Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and comic artist living in Toronto, Canada. A professional artist since 2003, she has worked for publications around the world and has taught in New York City at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has created books for people of all ages, from picture books to webcomics and adult graphic novels. She is the co-creator of Skim and This One Summer, which won a Caldecott Honor and Printz Award.
Her panel with Harmony Becker and local artist Nurulhuda Izyan is Drawn Narratives:
Illustrations bring a wealth of meaning with them. As an integral part of the graphic novel format, they serve a multitude of purposes in driving the story and communicating unspoken messages to readers. This panel will dive into the works of three illustrator-writers and look at how they have effectively employed the medium in communicating their stories.
It takes place on 28 May, Saturday, 9 am to 10 am.
AFCC takes place 26 to 29 May. You can buy tickets here: https://afcc.com.sg/2022/page/tickets
A few years ago, I interviewed Mariko Tamaki, Jillian’s cousin and the writer of the books they did together – Skim and This One Summer. Both won many awards with the latter having the honour of being one of the most banned books in America ever. http://singaporecomix.blogspot.com/2018/10/swf-2018-interview-with-mariko-tamaki.html
You can find out more about Jillian and read her comics on her very informative website: https://www.jilliantamaki.com/
A final point that is relevant to SG Cartoon Resource Hub’s intent to promote comics-making as sustainable. What Jillian said about having an affordable place to live in and work is very true. The cost of living in Singapore is very high, one of the most expensive cities to live in. I have a friend in Jakarta who drew a weekly strip that paid S$200. So in a month, she gets S$800 and that is very comfortable in Jakarta. But hardly anyone can survive on S$800 in Singapore.
So what artists are facing are structural issues too.