Jillian Tamaki


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.]

Status Update

Aug 14th, 2012

Hello, I hope you’re having a nice summer. Here is what’s going on with me:

♪ My webcomic SuperMutant Magic Academy was nominated for an Ignatz award! You can vote for the awards if you attend SPX next month. Unfortunately I won’t be there though. SPX was the *first comic convention I had ever attended as either an visitor or exhibitor* in 2006, so I have a soft spot for it.

♫ I was in London in early June, during the Queen’s Jubilee.

♪ I was in Oslo where I walked in the woods with famous cartoonists.

♪ Continuing with the famous cartoonist theme: ICON conference, Providence, RI.

♫ I have a new piece in the newest Nobrow collection (7). You can buy it here. [If you’re an American, I think you might have to wait a few more days.] Below, the cover (not by me) and my 4 page comic.

♫ ONGOING: I’m plugging away on my giant graphic novel, Awago Beach Babies. Here is a pile of evidence.

♪ Enjoy the dog days ~

Oslo Comics Expo!

May 28th, 2012

Watch out, Eurozone. I’m going to the Oslo Comics Festival with some Drawn + Quarterly folks in early June. The schedule is here; I’ll be on panels on Friday (9PM) and Saturday (1PM and 3PM).

The studio will be closed May 29-June 10.

Art Center Talk

Oct 2nd, 2011

I’m speaking at Art Center this month for the school’s “Illustration Mandatory Meeting”. You are MANDATED to watch me flap my gums, dear illustration students! Unfortunately, I don’t think this is open to the public, but perhaps there are some non-illustration students who would be interested in coming too.

TCAF Schedule

May 2nd, 2011

Hey all,
The studio will be CLOSED May 5-13. Why? Toronto and TCAF! I made this year’s poster! I will be on a panel with Adrian Tomine and Lorenzo Mattotti (!?)! TCAF is always great! Come visit! (Details below.)

Here is my TCAF schedule:


Signing, Beguiling/D+Q Table: 1:30-3:30

A6: Balancing a Canadian Identity w/ Working in the Mainstream
Panelists: Darwyn Cooke, Ray Fawkes, Kathryn and Stuart Immonen, and Jillian Tamaki
Moderated by Robin McConnell
Location: The Pilot
Time: 3:30 – 4:30

What part does being a Canadian play in a comic creator’s storytelling? With many of the largest comics companies being based in the United States, and publishers and an audience that have a US sensibility, how do Canadian creators retain their sense of self while working on licensed properties, or even graphic novels edited and published by people not from the same country that they are? This panel examines the Canadian identity in terms of the mainstream comics market.

7: Doug Wright Award Ceremony… my book Indoor Voice is nominated!


Saturday, May 8

U2: Illustration
Panelists: Lorenzo Mattotti, Jillian Tamaki, Adrian Tomine
Moderated by Caitlin McGurk
Location: The Pilot
Time: 12:30 – 1:30

Many cartoonists also have a career in illustration. Come listen to four prestigious comics artists and illustrators discuss the difference between creating in a narrative form (comics) and a static one (illustration).

Signing, Beguiling/D+Q Table: 1:30-3:30

So please come visit me if you’re in Toronto. Indoor Voice and Skim will be available. All info here.

San Francisco-bound

Mar 6th, 2011

I will be speaking with Sam Weber at the California College of Arts next Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 7–9 pm. The event is open to the public, I’ve been told. All info here.


Nov 9th, 2010

I am back from EuroTour 2010. A few notes.

PARIS. What a town! It’s completely cliché to sing praise about Paris, but hey. Gorgeous and interesting and tasty falafels. What else do you need? Junior high school French immersion kicked in and I felt like a jerk American tourist only some of the time, as opposed to all of the time, as I had feared.

I spent most of the day walking around and being a flâneur (as one does). I forgot my camera battery again, as I did in California and Comic-con, so I suppose 2010 will go down in history as the year I didn’t go anywhere. If you didn’t take a picture of it, did it really happen?

