Jillian Tamaki

THURSDAY! Brooklyn Public Library Event (1/28)

Jan 27th, 2010

It’s 2010.

Jan 6th, 2010

Hi! I hope you had a good holiday. I hope you HAD a holiday. Or at least a few days off from wherever you toil.

What will 2010 bring? 2009 was a little scary, to be honest. Worked dried up for most of the illustrators that I know. I especially noticed a lag in the summer. It seems to have bounced back, but who can tell? Illustration DID die over 60 years ago, so.

-I have a small book coming out this year. It’s true! Indoor Voice will be published by Drawn and Quarterly (dates forthcoming). I consider it a bit of a blog extension or companion to Gilded Lilies (2006). A compilation of things. You will hear more about it later! And yes, I am working on getting a longer, narrative work going. Fingers crossed.

Skim goes on. Foreign translations are forthcoming in Portuguese and Dutch. Nutso…

-Speaking of! Right-wingers officially hate Skim! Read about it here!

-I’m teaching the 2nd semester of the Drawing for Cartoonists class at SVA. I will be switching to the Illustration department in the Fall.

-I am speaking with Gabrielle Bell and Jessica Abel later this month at the Brooklyn Public Library. Just a tiny thing on Brooklyn comickers. Deets: Jan 28, 7pm, Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Dweck Centre (lower level).

Half World, the totally awesome book by Hiromi Goto, will be released April 1 in the US (Viking/Penguin). I did the illustrations for it. The book is already available in Canada.

That’s all I can think of now. Bye!

Best American Comics 2009 Launch

Oct 20th, 2009

featuring series editors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden and contributors Gary Panter, Michael Kupperman, Gabrielle Bell, Jillian Tamaki, David Sandlin, Ben Katchor

Thursday, October 22, 7–9PM
powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street (corner of Water & Main St)
DUMBO, Brooklyn

Come celebrate the release of this essential volume of the year’s best American comics at The powerHouse Arena. Series editors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden will join the authors for a discussion, readings, slide shows, signings and more.

Come say hi!

Skim News

Oct 7th, 2009

(Above: a maquette of blown up thumbnails. This correlates to page 88/89 in the final book. Click to enlarge.)

Skim has been nominated for some Lulu Awards! Skim HERSELF has been nommed as “Best Female Character”!

Kim “Skim” Cameron Trivia: Skim’s last name was originally “Takota”, until we realized her Dad was White and probably wouldn’t have the last name Takota. Which ended up not really being Japanese anyway (we googled and from what we could find, “Takota” is maybe Sioux?). We are bad Japanese people.

Mariko was awarded the Joe Shuster Award a few days ago for Best Writer for Skim and Emiko Superstar. Go coz!

Best American Comics 2009

Sep 20th, 2009

SKIM has been included in this year’s Best American Comics anthology. Thanks Jessica Abel, Matt Madden and guest editor Charles Burns. Wow–a huge honor to be asked to contribute.

More info, including a list of other contributors, is here.

FLARE Magazine

Sep 17th, 2009

Bigtime LOLs, guys. Mariko and I have been named by FLARE Magazine (“Canada’s Fashion Authority”) as one of 30 Noteworthy Women in their special 30th Anniversary issue. I think we *may* have been counted as one woman. Therefore we may technically be 1/2 a noteworthy woman each. Sounds about right.

The list includes Coco Rocha, Ellen Page, and Anna Paquin. Okay!

Artsy Duo: Chances are you have seen the work of Calgary-born Illustrator Jillian Tamaki gracing the pages of the New York Times, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly or the National Post. Most recently, the 29-year-old talent teamed up with her 33-year-old cousin, Toronto writer Mariko Tamaki to create the teen-angst-filled graphic novel SKIM.

Good Genes: Keep an eye out for Mariko’s next masterpiece, tentatively titled Freshman 15.

On Canadian beauty: “We are like a forest dew on a beech-bark canoe,” says Jillian.

On Canadian etiquette: “At times, we’re a rude bunch and many of us need to learn how to use a turn signal but, overall, we’re pretty amazing people,” says Mariko.

In Other News

Sep 14th, 2009

Skim has been translated to JAPANESE. Whoo! As you can see, a lot has changed about the book, including the title. You can order it from amazon.co.jp.

This is really nuts. Two Japanese-Canadian ladies, whose family has been in Canada for over 100 years, release a book about a suburban Japanese-Canadian girl living what I consider a quintessential suburban Canadian life and is now speaking Japanese. The world is very big but also very small.

In other news, I’ve picked up a class at SVA this semester, pinch hitting for an instructor on mat leave (congrats, Lauren!). Sophomore Drawing for Cartoonists. There is still room in the class if you are interested. You will have to contact the dept directly.

(photos courtesy Mariko Tamaki)

Instuds Interview!

Jul 24th, 2009

Had a really fun interview with Robin from Inkstuds yesterday. Topics covered: ethnics, raccoon-dog balls, computers, the aging process. Oh! And Comics!

Thanks Robin!

Listen Here.


Jul 21st, 2009

Unfortunately I will not be at Comic-con this weekend! Boooo. But have a great time if you are! And if you’re a girl, I’ll trust you’ll be spending your time doing better things than merely drooling over Jake Gyllenhhaaaayyll. Wish us luck at the Eisners!

Skim has just been released in the UK. It was recently reviewed in the Irish Times.

Above, a panel from the Japanese ed of Skim. I looked at the proofs today!

Lastly, randomly, Lena Sjöberg’s blog leads me to believe that things are better in Sweden.

The Good and the Bad

Jun 30th, 2009

The Good: Skim has been nommed for a Harvey Award! “Best Original Graphic Album”. Nice!

The Bad: after 4+ years, I will not be doing the weekly quiz at cbc.ca/arts anymore. Welcome to the new economy, kids. I would be remiss to not thank both Greig Dymond and Andre Mayer who gave me the extraordinary opportunity to be a part of the site. They were truly excellent to work with and let me experiment and try new things (to varying levels of success). Clients like that are rare.

Above, the last quiz. Test your Canadian Pop Culture 2009.