Jillian Tamaki

International Festival of Authors

Sep 28th, 2015

Toronto! I will be participating in the International Festival of Authors next month! One of the things will be a panel with Adrian Tomine! The other panel sounds like it also might be interesting?:

Saturday, October 24th at 1pm2.15pm: Round Table Discussion with Tim Conley; Jillian Tamaki and Sarah Winman. The event will be hosted and moderated by Brian Francis.

The discussion will deal with how the truth can come out of exaggeration and higher-super realities through different forms of writing. An hour and fifteen minutes event including a Q&A and signing.

Here is the IFOA info.



Oct 13th, 2014



Lately I have been very bad at keeping my various online sites up-to-date with news and events and whatnot. Going to rectify that now, succinctly.

– Unfortunately I will not be at ThoughtBubble festival this year, as originally planned. I’m sorry!

This One Summer was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, a Canadian literary prize. We have been split up into “text and illustration” categories again, which caused some consternation the last time with Skim. I am honoured to be nominated, nevertheless. Fun fact: 3 of the 4 nominated illustrators are ACAD grads.

– The Adventure Time episode that I boarded with Jesse Moynihan, Astral Plane, was teased at NYCC! Not sure when it airs.

– I dropped off some leftover SuperMutant Magic Academy minis to The Beguiling and Desert Island. The book, which will collect and conclude the strip, is still slated for a Spring 2015 release. :-)


Sep 8th, 2014


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.

LA Signing

Jun 8th, 2014


Los Angeles triple power-signing with Jesse Moynihan (Adventure Time, Big Thinker, my AdventureTime co-boarding partner) and Seo Kim (Adventure Time, Renowned Comic and Cat Person)!

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.


Apr 15th, 2014


Are you in Houston? I’ll be in Houston. April 26th, for Teen Book Con. Panel/signing schedule here. Unfortunately, due to some dubious planning, This One Summer will NOT be available for purchase (pub date is May 5), although we will have some to give away/show. Other books will be available.

Complete, updated list of all book tour events––SF, Berkeley, Toronto, NYC, DC––is here. [Ignore the entry for April 25th. I don’t know what’s up with that and I hope it eventually just goes away.]


Jul 11th, 2013

I am cross-posting to Tumblr now. Hopefully it’s easier for a lot of you guys to follow if that’s your platform of choice.



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.




Some new things

Apr 17th, 2013

-Leftover SuperMutant Magic Academy minis are now available in select shops:  The Beguiling (Toronto), Secret Headquarters (LA), Librairie Drawn + Quarterly (Montreal), GOSH! Comics (London, UK), and Desert Island (Brooklyn).

-An interview about comics at Sequential Highway.

-From NYT’s “Townies” blog: a woman’s remembrance of weekend shopping trips with her father to New York City’s Chinatown. AD Alexandra Zsigmond.

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.