Interview: SuperMutant Magic Academy’s Jillian Tamaki explores adolescence through art

Most cartoonists can only dream of the year Jillian Tamaki is having. Last May, First Second Books released This One Summer, a gorgeous graphic novel illustrated by Tamaki and written by her cousin Mariko Tamaki about a girl’s coming-of-age during summer vacation. Full of lush natural imagery and deeply expressive characters, This One Summer garnered Tamaki major recognition, and in February of this year, she became the first graphic novel artist to be awarded a Caldecott Honor. She received this distinction in the time between the airing of her two episodes of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, but she’s still firmly rooted in the world of comic books, releasing two new pieces this season: SuperMutant Magic Academy, a Drawn & Quarterly collection of Tamaki’s long-running Tumblr comic, and an issue of Youth In Decline’s monograph series Frontier. She recently spoke with The A.V. Club about …

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