Jillian Tamaki

Queen Steph

Jun 3rd, 2015


Queen Steph, cave-dweller, conjurer of balanced vegetarian meals, non-participant in capitalist economic systems


Jun 2nd, 2015


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The Drawn & Quarterly 25th anniversary book is out today! It’s massive and ostentatious. Girthy. A true coffeetable book–I’ve been revisiting it over and over again since I got a copy at TCAF and am still finding new things in it.

I’m really honoured to be this thing–it’s filled with lots of friends and heroes. I started making comics in 2003 when I moved to Edmonton, Alberta. It was my first time living alone, doing Real Adult Things. Plus, Edmonton is a fucking weird town. I wanted to say something about it! Comics seemed like a “doable” format for that.

Around the same time, Mariko and I had started on the first version of Skim, a small floppy. The task of doing a narrative comic seemed much more complicated than the arty-farty stream-of-consciousness things I had been doing on my own, so I figured I needed to some research. Namely, to read a lot of comics. So I trooped down to the library near Bonnie Doon Mall to check out the graphic novels. Many of the books I gravitated to were D+Q books:  I Never Liked You by Chester Brown, Paul Goes Fishing and Paul Has a Summer Job by Michel Ragabliati, New York Diary by Julie Doucet. I had been vaguely aware of “non-superhero” comics thanks to friends in college reading Dan Clowes, Adrian Tomine, and Bipolar by Tomer and Asaf Hanuka, but only when I started studying those books from the library did I realize there was a place for realism in comics.

(I also read some bad graphic novels, generally not Drawn & Quarterly books, that convinced me that if that pap deserved to be a book, I could make one too.)

Anyway. DQ25. I contributed a 8 page comic called @trubunny, which is about a D&Q intern who escapes her tedious job at an oppressive publishing house to a life of fame of fortune. BUT AT WHAT COST?

Saturday Afternoon Collage

May 30th, 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

Worm Comic

May 16th, 2015

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Buttertart Map

May 13th, 2015

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Posting this here mostly for posterity’s sake. The TCAF Toronto Buttertart Map! You can view/download the high-res version here.

You can follow Michael’s capsule reviews, which shall culminate with his serving as tasting judge at the Midland Buttertart Festival next month, on Instagram.


May 13th, 2015

Hi all, not a lot to report but I did want to say THANKS for coming out to the bookstore tour events and TCAF. It was great meeting and/or catching up with you guys! It’s nice to meet the mysterious “readers” we’re always talking about. And to put an IRL face to an Twitter handle!

SuperMutant Magic Academy is #10 on the NYT Bestsellers List this week! This is cool! My mom is impressed!

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What’s next? CAKE (Chicago), ELCAF (London, England), ALA (SF), San Diego Comic-Con, and Autoptic. I post all the specifics on my website. And, like, all my other places online. I dunno. You know how to use the internet.


Photo by IG user @leographs


Toronto, Portland, NYC Events

Apr 27th, 2015


SuperMutant Magic Academy is out this week! Thanks for everyone who came to the LA launch. It was nice seeing you. Here’s the sked for the next few weeks:

TORONTO, April 27: In conversation with Anna Fitzpatrick. 6:30PM, Revival Bar 783 College Street. Facebook invite here.

PORTLAND, May 1: 7:30PM, Powell’s City of Books on Burnside 1005 W Burnside

May 2: Free Comic Book Day and signing. 2-3PM, Floating World, 400 NW Couch St. Info here.

NEW YORK, May 5: In conversation with Estelle Tang. 7PM, Housing Works, 126 Crosby Street. Info here.


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!


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.


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.


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

MoCCA 2015

Apr 6th, 2015


Hi, I will be at MoCCA in NY this weekend. SuperMutant Magic Academy will not be available! It’s not out yet! SexCoven, pictured above, will be available! If you want a copy of this lil book, order here.


SAT, April 11:

12-1, Youth in Decline table (319B)

2-3, First Second table


SUN April 12:

1-2, Youth in Decline table (319B)