Jillian Tamaki wins Governor General Award for This One Summer

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Another win for a graphic novel as Jillian Tamaki won canada’s Governor General Award : for This One Summer in the Children’s Literature Illustrations category. This is a prestigious Canadian literary award, and its the first win for a graphic novel, although cousin Mariko Tamaki was nominated for their previous collaboration, Skim, and Mariko was […]

CAB 2014 in Pictures! With Art Spiegelman, Roz Chast, Raymond Pettibon and a cast of dozens

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The Beat took pictures at CAB 2014! Some of them are Hipstamatic. Live with it. This was a good show, as usual. I came back with a bag full of books and immediately started reading them, one of the virtues of the home show. Although jam packed the show was surmountable, and I thought I […]

INTERVIEW: Mariko and Jillian Tamaki on ‘This One Summer’

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As Summer 2014 starts to break onto the horizon, one of the first big launches of the year sees Mariko and Jillian Tamaki working together for a new graphic novel, This One Summer, published this week through First Second. A story of two girls, Rose and Windy, This One Summer is a tale of growing […]

End Quotes: Jillian Tamaki on today’s illustrators

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After spending a year chairing the Society of Illustrators’ annual illustration show, Jillian Tamaki pens a rah rah intro for the annual, but I think she’s right: 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 […]

Nice Art: Jillian Tamaki’s illustrations for Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas

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The Folio Society is a UK company that specializes in lovingly produced, high end print versions of classic books. They are pricey—current editions are $74.99 each—but lovely objects for the well appointed home. They are also beautifully designed with new illustrations by skilled artists. Jillian Tamaki has a big year coming up with This One […]

Webcomic alert: Half-Life by Jillian Tamaki

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Actually it’s from Nobrow #7, but Jillian Tamaki’s haunting Half-Life can be read in its entirety. I won’t spoil it, but it is reminiscent of a classic 50s SF film…even if it does go in another, surprising direction at the end.

On the Scene: The 2012 Ignatz Awards at SPX

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By Hannah Means-Shannon The Ignatz Awards are known for their quick-fire pace and sense of humor but that doesn’t mean they downplay the often very personal extremes indie comics creators face in pursuit of publication.  Jerzy Drozd acted as MC of the 2012 awards and crammed a lengthy shopping list of emotional highs and lows […]

Weekend reading: SuperMutant Magic Academy

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How on earth have we somehow never noticed Jillian Tamaki’s webcomic SuperMutant Magic Academy? It’s a bit of a dark look at the mutant/magic academy genre. You know, Ronald Searle for the Hunger Games generation.

She’s made a mini-comic with added strips, but it’s already sold out. She assures us more is coming. More had better be.

Nice art: Best American Comics 2011 cover by Jillian Tamaki

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This year’s edition of the compendium is guest-edited by Alison Bechdel, with series editors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden.