Jillian Tamaki

Unpublished Illustration

Sep 1st, 2015


Foreign Agents

Jul 17th, 2015


A new illustration for CIO Europe, AD SooJin Buzelli.

Big Thank You

Jul 15th, 2015

Con season isn’t quite over yet–I am still going to Autoptic, IFOA and some Japanese festivals in November, but the bulk of it is over. I’m relieved! In addition to the SMMA book tour, I did MoCCA, LATFOB, TCAF, CAKE, ELCAF, ALA, and SDCC. It was wonderful traveling and meeting lots of people but it’s disconcerting to be away from regular life for so long. And my studio!

So anyway, I did want to hop on here and say thanks everyone who came out to the various cons and said hi and/or bought a book. Thanks to publishers and con organizers, especially the American Library Association. Thanks to friends that let me mooch and Michael DeForge for being a great travel companion!

What follows is a completely random selection of photos from the last few months, out of context.


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


Jun 14th, 2015


I’m going to London! Here is ELCAF INFO!

11:00 am – Signing at D+Q booth (until 12pm)
12:15 pm – Springboard Meeting in SPACE Annexe, 129-131 Mare Street  (sorry, these meetings are all booked up!)
3:30 pm – Signing at D+Q booth (until 4:30 pm)

2:30 pm – Signing at D+Q booth (until 3:30pm)
5:30 pm – JILLIAN TAMAKI PANEL with Paul Gravett at SPACE, 129-131 Mare Street (until 6:30 pm)
6:30 pm – Signing at SPACE (until 7:30 pm)


Some Figure Drawings

Jun 10th, 2015

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CAKE, Chicago

Jun 3rd, 2015


I’m gonna be in CHICAGO this weekend! For CAKE. Here’s the sked:



11:30 am Panel: The Golden Age of Comics, with Dash Shaw and Sam Sharpe. Hoover-Leppen Theatre, 3rd floor

1:00 pm signing (until 2:30pm) – Not sure of the table #, but I believe it’s Quimby’s or the CAKE festival table


SUNDAY, June 7th

3:00 pm signing (until 4:30pm) – Not sure of the table #, but I believe it’s Quimby’s or the CAKE festival table

(Above: an ollddddddd cover for Hemispheres Magazine.)

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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