I have been aware of Jillian Tamaki only since reading Skim, and I sure am glad that I investigated her further! Skim, written by her cousin Mariko Tamaki, is a beautiful and complex book about the ambiguities of adolescent identity and relationship (and a work I intend to discuss further at another date), but that's not all she's got up her sleeve. Among many other projects, Jillian Tamaki also regularly puts out a webcomic with the awesome title of SuperMutant Magic Academy, and it's my new favorite.
|An early strip featuring big heads and magic beans.1|
|(As yet) unrequited love3.|
Self-serving reasons aside, this is a great comic, and I'm already looking forward to the next strip.
Durham County Library patrons may find Skim among the Young Adult Graphic Novel shelves under F TAMAKI, or they can place a hold on it and her other works here. If SuperMutant Magic Academy ever makes its way to a collected edition, I will be sure to lobby for the library to purchase it! Jillian Tamaki's portfolio, with links to her publications and sketchblog, is located at jilliantamaki.com.
UPDATE: The Comics Journal likes it too! And so does Io9!
Top image: http://mutantmagic.com/post/17556939831/logo-no-go, © Jillian Tamaki
1. Image source: http://mutantmagic.com/post/2325132475/jake-williams, © Jillian Tamaki
2. Image source: http://mutantmagic.com/post/11383329257/get-up, © Jillian Tamaki