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Sketchbook: Homesick Alien

Jul 7th, 2014

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LA Signing

Jun 8th, 2014

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Los Angeles triple power-signing with Jesse Moynihan (Adventure Time, Big Thinker, my AdventureTime co-boarding partner) and Seo Kim (Adventure Time, Renowned Comic and Cat Person)!

Thanks

May 23rd, 2014

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Hi guys,

Just wanted to pop on here and say thank-you for coming out to our tour events over the last few weeks. And for your support of our book. This is This One Summer’s 2nd week on the New York Times Bestsellers list.

Above: an alternate cover design. Too 80s?

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:

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Kjersti Faret:

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Hyein Jeon:

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Colleen Tighe:

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Amanda Scurti:

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Tim Reed:

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Kirstie Belle Diongzon:

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Grace Kanazawa:

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Aatmaja Pandya (future comics superstar):

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Taylor Cabaniss:

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Courtney Menard:

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This One Summer Tour

Apr 28th, 2014

Let’s take a journey:

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Mariko Tamaki and I will be in San Francisco and environs for the west coast launch of This One Summer next week! Here are the deets. (Note: there will be a LA launch in June.)

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San Francisco: Book Launch!
Mission: Comics (3520 20th Street, SF)
Tues, May 6, 6:00PM
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Petaluma: Signing
Copperfield’s (140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma)
Wed, May 7, 3:30PM
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Berkeley: Talk/Signing
Berkeley Public Library Talk, organized by Mrs. Dalloway’s
[NEW LOCATION] South Branch, Berkeley Public Library (1901 Russell St)
Wed, May 7, 6:30 PM

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After California, we will be going to Toronto. In addition to the This One Summer launch and events, my/our other books will be available for sale at the Conundrum Press table and the Drawn + Quarterly table. Here are our event details for TCAF.

Saturday May 10th
Panel: Michael DeForge & Friends
Michael DeForge, Jillian Tamaki, Patrick Kyle, Moderator Ryan Sands
Location: The Marriott 400, 12:15pm-1:15pm

Spotlight: Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
Location: The Marriott 400, 1:30pm-2:30pm

[signing to be added, maybe]

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Sunday May 11th
Signing: Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki Book Signing
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Groundwood Books Table
2:30PM

This One Summer Book Launch
Come join us for a chill wind-down event. A quick Q&A with Hannah Sung, signing, DRINKS.
Location: Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St), Doors 7PM

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After TCAF, we will be doing some events in NYC and DC.

May 15
NYC: This One Summer Book Launch: Talk, Q&A, signing
Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd St)
6:30PM
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May 16
Brooklyn, NY: Talk, Q&A, signing
WORD Brooklyn (126 Franklin Ave, Greenpoint)
7:00PM
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May 17
Washington DC: Book Launch
Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave NW)7:00PM
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Then I go home and never leave my house again.

TRAVEL!

Apr 15th, 2014

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Are you in Houston? I’ll be in Houston. April 26th, for Teen Book Con. Panel/signing schedule here. Unfortunately, due to some dubious planning, This One Summer will NOT be available for purchase (pub date is May 5), although we will have some to give away/show. Other books will be available.

Complete, updated list of all book tour events––SF, Berkeley, Toronto, NYC, DC––is here. [Ignore the entry for April 25th. I don’t know what’s up with that and I hope it eventually just goes away.]

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas

Apr 11th, 2014

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Selected images from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas, by Jules Verne. Published by the Folio Society. You can buy it here.

One of the best part of being an illustrator, in my humble opinion, is reading books that you might not have otherwise. Given the modern-day representations, I think I was expecting some sort of pulpy adventure story (quite an anachronistic notion, given the book was written in 1869). In reality, it’s a scientific travelogue: very thoroughly observed and researched. There are also some very beautiful descriptions of foreign lands that, when you think about it, are no closer to most of us now than they were in 1869.

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Other Folio Society books I have illustrated:

Goblin Market and Selected Poems – Christina Rosetti

Irish Myths and Legends – Lady Gregory

Fame

Apr 8th, 2014

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So I was on Colbert yesterday… um… sort of.

From the NYT. And thx, Erin McGuire for the eagle eye!

Birdseed

Apr 3rd, 2014

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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.

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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.

Ingrid and Jake

Mar 30th, 2014

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