Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator. She grew up in Calgary, Alberta and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. Jillian has been a professional artist since 2003, when she graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She does lots of different stuff: comics, picture books, editorial illustration, teaching, even storyboarding for the TV show Adventure Time. Jillian has won numerous award and honors including the Governor General’s Award, Caldecott Honor, Printz Award, 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, and an Ignatz Award. Jillian and her cousin Mariko Tamaki are the co-creators of the YA graphic novels SKIM and This One Summer, which won a Governor General’s Award and Caldecott Honor. Super Mutant Magic Academy is a book which collects her webcomics about weird mutant emo kids. Her next book, Roaming, co-created with Mariko, is forthcoming in Fall 2023. Click here to check out her website!

The Center for Canadian American Studies at Western Washington University is proud to sponsor Canadian Jillian Tamaki with funding made possible through the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Education Grant. With a shared commitment to explore and support transborder cultures, the Cascadia Watershed, and international youth literature the Children’s Literature Conference and K-12 Study Canada are thrilled to partner!