MARIKO TAMAKI ...Surely chats on Modern Minorities


June 17th, 2022

53 mins 38 secs

Season 4

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About this Episode

"The idea that a person can't relate to something because it's not directly about them is a misunderstanding of who's been reading books this whole time."

Since June is Pride Month and we're cos-playing in our favorite rainbows spandex, we decided to share our Modern Minorities chat with award winning comics creator Mariko Tamaki - who's work we've covered a LOT on Quarantined Comics - from Skim & This One Summer, to I Am Not Starfire, to Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me - Mariko's work is powerful and transcends identity.

Mariko Tamaki's many (Surely) Books — Mariko Tamaki is an award-winning Canadian comics creator and writer — known for works like Skim and This One Summer (with her cousin Jillian Tamaki). Her latest novel is Cold, a haunting YA novel about four students who knew too much and said too little. AND Mariko’s also the Co-founder & Editor of Surely Books - a comics imprint of LGBTQIA+ creators. Mariko’s ALSO known for comics like Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Emiko Superstar, and several prose works of fiction and nonfiction. AND since 2016, Mariko’s been writing for Marvel & DC comics - on powerful books like I Am Not Stafire, and Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass. Mariko’s also only the second woman to write Detective Comics - the 1000+ issue flagship DC series about the Dark Knight. If you can’t tell by now, one of us has been a BIG Mariko Tamaki fan for awhile, and after hearing her approach to writing and sharing personal stories, you soon will be too.

Surely Books:
This One Summer:
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me:

Heather Gold:
Jillian Tamaki:
Lauren Tamaki:
Gene Luen Yang:
BOOK: Stone Fruit (Lee Lai):
BOOK: Shadow Life (Hiromi Goto, Ann Xu):
Alice Munro:
Timothy Findley: