 1-2pm.

Brooklyn Book Fest
Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn

Would knowing there’ll probably be food trucks there persuade you? I HOPE SO!

St. Patrick’s Day, NYC

Mar 17th, 2011

This man won the St. Patrick’s Day dress-up challenge, in my book.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


Dec 3rd, 2010

This is the first picture I drew on my NEW CINTIQ! I don’t plan on stopping drawing with actual ink, but I’m more than happy to not have to scan in sketches upon sketches anymore. They’re so much more beautiful with a pencil, true, but no more functional. PLUS, there may be a new graphic novel project on the horizon….

I’m at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival today (Saturday). I’m signing 6-8 at the D&Q table (#42).

But if you see anything at BCGF, go see LYNDA BARRY, who is giving a talk at 1. I saw her this week at the 92 St Y and was thrilled.

Fashion, Baby

Sep 5th, 2010

For Oprah Magazine.
AD Jaspal Riyait.

A few programming notes:

♬ I was recently interviewed for Canadian Art magazine on the topic of comics. Nice little intro piece that presents the possibilities of the medium. Canadian Art is a great magazine, by the way. ‘Had a subscription for many years.

♪ Next weekend I will be at the Brooklyn Book Festival, signing Indoor Voice ( D&Q booth 1.30-3.30PM) and participating on a panel. So if you’re in NYC and not at SPX, come say hi.

Comics and Form: Is the Medium Still the Message? Do comics change when they are released from their traditional print medium? And how? Creators, publishers and developers will combine to discuss the expanding boundaries of the comics format. Robert Berry (Ulysses Seen), Ben Katchor (Julius Knipl: Real Estate Photographer), Jillian Tamaki (Skim). Moderated by Columbia University librarian Karen Green. 4:00, NORTH STAGE.

Festival Address:

♫ School is starting soon! I’m teaching Sophomore Drawing for Illustrators at SVA this year. Sharpen those pencils!