I’ve been a fan of Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki ever since their first graphic novel, Skim. Jillian forever endeared herself to me for drawing Scarborough in her novel in such a beautiful way.
Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki are seriously talented cousins. Mariko writes the story and Jillian illustrates. In This One Summer, they’ve perfectly captured the quintessential Canadian cottage experience.
This One Summer deals with some pretty heavy topics in a lazy Ontario cottage town. Julia enjoys typical cottage activities like hanging out with her friend, crushing on boys, going swimming and watching terrifying horror movies.
However, she’s also dealing with the fact that her parents seem to be getting further apart each day, and her mother is distant. Her friend is a little younger than her, and Julie is starting to mature faster than her. Even the teenager that she has a crush on has major issues to deal with. It all comes together in a dramatic climax.
It’s beautiful to see Jillian’s stunning brushwork and curling speech bubbles. She’s such a talented illustrator, and whenever these cousins pair together there’s bound to be magic.
The book launches this week at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Check it out below!
This One Summer Book Launch ft. Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki with Hannah Sung
Sunday May 11, 2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.