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13 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Jillian Tamaki. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Jillian Tamaki, often where they are interviewed.

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13 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Jillian Tamaki. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Jillian Tamaki, often where they are interviewed.

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Jillian Tamaki (@dirtbagg) shares MY BEST FRIEND, written by Julie Fogliano. Jillian won a Caldecott honor for her art in THIS ONE SUMMER, a graphic novel written by Mariko Tamaki, her cousin. She later turned a lot of heads in a picture book she wrote and illustrated called THEY SAY BLUE. But in choosing to make the art for MY BEST FRIEND, Jillian shares that there was one line in the manuscript that definitely sealed the deal. In this story of best friends at first sight, one child narrates an encounter she has with another on the playground. The text is playful and light, but carries a weight of sincerity undeniable in childhood friendships. What Jillian brought to the story through her expressive art brings a sense of whimsy and play, and reiterates the feeling of the whole world slipping away when it’s just you and your best friend.

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Apr 17 2020 · 32mins
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Episode 10: This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

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In episode ten of Literary Canon Ball we discuss the graphic novel This One Summer.

Rosie and her parents return to Awago Beach, the small town where they have spent their summers since Rosie was a little girl. There, Rosie will reunite with her younger friend Windy and fall into the familiar patterns of beach and bikes and lazy afternoons. At least, that’s what Rosie thinks will happen. 

Teetering on the brink of adolescence but not quite sure enough to ditch childhood forever, Rosie finds herself swept into a web of marital problems and teenage pregnancy and horror movies.

A classic coming of age story, This One Summer, written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, was published in 2014 and received a swag of awards, including the Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Novel, the Printz Honour for outstanding young adult literature and the Caldecott Honour for exceptional picture book art.

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Show Notes

Mariko and Jillian Tamaki on their Multiple Award-Winning This One Summer

Drawn to the Shore

This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki: Review

‘This One Summer’ Wins Eisner for Best Graphic Novel

Minnesota school's ban on graphic novel draws free-speech protests

‘This One Summer’ most frequently challenged title in US libraries in 2016



The Incredible Jessica James via Netflix

Rom Com Twitter thread

One Day at a Time via Netflix

One Day at a Time Twitter thread

Black Panther


'Woman of Substances: A Journey into Addiction and Treatment' by Jenny Valentish

Queer Eye via Netflix


The Butterfly Effect Podcast

Deadly Manners Radio Drama

'Adult Fantasy' by Briohny Doyle

Feb 28 2018 · 59mins
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Episode #81-JILLIAN TAMAKI & Morgan Food Reviews!

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Illustration, Professional Practices, the Hazards of Perfectionism and MORE with “Skim” & “This One Summer" co-author Jillian Tamaki.

Check out her new book “Boundless” with Drawn & Quarterly.

BONUS: series regular Morgan brings us some new & interesting foods to try. 

Sep 22 2017 · 1hr 1min
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Episode 80: Manuele Fior, Jillian Tamaki, and Jonathan Coulton/Matt Fraction

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We review The Interview by Manuele Fior, Boundless by Jillian Tamaki, and Solid State, written by Matt Fraction based on a concept album by Jonathan Coulton.

Aug 31 2017 · 33mins
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186 – This One Summer by Mariko & Jillian Tamaki

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Hey Handsomites! Eric and Robbie are talking about This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki this week! They talk about it getting banned, Jillian’s spectacular art, and how it covers adolescence! They also review Luke Cage #1, Generation X #1 and Batman #23!

Weekly Floppies

  • World Reader #2
  • Street Fighter vs Darkstalkers #1
  • Yokai Watch #1
  • Generation X #1
  • Luke Cage #1
  • Batman #23

Nerd Boy Book Club

  • This One Summer by Mariko & Jillian Tamaki

In two weeks in Nerd Boy Book Club – Teen Titans: The Judas Contract by Marv Wolfman and George Perez

The post 186 – This One Summer by Mariko & Jillian Tamaki appeared first on Handsome Boys Comics Hour.

May 23 2017 · 1hr 21mins
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This One Summer – Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki

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When summer finally arrives in Canada, people walk around cities and towns in a daze. It’s as if we’ve all woken up on another planet and are trying to remember long-forgotten survival skills. Once the shock wears off, people flood onto patios and into parks to pay homage to the sun and to melt the winter’s chill from our bones.

Some very lucky families are able to escape smoggy cities and towns by going up to summer cottages by lakes and rivers. Weekends (or weeks) are spent swimming in the fresh water, basking in the sun rays, making bonfires, and playing Scrabble whenever it rains.

Our twenty-eighth reader selected the graphic novel This One Summer (2014) by Canadian authors and illustrators Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. Using beautiful illustrations and natural dialogue, the Tamakis depict a preteen’s negotiations between childhood and adolescence during a summer trip to the cottage with her parents. The protagonist’s struggle with identity is paired with spy-like observation of local teenagers, and the discomfort of witnessing dysfunction in her parents’ relationship.

The appeal of this text to our reader was its skillful representation of that awkward period between childhood and adolescence, and the preteen struggle with identity and belonging. We spoke poolside on an exceptionally hot day in July about the novel’s artwork, graphic novels in general, the Tamakis’ adept depiction of silence as well as speech, and our own memories of preteen-dom.

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Jul 25 2016 ·
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Featuring Jillian Tamaki

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The curse of absolute freedom, Toronto vs. New York, and not relying on your parents for financial advice.

Feb 15 2016 · 51mins
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Eps. 2: "This One Summer" by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

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In episode 2, Jon, Jeff, Angela, and Kathleen read "This One Summer" by super Canadian comicker cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki.
Dec 01 2015 · 31mins
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Episode 077: Jillian Tamaki

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In amongst the throngs of costumed chaos that the Jacob K Javits Center
on the Saturday of New York Comic Con weekend, we find a reasonably
quiet corner to sit down and discuss life and art with Jillian Tamaki —
“reasonably,” of course, being a nice way of designated that rare spot
where one can talk without shouting. Maybe there’s some metaphor
to be explored there about finding oneself in amongst the pop culture
sound and fury that is the contemporary comics scene. And Tamaki has
certainly carved out a place for herself, rising to prominence in the
indie comics and YA scenes with Skim, a collaboration with her cousin,
writer Mariko, that landed the duo on all manner of year-end best of
lists.  The two Tamakis joined forces again for 2014’s This One
Summer, a teenage coming of age story that has once again landed the
cousins in critics’ good graces. We had about 40 minutes before Tamaki
had to rush off to a signing with First-Second, but we managed to cover a
lot of ground, from collaborating to teaching, to surviving the Comic
Con chaos. The questions about Adventure Time, sadly, will have to wait until next time.
Oct 29 2014 · 43mins
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Inkstuds on the Road – Part 21 Jillian Tamaki

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Jillian Tamaki was one of the first people on our East Coast roadtrip list and was also our first interview on the trip. We met up with Jillian the Saturday morning of SPX. Her latest book is This One Summer, written by her cousin, Mariko Tamaki. Her other upcoming work includes the SuperMutant Magic Academy and a wide range of amazing illustration work.

This Inkstuds was sponsored by Stuff Said.

Oct 15 2014 · 1hr 8mins