Tuesday April 28, 2015

SuperMutant Magic Academy is more Degrassi than Marvel, says Jillian Tamaki

The illustration on the cover of Jillian Tamaki's new collection "SuperMutant Magic Academy".

The illustration on the cover of Jillian Tamaki's new collection "SuperMutant Magic Academy". (Jillian Tamaki)

Listen 13:06

K whatever. The teenagers at SuperMutant Magic Academy have powers — but they also have raging hormones and that, boys and girls, is serious stuff. 

Fresh off her prestigious Caldecott Medal, acclaimed illustrator Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer, Skim) joins Shad to discuss her latest graphic novel, why it contains more Degrassi-style drama than Marvel-like mystique, and how she channels the voices of young people despite being old enough to "fit two teenagers" into her age. 

SuperMutant Magic Academy

An excerpt from SuperMutant Magic Academy. (Jillian Tamaki)

SuperMutant Magic Academy

An excerpt from SuperMutant Magic Academy (Jillian Tamaki)

SuperMutant Magic Academy

An excerpt from SuperMutant Magic Academy (JIllian Tamaki)