Jillian Tamaki

Taco Redaction

Aug 2nd, 2010

I was highly impressed by the quality of food all over California, actually. Highlights? Anchor Oyster Bar in SF, Oomasa in LA, Taqueria De Amigos (located in a GAS STATION) in Pescadero, and Pancho Villa in SF.

Hate mail? Love mail? Email! jill (AT) jilliantamaki (DOT) com

SDCC 2010 Con Report

Jul 30th, 2010

So I’m just getting back into the swing of things after our epic California trip. Here is a con report!

(You can also read it LARGER.)

There are a few other things to mention:

1. I rebuilt my portfolio site. www.jilliantamaki.com was hacked very badly and removing the hack proved more irritating than scrapping the thing and starting anew. I pared it down and added annotations to some of the pieces. I’ll be polishing it up over the next few weeks, but I really, really needed The Internet to stop thinking I was running some kind of sex-aid pharmacy. Although I AM Canadian…

2. I am part of a new anthology: Marvel Strange Tales II. Yes, I am now a Marvel Artist. How effing cool is THAT?! I made a short comic about Dazzler. So much fun. Can’t wait to share more of this project.

3. Indoor Voice. Did I mention that I already? Well, I added some pictures!

Links to some of the pertinent people in the above comic:
Peter Birkemoe (The Beguiling)
Chris Butcher
James Sturm
Gabrielle Bell
Vanessa Davis, whose book “Make Me A Woman” is terrific
Trevor Alixopulos
Mimi Pond
Angie Wang
Hellen Jo
Sam Weber, of course
Heidi MacDonald
Hope Larson
Bryan Lee O’Malley
Eric Nakamura, of Giant Robot

COMIC-CON, ICON, California here I come

Jul 12th, 2010

I will be out of the studio July 14-25. In California!

July 14-18: ICON6. I will be the one riding the taco trucks Teen-Wolf style around Los Angeles.

July 22-24: COMIC-CON. This is my first SDCC and I am a featured guest AND my little petit-livre Indoor Voice will debut there! Holy Crow. Here is my schedule, as it stands now… all signings will be conducted out of the D&Q booth, #1529. Please come to see me!

3-4: Signing, D&Q booth, #1529 [I am praying to the comic gods I will be there on time…. flying in from SF but a few hours before]

2–3: Graphic Novels: The Personal Touch—You know when you read it: that certain something that sticks out in a graphic novel. It’s the personal touch, a work that draws on the life of the creator or the people around him or her. Call the work autobiographical, call it reality—many times it results in truly personal and inspiring comics. Comics creator and journalist Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic, Skin Horse) talks to Comic-Con special guests Gabrielle Bell (Cecil & Jordan in New York), Howard Cruse (Stuck Rubber Baby), Vanessa Davis (Make Me a Woman), Larry Marder (Beanworld), Jillian Tamaki (Skim), and Carol Tyler (You’ll Never Know Book 1: A Good and Decent Man) about their very personal work. Room 4

3-5: Signing, D&Q booth, #1529

11–12: Spotlight on Jillian Tamaki—Comic-Con special guest Jillian Tamaki has taken both the illustration and comics worlds by storm. Her graphic novel Skim, was a New York Times Best Book of the Year, and also was nominated for a Governor General Award. Her drawings can be found in the NYT, Oprah, New Yorker, and Esquire. Tamaki will discuss the process of Skim, collaborating with a writer and the difference between comics and illustration. Room 3

12-3: Signing, D&Q booth, #1529

Smoke Signal #4 + Other Stuff

Mar 9th, 2010

Hi All,

Dirty Mike has been published in Desert Island’s Smoke Signal zine. Thanks, Gabe!

It’s available in-store (540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn) and online.


♪ I will be at San Diego Comic-con.

♪ I will be on a panel at MoCCA.

♪ Skim will appear in my foreign translations! Edicoes SM (Brazil) will publish the book in Portugese and Uitgeverij Sherpa (Holland) will translate to Dutch. NICE!

♪ I’m attending this year’s ICON event in Los Angeles, where I will eat many, many burritos.

Witchy Woman

Feb 7th, 2010

This lady is loosely based on an Icelandic saga we learned about in a very terrifying wax museum in Reykjavik.

Is there anything more intoxicating than the concept of a witch? (FYI: in the original saga, I believe the woman, Freydís Eiríksdóttir, was NOT a witch.) In retrospect, people who were deemed witches were probably just women who were a bit eccentric or had no interest in living with men and their rules. Which to many men, even today, is very irritating indeed.

Who’s Back

Jun 28th, 2009

Sooo, a lot of stuff happened while I was away? Poor MJ. We were “SHAMON!!”ing all weekend.

First off, thanks to the Illustration Academy for inviting me and Sam down to Sarasota. We always enjoy ourselves immensely.

Second, Skim has won an another award! The Canadian Booksellers “Libris” prize, for Book Design of the Year. Thanks to Michael Solomon at Groundwood, who made the design happen on the book. Readers of the North American version will have hopefully notice some of the easter eggs in the design (hint: take off the dust jacket).

Here’s Farrah for good measure:

Away to Florida

Jun 17th, 2009

A programming note:

I will be going away to Florida tomorrow and won’t be back for a week and a bit. The reason? A self-imposed comics seclusion (with a little break to impart some “knowledge” at the Illustration Academy).

I might type stuff from down there. We’ll see what the situation is. Hopefully I will have lots to share when I get back?

Bulldogs, Barcelona

Jun 3rd, 2009

Euro Style

Jun 2nd, 2009


Jun 2nd, 2009

We are back from Skim Tour España 2009.

Thank-you to Ediciones La Cúpula, our Spanish publisher, for doing a great job on the production and promotion of the book. I assure you, Barcelona citizens will be quite sick of us in the next month or so when our newspaper interviews/tv/radio spots come out, such was the blitz. A super special thank-you to Montserrat Terrones, who very graciously toured us around the city. I shall miss the coffee but not the omnipresent cigarette smoke.

The Salón del Cómic de Barcelona was good but very different from North American comics festivals (at least the ones that I’ve been to). I was surprised to see alternative comics freely mixing with erotica, manga (LOTS of manga), cosplayers, and children’s fare. And videogames and fantasy stuff and knick-knacks. And drinking.

I met lots of nice people, including some fellow illustrators! I will say, however, that I was not terribly happy about some of the signing culture over there. I got the feeling there was a bit of a sense of entitlement amongst some of the fair attendees… that simply because you are sitting there with a pen you can be asked to draw pictures in sketchbooks and loose paper. Many of the people who asked for drawings didn’t even know who I was. I am more than happy to spend some time creating a nice picture in a book or for an illustration fan that comes and visits me, but a random person who wants a “free drawing”? Very irritating.

Anyhow, enough griping. Back to work!