Jillian Tamaki

Hi There

May 24th, 2016

I HAVE BEEN BAD AT UPDATING THIS! I keep it around because I do not trust the permanence of social media platforms. But until then, if you’d like more regular updates, please follow twitter and instagram.

In the meantime, some highlights:

-my run of short comics over at Hazlitt is complete! The archive is here.

-I made a shirt for Youth in Decline with Mickey Z. Here it is, modeled by professional models Ryan and Michael. You can buy it here.




-Here is another thing you can buy! A limited edition print I made for Gosh! Comics in London. I rarely sell prints!



Hope you are having a nice Spring.





Brooklyn + Tokyo

Oct 30th, 2015

HEY! I am going to be at Comic Arts Brooklyn on Nov 7. Signing at the Youth in Decline table at 2, and the Desert Island table at 3. Hopefully see you there!

Later in November, I will be at Kaigai and Design Festa in Tokyo, Japan. Details TBD. I post updated itineraries on this page of my website and blow-by-blow action on Twitter.

SDCC 2015

Jul 2nd, 2015


I’m happy to report that I will be at San Diego Comic-Con this year, reprising my role as as your favourite Disney Princess! So excited to see all my Princess sisters!



Signing: 3:00pm – 5:00pm, D&Q Booth #1629

Panel: Capturing Teen Angst in Comics, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Room 8

These four cartoonists have written about a universal, dark side of adolescence: teen angst. On this panel, Peter Bagge, Gilbert Hernandez, Jillian Tamaki, and Raina Telgemeier talk about how they channel teenaged frustrations and apathy in their comics – what this does to their characters, to their storyline, and to their page layouts.



Panel: 21st Century Creators, 10:00am – 11:00am, Room 28DE

Description: The 21st century has proven to be a time of great change for the book industry. With huge shifts in technology and the e-book industry transforming print media, we speak to four cartoonists who began working after the year 2000 about the challenges and successes they’ve had working in a digital world. Michael DeForge (Ant Colony, First Year Healthy), Benjamin Marra (Night Business, The Terror Assaulter), Anders Nilsen (Big Questions, Poetry is Useless), and Jillian Tamaki (SuperMutant Magic Academy, This One Summer) will also speak to how their comics work has developed as online communities have grown and shifted.

Signing: 11:00am – 12:00pmD&Q Booth #1629

Panel: Spotlight on Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Room 29AB

Description: With their collaboration on graphic novels Skim and This One Summer, and their independent works Indoor Voice, Supermutant Magic Academy, Sex Coven (Jillian Tamaki), and Emiko Superstar, (You) Set Me on Fire, Saving Montgomery Sole (Mariko Tamaki), cousins Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki are creating inventive, innovative stories that thought-provoking and emotionally moving.  Join them for a discussion of their creative process, as well as their upcoming and most recent works.  

Signing: 5:30pm – 6:30pm, (with Mariko Tamaki) First Second Booth



Panel: Working Together: Writers and Artists, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Room 28DE

Description: Not every project can be handled by one person; and while working with a partner can offer great rewards, the path might not always be an easy one to navigate. Moderator James Robinson (Earth 2) discusses the duality of working with a partner, with panelists Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet), Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl), Steve Lieber (artist, Whiteout, Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Asaf Hanuka (The Divine), and Boaz Lavie (The Divine).

Signing: 1:30pm – 2:30pmD&Q Booth Signing #1629

Signing: 4:30 – 5:30pm, (with Mariko Tamaki) First Second Booth



Panel: The Girls Are Alright! 10:00am – 11:00am, Room 30CDE

Description: Female comic creators for kids and young adults are burning up the bestseller lists and winning awards. Listen in on this dynamic group of award-winning creators as they discuss the challenges and thrills of creating diverse heroines that appeal to a new generation of readers and hook them for a lifelong love of comics. Q&A and drawing to follow. Panelists including Jennifer Holm (Babymouse, Sunny Side Up), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Sisters), Cece Bell (El Deafo), Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Jillian Tamaki(This One Summer), Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck).  Moderated by Eva Volin (Good Comics for Kids at School Library Journal).

Signing: 11:00am – 12:00pm, D&Q Booth #1629

Some Figure Drawings

Jun 10th, 2015

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May 30th, 2015

A very generous feature in the current issue of Quill and Quire. Photo by Matthew Tammaro.

PS. I have taken a hit out on u

Original Art at San Diego Comic-Con

Jul 23rd, 2014


Yep! The Beguiling, Canada’s the world’s favourite comic shop, is now handling the sale of selected pieces of This One Summer original art. From the press release:

The Beguiling will be debuting more than two-dozen gorgeous pages from This One Summer as part of its offerings at Comic-Con 2014 at booth #1629, a small corner of publisher Drawn & Quarterly’s booth, from Thursday July 24 through Sunday July 27 (no preview night this year).

More info here. All unsold pieces will appear in their online store. If you are not going to SDCC and would like to inquire, email mail@beguiling.com.

More photos of original art here were previously posted here.

