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

Fresh off her prestigious Caldecott Medal, acclaimed illustrator Jillian Tamaki explains why she's drawn to characters teetering on the cusp of adulthood.
The illustration on the cover of Jillian Tamaki's new collection "SuperMutant Magic Academy". (Jillian Tamaki)
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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. 

An excerpt from SuperMutant Magic Academy. (Jillian Tamaki)
An excerpt from SuperMutant Magic Academy (Jillian Tamaki)
An excerpt from SuperMutant Magic Academy (JIllian Tamaki)

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