Jillian Tamaki

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.

Ergo: Quilt Type Experiment

Jun 18th, 2011

Miss Hawthorne’s Crime

Mar 28th, 2010

Toronto International Film Festival

Sep 4th, 2008

For CBC’s TIFF Blog.

Leg Alphabet

Jan 18th, 2008


Jan 14th, 2008

I really love maps. I think they’re such an engaging way of conveying information. I occasionally do illustrated maps, though I’m by no means a virtuoso mapmaker. I’m currently working on one for National Geographic Adventure magazine and stumbled upon this amazing site called Strange Maps, which catalogues maps of all different kinds including:

The Illustrated

The Satirical (“How Japan Sees America” map)

and The Fantastic (“The Land of Oz”… shaped like Kansas)

Below are a few of my illustrated maps.

More Stupidity

Nov 27th, 2007

Still stuck in Union Square. But this time with a tie-in: if you are a Parsons Illustration student, apparently you can come to a talk that Sam Weber, Ted McGrath, and I am giving tomorrow (Wed) at George Bates’ class. Info here.

Stupidity with Typography

Nov 26th, 2007

Union Square thoughts. I really hate to be NY-centric, but I don’t have thoughts or opinions about anything universal… just annoyances with the local.

Master of None

Nov 15th, 2007