SVA class of 2014

Apr 30th, 2014

Today was the last day of class. Boo… also, yay. Always a lot of feeeeelings at this time of year. I like to share a few notable images at the end this last semester. Hire these kids!

Camille Chan:



Kjersti Faret:




Hyein Jeon:


Colleen Tighe:




Amanda Scurti:


Tim Reed:


Kirstie Belle Diongzon:


Grace Kanazawa:

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Aatmaja Pandya (future comics superstar):



Taylor Cabaniss:




Courtney Menard:



Apr 3rd, 2014


My friend Christine Zounek died last week. I drew Christine for my Trash the Block essay for PRINT magazine, where I included a bit about the Soup Kitchen where we both volunteered. (Christine was there at the Soup Kitchen’s inception about 6 years ago and was Head Chef.) She loved this picture I’d drawn of her, especially the patch of light on her butt, which I had done for no significant reason but she thought looked like she’d wiped flour on her pants.

Our friend Emily Gould wrote the following tribute to Christine which encapsulates who she was: a larger-than-life personality and one of the truly good people in this world.


After my friend Christine’s dad died, she gave everyone who worked with her at the soup kitchen a plastic bag filled with birdseed. The bags had a little tag on them with a picture of cardinals and a note about how her dad loved feeding birds, so we should feed them in his memory. I had never met her dad and I only knew Christine from the hours we spent together every Wednesday afternoon cooking alongside a lot of other volunteers, but it was also impossible to be anywhere near her and not know her. She let everyone in to her world, which was fascinating, larger than life. She had been so many places and known so many interesting people. All the New York things I’d read novels about, Christine had experienced, and she also knew the people who wrote those novels. Now she worked as an art restorer and spent a lot of time cooking and dishing out food in a soup kitchen in Greenpoint.

I didn’t have a backyard or birdfeeder, so I just put the seed out on my windowsill. Birds came and ate it, which seemed slightly miraculous. How did they know to come? After the bag ran out, I bought more. More than a year later, I still put some out every morning. Mostly mourning doves come, but occasionally also juncos and finches.

Christine took her own life last Friday — I’m now hearing she had a bad chemical reaction to newly prescribed antidepressants, which makes the senselessness of her death extra horrible. It seems impossible. She was so much more alive than most people.

This morning I heard the unmistakable metallic chirp of a cardinal and went to watch him eat the seed. He sang as he ate, loud and full of life, with his majestic crest flaring in the early sunlight. Christine, I thought.

I know the idea that someone who has died comes and visits you in some reassuring form is silly, childish wishful thinking. I believe that at the same time that I believe that Christine’s spirit is in the world still, in birds and cats and people, in everything that sings loudly and proudly and is absolutely always purely itself.

Chair’s Message

Feb 20th, 2014

My year of chairing the Society of Illustrator’s annual show is over. Below is the blurb which will be published in the annual book. It’s a rah-rah speech, which I thought was appropriate to share today, when the Student Competition results were announced. The portrait below is by Kris Mukai.


I don’t think you’re allowed to declare a “Golden Age” while you’re living in it. But isn’t it fair to say that this is a particularly fruitful moment in illustration? Far from being the final deathblow, The Digital Revolution has reinvigorated our industry with new energy and enthusiasm thanks largely to the generation who grew up online.

Context used to define what illustration was. Then the pirate ship that is the Internet stripped illustration of that context, and to some degree, the client, which made us very unhappy and afraid. More fundamentally, this reversal also untethered our notions of what illustration should look like, where it should live, and what it should do. As a result, the community, which is now thriving online, is deeper and more diverse than it has ever been.

Young illustrators, seemingly unfazed by the fact illustration was declared dead 60 years ago, are getting on with the business of making stuff. Not only individual images, but also showcases for those images: anthologies, collaborations, galleries, self-published books, games, visual essays, products sold directly to fans. (Illustrators have fans now.) How thrilling to see illustration cross-pollinating with journalism, comics, design, art, animation, and other disciplines that barely have names yet. Conventional clients have taken note. Why wouldn’t they? It’s good work.

The best young artists are seeking to define their careers on their own terms. I see this in my students at the School of Visual Arts. For better or worse, they are not content to be someone’s hired hands. They desire to be professionals, yes, but not to create work that only “solves the problem”–it must be meaningful on a deeper level too. It must have soul. When I was a student, I was happy just to render fruit in markers, if that’s what was what my teachers requested.

I’m pleased to see so many new names in this year’s annual. Their work sits comfortably amongst that of seasoned professionals. And while I think there is still more work to be done, the Society of Illustrator’s mission of celebrating illustration and its evolving manifestations seems on track. Congrats to the selected winners of this year’s annual, particularly those new to the Society. Let’s push each other higher and harder and see where we go next.

Thank you again to the jurors of this year’s show, Chris Buzelli and John Hendrix for their help and guidance, Vivienne Flesher and Chelsea Cardinal for their work on the poster, Director Anelle Miller and her staff. Lastly, thank you to Kate Feirtag, my right-hand lady, for her patience, preparedness, and dedication to The Society.

Sketchbook: Cat Cult

Jan 14th, 2014