SuperMutant Magic Academy
Drawn and Quarterly, Spring 2015
Softcover, 224 pages
Inquiries: julia @ drawnandquarterly.com
Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy. Whether the magic is mundane or miraculous, Tamaki’s jokes are precise and devastating.
SuperMutant Magic Academy has won two Ignatz Awards. This volume combines the most popular content from the webcomic with an all-new, never-before-seen “Afterschool Special” that concludes Tamaki’s account of life at the academy.
2016 Eisner Winner / 2015 PW Best Books List / 2015 YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens (shortlist) / 2015 Slate Best Comics / 2016 Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize / 2015 NPR’s 2015 Great Reads / 2015 Quill and Quire Books of the Year / Ignatz Award (nominated)
“Tamaki is playful and loose with her art, unafraid to be experimental as she draws us into a world where true feelings are the greatest danger.”
–Publisher’s Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“Though Tamaki’s black and white panels shift from detailed and realistic to dreamy and atmospheric and back again, she consistently and expertly captures subtle emotion and subtext with only a few strokes of the pen. [SuperMutant Magic Academy is] simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious.”
–Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“Tamaki’s sense of comedy and pacing owes a lot to Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts,” although her subject matter is decidedly less innocent. And she delights in breaking her own rules: Her artwork is black-and-white except when she throws in impish splashes of color, drawn with broad, rough brush strokes except when it’s composed of felt-tip scribbles or shimmering digital gray.”
–New York Times Book Review