So I mostly just wandered but did decide to brave the crowds on my last day and visit the Louvre. Idea: just cut to the chase and put the Mona Lisa in a special room just off the entrance near the gift shop. In-and-out, one stop shopping! I suppose I’m an elitist for thinking one should go to a museum because you find the objects interesting, not to tick off a Paris Top Ten list. (But I digress… this happens to be one of my biggest pet peeves.) I did a new thing: I happened to have a pen and my daytimer and did some quick drawings of some of the objects. A great way to spend the morning and facilitate awkward, stunted conversations with little French children. The results are in this post.

Dutch cartooning is alive and kicking! The guys at Lambiek bookstore in Amsterdam were proud to show us their favourite comic artists such as Gummbah, Brecht Evens, Herr Steele/Kamagurka (Cowboy Henk), and a comic that I can’t remember the title of but had a picture of a guy with a giant penis on it. The Dutch! Anyway, did you know that Holland is the only country with an official government appointed ambassador of comics? His name is Gertjan Pos we drank jenever with him.

In the Netherlands and Belgium, we met a lot of people and signed a lot of books. “We” meaning me, my cousin Mariko, and Nate Powell, whose book Swallow Me Whole was also published in Dutch. Nate is a fabulous person and I was so glad to have met him. We were all over the place, including the famous Lambiek bookstore in Amsterdam (awesome), the Willem de Kooning Academie (where I met a fellow Albertan! Hi Erica!), and the Kunststripbeurs comic fair in Utrecht, where I met Joost Swarte, which was thrilling. I was pleased to meet Ward Zwart who came from Antwerp. I’m a fan.

So thank-you to everyone who came and visited us! And thanks to our publisher, Sherpa, for the translation.


Oct 27th, 2010

The Studio is closed! I return Nov 9.

Details of Dutch Book Tour here.

Some other parting news notes:

-SKIM is on the long list for Canada Reads Novel of the Decade! Wow. Voting is open to ANYONE. Vote here!

-I’m in good company for Robin McConnell’s INKSTUDS book, which is comprised of interview transcripts from his excellent podcasts. I am always cutting Robin off in our interviews. Because I am rude. AND I LOVE COMICS!

-This is a freaking amazing magazine cover.

(Cats above are for MORE Magazine. AD Claudia Ameida.)

Skim in DUTCH!

Oct 21st, 2010

Skim will soon be available in another language. So far we’re up to French, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch… Italian and Portuguese are to come! The publisher is of the Dutch editionSherpa and they’ll be be shuttling us around Holland and Belgium in a little under two weeks!

Here is a list of events:

Tues, Nov 2
5: Presentation and Press Release, Lambiek (Amsterdam, Holland)

Wed, Nov 3
Lecture/Workshop, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam. (closed to public.)
4-6: Signing, Stripwinkel SJORS bookshop (Dordrecht, Holland)

Thurs, Nov 4
3-5.30: Signing, De Stripkever (Mechelen, Belgium)

Fri, Nov 5
12-2: Signing, Het B-Gevaar (Brussels, Belgium)
4-6: Signing, Het Besloten Land (Leuven, Belgium)

Sat, Nov 6
11-4: Launch and Signings, Stripkunstbeurs/Comic Art Show (Utrecht, Brussels)

(If you’re an illustrator and have no interest in comics at all, please also come say hi! I will not pressure sell to you!)


Oct 5th, 2010

Things are busy around here. But I have some NEWS.

#1: HOLLAND! BELGIUM! Mariko and I will be launching the Dutch translation in Europe in November! I will give more details as all is finalized. Lots of thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for providing us with funding. It’s amazing that such an institution exists to help the Arts thrive in Canada… we Canadians are very lucky.

#2: I’m in Giant Robot this month. I haven’t even seen it yet! Normally I would jaunt over to GRNY in the East Village, but alas, the place was recently closed down. Fun fact: I was in GRNY’s 2nd show in 2005, mere months after I moved to NY.

#3: I’m going to be at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival on December 4. It promises to be bigger, better, and there MAY BE T-SHIRTS done by yours truly? Stay tuned.