1. stuffbrawl said: Did you ever get negative comments about your artwork? If so, how did you grow a thicker skin?

    I don’t have a thick skin.


  2. tentativelytitled said: Hi Jillian, One of the things I admire the most about your work (specifically comic work) is how you arrange textures,line drawings, tonal work and black spotting together so well. In comics, it's very rare to see someone pull off all those things together on one one page and you do it beautifully. So my question is, if it isn't too much, how do you approach a page with such a range of options to choose from and make it not look chaotic?Does it come naturally? Or do you have to fight with it?


    The long, unsatisfying answer is, of course, draw lots of lots of comic pages then eventually some of them stop looking like poop.

    Shorter answers include:

    - always thumbnail (if it doesn’t work as a thumbnail, it won’t work at full-size, blah, blah, blah)

    - thumbnail as a spread, if it’s a book

    - view the page and spread as a whole, not just individual panels

    -here is the tonal study assignment that I link to every few years. Markers are currently not in vogue, but I do think they can be helpful if you’re trying to learn to use tone more effectively. Hope it’s helpful for some of you.

    Also, some people asked about the size of the This One Summer original art I posted a few days ago. The paper you see is 11x17, generally. It’s at about 115% of the final print size.


  3. Sketchbook


  4. Sketchbook: collage


  5. I had to take some photos of some This One Summer original pages so I thought I’d share them here.

    A little status update on the book: the book is available in FrenchItalian, and, soon, Spanish! And you can read the New York Times review here.

    Thanks again so much to everyone who has come out to our events, including the recent signing in LA. It means a lot. <3

    (You can click on the images for a slightly enlarged view)


  6. Sketchbook: Homesick Alien


  7. Did you know I have a webcomic? mutantmagic.com


    From the Vault: End of the Day

    Starting work on putting together the SuperMutant Magic Academy compilation book for D&Q. Aiee. 


  8. I went to watch lisa hanawalt ride horses last week and started following some horse instagrams.


  9. Two good, recently-spotted t-shirts


  10. 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)!


  11. kurtankeny said: I can't wait to read This One Summer, but until I can go buy it, I've been rereading Skim over and over. One thing that strikes me as I look at the art is that it looks as if you consciously chose to emulate the Japanese style of holding the brush vertically and just using the tip to draw very fluidly. You obviously have vast brush skills, so I was just wondering if this was how you worked on this particular project. You really have one of the most beautiful lines in illustration/comics today.


    Comics are too labour intensive to work in any put-on way, in my humble opinion. This style is really comfortable and direct and fast and– particular to the needs of this project – effective at capturing the level of realism I wanted in order to tell the story.

    Japanese brushwork is not a conscience influence on me, but I take that as a compliment as maybe it means I am using the brush effectively. I would say there is as much Archie comics in my visual DNA as there is Miyazaki. Probably more, as I did not grow up reading manga or watching anime, apart from a little Sailor Moon. My main influences in college were George Grosz and Tomer Hanuka (of course).

    I hate answering the “influences” question and I just realized you weren’t really asking it in the first place. Oh well! Who knows where we pick up all this stuff anyway.


  12. 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?


  13. Hi all,

    Thanks to all that have been coming out to the book launch events. It’s been kind of a grind, but meeting and talking to you guys really does make it all worth it. We have TWO more events:

    Tonight, 5/16, Word Bookstore, Greenpoint Brooklyn, 7PM

    Saturday, 5/17, Politics + Prose Bookstore, Washington DC, 7PM


    In process … Jillian Tamaki signs THIS ONE SUMMER!


  14. Hi from Toronto. Here’s my TCAF schedule:


    Saturday, May 10 

    12.15: Panel: Michael DeForge n’ Friends
    The Marriott 400 (Forest Hills Room)

    1.30-2.30: Spotlight Panel: Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
    The Marriott 400 (Forest Hills Room)

    (Signing after panel, Groundwood Books table, Toronto Reference Library)


    Sunday, May 11

    2.30: Signing, Groundwood Books table,
    Toronto Reference Library

    7: This One Summer book launch,
    Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St)


  15. newyorker:

    An excerpt from Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s forthcoming graphic novel “This One Summer”: http://nyr.kr/1iM6s3m

    (Source: newyorker.com)