jillian-tamaki

I am a cartoonist and illustrator. I grew up in Calgary, Alberta and currently live in Toronto, Ontario.

My cousin Mariko Tamaki and I are the co-creators of the graphic novels SKIM and This One Summer, which won a Caldecott Honor in 2015. I’m the author of SuperMutant Magic Academy, a book which collected my webcomic of the same name.

I’ve been a professional illustrator since 2003, when I graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design. I do lots of different stuff: magazine and newspaper illustration, book covers, posters, packaging, even a few storyboards for the TV show Adventure Time.

I’ve also taught illustration at the School of Visual Arts and Parsons in New York.

 

photo credit: Reynard Li

Selected Awards

Governor General’s Award (2014) / Caldecott Honour (2015) / Printz Award (2015) / Society of Illustrators Gold Medal /  Eisner Award / NYTimes Best Illustrated Children’s Books / Society of Publication Designers/ Best American Comics / American Illustration / Doug Wright Award / Ignatz Award / Advertising + Design Club of Canada / National Magazine Award

Partial Client List

The New York Times / The New Yorker / National Geographic / Penguin Books / Cartoon Network / The Folio Society / Marvel / Drawn & Quarterly / WIRED / Washington Post / House of Anansi / Chronicle Books/ New York Magazine / Psyop / MTA / Esquire / Christian Science Monitor / The Guardian / The Independent UK / CBC / Bloomberg Businessweek / The Atlantic / Tor.com / Maclean’s / VSA Partners / Abrams Books / The Walrus / ESPN Magazine / Nickelodeon / Plansponsor / Morgan Stanley