Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian TamakiSupermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

Supermutant Magic Academy

byJillian Tamaki

Paperback | March 26, 2015

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Unrequited love, underage drinking, and teen angst rule at a high school for mutants and witches
The New York Times and New Yorker 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 humor 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 backseat 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.
SuperMutant Magic Academy
has won two Ignatz Awards. This volume combines the most popular content from the webcomic with a selection of all-new, never-before-seen strips that conclude Tamaki's account of life at the academy.
Jillian Tamaki is a Canadian illustrator and cartoonist living in Brooklyn, New York. Her illustrations have won gold medals from the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication Designers. Tamaki is the co-creator of the graphic novel Skim, which was listed as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2008 and was nomina...
Title:Supermutant Magic AcademyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.49 × 6.44 × 1.02 inPublished:March 26, 2015Publisher:Drawn & QuarterlyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770461981

ISBN - 13:9781770461987

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really nice Really nice but I didn't fall in love with it. The characters were enjoyable, but they didn't touch me that much. The graphic novel does have a strong sense of realism even with the supermutant schoolgirl/boy.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute and weird If you like Harry Potter and the X-Men this series is for you. Full of awkward angst and out there shenanigans.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Teenage Shenanigans! This piece is certainly not what I thought it was. Not a streamlined story, Supermutant Magic Academy is more a series of snapshots of students within this magic high school (think Harry Potter only with X-Men-like teenagers). It is completely random, and while that usually doesn’t work for me, it certainly worked with this piece. In fact, I’d say that the randomness makes the book pretty awesome! It is such a quick read but it is also so relevant. Everybody who reads this can probably relate on a deeper level. There were ‘snapshots’ that had me laughing out loud and sighing with nostalgia. It is high school, and we’ve all been there. We may not have been Supermutants, but we all did the awkward teenage phase, and this work examines it superbly. If you are looking for a science fiction piece with a bunch of magic and spells, though, you may be a little disappointed. That is certainly not the focus of Supermutant Magic Academy. And I guess it makes sense that if you are looking into a world in which magic is an everyday thing; it may not be the main focus to those that have the ability to use it. When it does, it appears in the hilarious and awkward way that it would when being used by teenagers. A very enjoyable, cute read. It’s good for a laugh, which is something we all need to be able to do when thinking of high school.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny and Sweet At first this book is mostly one page shorts but eventually some of the stories become longer. If you're a fan of x-men or Harry Potter you'll get some of the references made, but even if you aren't there are still lots of characters to care about and the jokes translate.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SuperMutant Magic Academy SuperMutant Magic Academy is intelligent, compelling, and bizarre. It's absurd and impossible while being true to the absurdity and impossibility of high school life. Yes, they all have some kind of magical ability, but all of that takes a backseat to the angst and the worry that teenagers face every day. Tests, dating, the future. It's all here in black and white, and sometimes red. It's hard to describe this book, this collection, beyond what it is overall. There's sort of a set story line, the characters' lives while in high school, both inside and outside of class. Having lunch, doing homework, dating, breaking up, crushing on, fighting. Worrying about life post-high school, worrying about what the future might hold. Worrying about everything. Each page is its own separate story. It's a collection of moments, glimpses in time, until the newly drawn ending that follows more of a set story. This is the most true to real life I've ever seen fantasy/paranormal characters be. There's Marsha keeping her crush on best friend cat-eared Wendy a secret. There's lizard Trixie trying so hard to fit in, to find a boyfriend, to be pretty. There's bold performance artist Frances and her friend with a large head Gemma. There's magical Trevor, angry and misunderstood, who's possibly just waiting for someone to finally call him on all his crap. And there's Everlasting Boy, who lives and dies and lives again. The moments they have are sometimes impossible to understand, like Frances' performance art, and sometimes so familiar it hurts, like when one boy brings another to his dorm room and acknowledges that while it is a mess, it's his mess. It's something that belongs to him. Finally, something that's all his. What teenager hasn't ever desperately craved something that was their own, and rejoiced when they finally found it? This book is at times bold, weird, and unflinchingly honest. The moments of existentialism alternate with the moments of humour, the moments of how all teen boys can think about is sex, as seen in a number of their D&D games. A must-read for comic fans, for fans of so much reality in their fiction, for fans of storytelling.
Date published: 2015-11-12

Editorial Reviews

SuperMutant Magic Academy is . . . not just weird, it's oftentimes so completely bonkers and out-there that it leaves you a little shell-shocked. And believe me, that is a huge, huge compliment. ? Autostraddle

" SuperMutant Magic Academy captures all of the teen angst you'll find at a school for magical mutants?or any school at all." ? io9