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SuperMutant Magic Academy

Jillian Tamaki's graphic novel was published in 2015.

Jillian Tamaki

Illustrator Jillian Tamaki is best known for co-creating the award-winning young adult graphic novels Skim and This One Summer — moody and atmospheric bestsellers. SuperMutant Magic Academy, which she has been serializing online for the past four years, paints a teenaged world filled with just as much ennui and uncertainty, but also with a sharp dose of humour and irreverence. Tamaki deftly plays superhero and high-school Hollywood tropes against what adolescence is really like: The SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep school for mutants and witches, but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns.

Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy. Whether the magic is mundane or miraculous, Tamaki's jokes are precise and devastating. (From Drawn & Quarterly)

Author interviews

Fresh off her prestigious Caldecott Medal, acclaimed illustrator Jillian Tamaki explains why she's drawn to characters teetering on the cusp of adulthood. 13:06
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