Jillian Tamaki
 

LA!

Apr 15th, 2015

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I’m gonna be in LA this week and next!

This weekend: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books!

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I will be on a panel with Mariko Tamaki and others:

Saturday, April 18, 10:30am – 11:30am
Location: Seeley G. Mudd 123
Young Adult Graphic Novels: World in A Frame

Moderator: Martha Brockenbrough
Hope Larson, Noelle Stevenson, Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki

Ticket required. Info here.

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LA Times Festival of Books signing:

Saturday, April 18, 4:00 – 4:30pm
Location: Once Upon a Time Booth / 732

Please note! I believe only This One Summer will be available at this event.

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Then, on Friday, April 24th, a SuperMutant Magic Academy launch event at Skylight Books in Los Feliz. There will be a presentation (that I still have to make?!) and a Q&A. We will laugh.

Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:30pm
1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Last week was a big week!

Feb 9th, 2015

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It feels almost unbelievable to write, but This One Summer, which I co-created with my cousin Mariko Tamaki, won a Caldecott honour and a Printz Award.

Thanks to librarians, for these honours and, just, generally. To be perfectly honest, Mariko and I never thought we were making YA books when we started with SKIM. It was our publishers and librarians who connected us with this wonderful audience. Thank-you for that. <3

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Dec 1st, 2014
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Admit it, you couldn’t resist either.

This year, both Mariko and I were nominated for Governor General’s Awards for This One Summer. The GGs are a Canadian literary prize with a lot of pomp and, it must be said, a very hefty cheque attached. Mariko had been nominated in 2008, for Skim, in the category of children’s text. There was some consternation at the time, given the inherent absurdity of separating text and image in a comic. And so while it was a happy honour for us to both be nominated in our “respective” categories this year, the issue of cramming comics into an ill-fitting rubric remained.

Nevertheless. Mariko and I had a blast. Last Monday, we flew into Ottawa for the festivities, which consisted of a Parliamentary visit to both the library and question period (I sat across from Stephen Harper and his very blue eyes), a public reading, an official ceremony at Rideau Hall, and some various mix-n-mingle type events featuring high quality finger foods.

I met Shelagh Rogers who, as a former CBC morning show host, has undoubtedly been a companion to much comic-making.

We managed to ferret out a buttertart.

New fun and inspiring friends. Please check out their work: Jordan Tannahill (playright), Michael Harris (journalist), Marianne Dubuc (French-language author/illustrator), Raziel Reid (author), Arleen Paré (poet). Full list of nominees here.

I’ll leave you with my speech, which I gave in Rideau Hall. Thanks, Mariko. Love u, coz <3

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Your Excellencies, fellow laureates, ladies and gentlemen,

Hi.

Thank you so much.

Thank you to the Canada Council, the panelists who selected our book, our publishers Groundwood and First Second Books, Patsy Aldana, Sheila Barry, Mark Seigel and Calista Brill for helping us to shape it, Julia Kelk for driving us around Georgian Bay in a speedboat, the country of Canada for supporting artists, even the crazy ones, and all the zitty teenagers that work in weird corner stores in Muskoka, Ontario.

The most thanks, however, go to my cousin, Mariko Tamaki, whom I wish could join me on this stage right now.

Imagine a page of comics with all the words stripped from the balloons. You could not truly read the comic. Or at least not get the whole story. The same goes for if you erased the images and were left to read floating scraps of dialogue scattered across the page. In this medium, images and words do not support one another; they are intrinsically linked. The wondrousness of comics is the space and play and discord between the two.

Growing up in Calgary, I did not see much of Mariko, as she lived in Toronto and Calgarians don’t have a lot of time for Toronto. Making books with her has been an enlightening lesson in collaboration but also has had the gratifying side-effect of bringing us close as cousins and friends. I share this prize with her in every way.

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Shortly before I fell into the Eternal Flame and was scarred horribly.

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Parliamentary Library.

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With Sheila Barry, Groundwood Books publisher.

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An original edition of Audubon’s Birds. I flipped out at this point in the tour.

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They made us do this, but I think we liked it.

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Arleen’s tabs are on point.

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***NEWS UPDATE***

Oct 13th, 2014

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**NEWS UPDATE**

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. 🙂

LA Signing

Jun 8th, 2014

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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)!

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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

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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