Jillian Tamaki
 

Sundays and Cybele

Mar 6th, 2015

 

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Finally got around to taking some pics of the packaging I designed/illustrated for the Criterion release of Sundays and Cybèle.

FCBD 2015

Mar 3rd, 2015

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Ooh, shots of Drawn and Quarterly‘s Free Comic Day offering! Flip cover featuring SuperMutant Magic Academy (out in April!) and Kate Beatons new one, Step Aside, Pops (out in the Fall).

Free Comic Book day is May 2.

Obasan

Feb 27th, 2015

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A cover for Penguin Canada’s new edition of Obasan, about the internment of Japanese-Canadians in WW2. Felt honoured to do this one, not only because it’s a Canadian classic, but also because my own family was interned as well.

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Les Miserables

Feb 19th, 2015

 

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Received some nice mail today: the Les Misérables edition I illustrated for Penguin a little while ago. I was very curious to see how this one turned out. Visualizing it on a screen versus turning it around in your hand is a very different thing! You can view the whole Graphic Deluxe series here.

Thanks to Paul Buckley and Elda Rotor for thinking of me for this one.

Studio Shot

Feb 19th, 2015

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A pic of me in my still-pretty-barren (but somehow messy?!) studio, by my very talented friend, Reynard Li.

Upcoming Book News

Feb 12th, 2015

Whoa, lots of book news lately. HERE IS SOME MORE!

I got a copy of the SuperMutant Magic Academy book today! It’s pretty thick and satisfying to hold. Cool. Drawn and Quarterly wrote a bit about it here and included some interior pics. I will be touring the CRAP out of this book this year. So watch the News/Events space (or my tumblr or twitter) for that forthcoming info.

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ALSO! You have only a few more days to pre-order a Frontier subscription from Youth in Decline. What’s Frontier? It’s a series of cute, 30-page, beautifully-produced books. Each book is the work of a single creator. Mine comes out in April! But first I’ve got to draw it. I’ve done one page thus far. Oops.

Frontier #7: Jillian Tamaki: April 2015
Our first issue of the year features a brand new comic by the extremely talented illustrator and cartoonist, Jillian Tamaki. Her story for Frontier is called “SexCoven” and revolves around cults, file-sharing on the early internet, and sex. The 32 page issue will be Jillian’s longest solo authored comic to date.

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Last week was a big week!

Feb 9th, 2015

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It feels almost unbelievable to write, but This One Summer, which I co-created with my cousin Mariko Tamaki, won a Caldecott honour and a Printz Award.

Thanks to librarians, for these honours and, just, generally. To be perfectly honest, Mariko and I never thought we were making YA books when we started with SKIM. It was our publishers and librarians who connected us with this wonderful audience. Thank-you for that. <3

How Comics Are Made

Jan 5th, 2015

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(a media test)

SuperMutant Magic Academy Book

Dec 10th, 2014

Followers of my webcomic might know there has been talk of a SMMA book for a while. IT IS FORTHCOMING! I can now share the cover with you. Plus some more info! It will contain all of the published strip (minus the really, really terrible ones), plus new material. Spring 2015, from D&Q.

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Dec 1st, 2014
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Admit it, you couldn’t resist either.

This year, both Mariko and I were nominated for Governor General’s Awards for This One Summer. The GGs are a Canadian literary prize with a lot of pomp and, it must be said, a very hefty cheque attached. Mariko had been nominated in 2008, for Skim, in the category of children’s text. There was some consternation at the time, given the inherent absurdity of separating text and image in a comic. And so while it was a happy honour for us to both be nominated in our “respective” categories this year, the issue of cramming comics into an ill-fitting rubric remained.

Nevertheless. Mariko and I had a blast. Last Monday, we flew into Ottawa for the festivities, which consisted of a Parliamentary visit to both the library and question period (I sat across from Stephen Harper and his very blue eyes), a public reading, an official ceremony at Rideau Hall, and some various mix-n-mingle type events featuring high quality finger foods.

I met Shelagh Rogers who, as a former CBC morning show host, has undoubtedly been a companion to much comic-making.

We managed to ferret out a buttertart.

New fun and inspiring friends. Please check out their work: Jordan Tannahill (playright), Michael Harris (journalist), Marianne Dubuc (French-language author/illustrator), Raziel Reid (author), Arleen Paré (poet). Full list of nominees here.

I’ll leave you with my speech, which I gave in Rideau Hall. Thanks, Mariko. Love u, coz <3

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Your Excellencies, fellow laureates, ladies and gentlemen,

Hi.

Thank you so much.

Thank you to the Canada Council, the panelists who selected our book, our publishers Groundwood and First Second Books, Patsy Aldana, Sheila Barry, Mark Seigel and Calista Brill for helping us to shape it, Julia Kelk for driving us around Georgian Bay in a speedboat, the country of Canada for supporting artists, even the crazy ones, and all the zitty teenagers that work in weird corner stores in Muskoka, Ontario.

The most thanks, however, go to my cousin, Mariko Tamaki, whom I wish could join me on this stage right now.

Imagine a page of comics with all the words stripped from the balloons. You could not truly read the comic. Or at least not get the whole story. The same goes for if you erased the images and were left to read floating scraps of dialogue scattered across the page. In this medium, images and words do not support one another; they are intrinsically linked. The wondrousness of comics is the space and play and discord between the two.

Growing up in Calgary, I did not see much of Mariko, as she lived in Toronto and Calgarians don’t have a lot of time for Toronto. Making books with her has been an enlightening lesson in collaboration but also has had the gratifying side-effect of bringing us close as cousins and friends. I share this prize with her in every way.

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Shortly before I fell into the Eternal Flame and was scarred horribly.

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Parliamentary Library.

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With Sheila Barry, Groundwood Books publisher.

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An original edition of Audubon’s Birds. I flipped out at this point in the tour.

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They made us do this, but I think we liked it.

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Arleen’s tabs are on point.

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