Canada Comics Art VOL.4: Michael DeForge & Jillian Tamaki
Show opens November 15th, 2015
@ Presspop Gallery, PARCO, B1, Shibuya
Continuing the partnership between Canadian comics festival TCAF and Presspop Gallery, Canada Comics Art: Michael DeForge & Jillian Tamaki features a selection of unique work from these enormously talented stars of the Canadian comics scene. This exhibition will continue to explore the formats and process of Canadian comics creators, with a unique look at these works and creators in a new context.
Jillian Tamaki will contribute a unique behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating GIRL/SKIM, with samples of work that lead from the script, through the roughs, to final printed art in both English and Japanese. A rare look into the process of collaborative comics making. Meanwhile, Michael DeForge works entirely digitally on most projects. In this way, many of his works aren’t truly ‘complete’ until physically printed, and nowhere is this more evident than his limited edition silkscreened prints. These hand-pulled silkscreens are created in DeForge’s inimitable style, featuring gorgeous and eye-seering colour. A selection of prints from across DeForge’s career will be exhibited and made available for sale at the gallery.
Copies of Tamaki’s and DeForge’s comics work will be available for sale in the excellent Parco Book Centre, located adjacent to Presspop Gallery.
Jillian Tamaki is best known in Japan for her graphic novel GIRL (2009, Sanctuary Publishing) with cousin Mariko Tamaki, published in English as Skim. Since that time Jillian has created numerous editorial illustrations and book covers, and completed the webcomic and graphic novel SuperMutant Magic Academy, and with Mariko Tamaki the graphic novel This One Summer. Tamaki’s work has been awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Printz Honor, and the Governor General’s Award of Canada, Canada’s highest-ranking literary award. Tamaki was a featured guest of TCAFin 2011, 2014, and 2015, and has created an official poster and branding for the Festival.
Michael DeForge has not yet been published in Japan, but his diverse and prodigious comics output, including his series Lose, have won him internatio
nal recognition. His graphic novels and comics collections Dressing (2015), First Year Healthy (2015), A Body Beneath (2014), Ant Colony (2014), and Very Casual (2013) have all drawn excellent reviews and numerous awards and nominations. DeForge was a featured guest of TCAF in 2014, and has created an official poster and branding for the Festival.