SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

SuperMutant Magic Academy

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 uncert...

Details SuperMutant Magic Academy

TitleSuperMutant Magic Academy
Release DateApr 28th, 2015
PublisherDrawn and Quarterly
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Humor

Reviews SuperMutant Magic Academy

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    This was strange and hilarious and all sorts of wonderful.
  • Ariel
    A new favourite! What a flippin' hilarious read. Told in a series of single page comics, this graphic novel explores the final few years of high school at a school for mutant teens. This gave Tamaki the opportunity for impressive larks - this book made me laugh out loud consistently. Some of the strips were so good that I had to take pictures and send them to friends. I think the fact that teenagers were supermutants was used extremely effectivel...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    *3.5*THIS WAS SO WEIRD. And I'm a fan of weird, but I found this just plain didn't make sense sometimes. There were tons of single pages that seemed really pointless to me, but maybe I'm just not reading into them enough. I don't know. The book was enjoyable, made me think and/or laugh multiple times, but I wouldn't call it amazing.
  • Jan Philipzig
    I guess the title brings to mind the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters or the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but the students of Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy are no aspiring superheroes or magicians – they are mutants like you and me, (more or less) regular teenagers faced with (more or less) regular high-school challenges. This book collects the most popular of Tamaki’s Ignatz-Award-winning webcomic strips ...
  • Eilonwy
    I'm not sure how to rate this at all! I grabbed this at the library thinking it was a graphic novel, and since I've loved Jillian Tamaki's illustrations in Half World and her cousin Mariko's graphic novels Skim and This One Summer, I was really excited to see what Jillian's work for herself would look like. This turned out to be a series of mostly single-page comics which feature a few teenage kids from the title school: Adorable fox-girl Wend...
  • Dov Zeller
    When I first got this book out of the library I thought I was getting a graphic novel, and soon discovered that this was something very different. At first I was disappointed and I almost didn’t read it, but then I read a gr friend’s review and that helped me navigate the pages. This book comes out of a web comic I haven’t read. It is not a building narrative, though there are certainly narrative threads. It is more like dailies that are lo...
  • somuchreading
    Οι τελευταίες 3 εβδομάδες δεν ήταν και οι καλύτερες και διάθεση/μυαλό για διάβασμα δεν υπήρχε, αλλά ευτυχώς που όποια στιγμή έπιασα κάτι ήταν αυτό.Το SuperMutant Magic Academy είναι βαθιά σκεπτόμενο, βαθιά ουμανιστικό και βαθιά όμορφο. Οι ήρωές του είναι έφηβ...
  • David Schaafsma
    I read this because I had liked her and her cousin Mariko's Skim and This One Summer, which are both more serious and contemplative and moody stories than this, which pretty much seems like it is a collection from her Ignatz award-wnning webcomic by the same name. This is snarlier, smart-assier, funnier by far, representing Jilian's personality in a way Skim and This One Summer may represent Mariko more? Who knows. This one is set in a precocious...
  • Lex
    Where do I even begin? SuperMutant Magic Academy is a series of comics about the students (and some staff members) at SuperMutant Magic Academy. I had originally picked up This One Summer because it looked interesting, but then I saw this one and it won out. I'm definitely going to have to go back get This One Summer, though, because if it's half as good as SuperMutant, I'm going to love it. I don't even have the words, really, to explain how muc...
  • Elizabeth A
    Let me start this review by saying that I'm not a fan of the short story format. Why does that matter? Because this book is a collection of connected comic strips. Each page is a single vignette of life as experienced by a group of teens in their final years of high school. Yes, it is boarding school, and the kids are all mutants in some manner, but first and foremost they are teens, so prepare to wallow in vats of teen angst. The mostly black an...
  • Vivian
    This was such a strange read. Very funny at times but also very weird. I didn't expect the commentary on society, culture, feminism and technology but it was much appreciated. Despite the quirkiness of the characters, you can't help but fall in love with them.
  • Katrina (trinareadsbooks)
    3.5 stars This was a strange, but, at times, hilariously funny read. I especially loved how the novel was more like little stories all in the same universe than one linear story.
  • Peter Derk
    The highs were high, and some of the humor was super excellent.There was a little overuse of a joke type that I feel like crops up in web comics a lot. It goes like this:Panel 1: Initiation of deep, philosophical discussion. Let's say it's about, I don't know, whether we're truly happy or it's just brain chemicals.Panel 2: "Are we anything more than juices in our brains? And if so, is there a problem with putting in a fake juice, a Sunny D of sor...
  • Raina
    Jillian and her cousin, Mariko Tamaki, are some of my favorite story-creators out there. This is the first full-published piece exclusively by Jillian that I've read, and it has all the charm of her social media feeds.It feels like an ongoing webcomic, collected and bound, which, of course, it is. The drawings feel more scrawly than her work in This One Summer or Skim - this world feels less considered, or plotted out. Not a bad thing, tho. I ...
  • Chelsea
    What a great book to start off 2016 with! I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything where there were so many things I was able to relate to on a personal level. There were multiple times I audibly laughed or said ‘yes!’, and that isn’t something I do often. I seriously want to be besties with the author. Very high 4 starsSuperMutant Magic Academy is not really a graphic novel, more of a collection of single paged comics that kind of make a ...
  • Jeffrey
    Jillian Tamaki is an awesome illustrator, but she's also a hilarious writer. Mashing together Harry Potter and X-Men with teenage coming of age angst... goofy and smart, I hope she makes this a seven book series too. At least.
  • R.J.
    Finished in one day. God, it's so good. Through one-off doodles about D&D and feminist performance art and prom, Jillian Tamaki creates these flawed magical teenage weirdos who are so different but all deeply relatable. She's a genius. I'm so happy this got an Eisner.Also: super gay
  • Althea J.
    A MUST READ, my graphic novel-reading friends :)It will make your heart happy.I laughed a lot while reading this. And it was so spot on in its depiction of teen-life and the issues that arise. SO MUCH LOVE for this book!!!! It deserves a much more coherent review, along with some favorite images... which I will have to do when I have time. But in the meantime, I highly highly recommend!EDIT 7/31/15GREAT NEWS! You can read lots of this book (if no...
  • Susan
    3.75 if I have to be honest...I am a little ashamed to admit that I was not aware of the comic at all before picking up the book, and the format was not really what I had expected, but it won me over. Although it has much more of a vignette feel than of a longer format story, that tends to work well for school stories. There are a few misfires Although there are both magic and mutants (mostly anthropomorphized animals, and a few people with X-Men...
  • Lara
    *2.70 "it was okay and I liked some of it" stars *I read this because it was highly recommended to me but I didn't really find it amazing. As far as graphic novels go, I have higher standards compared to novels because they are, for one, much more expensive plus you have to consider both the art and the story when doing a review. Jillian Tamaki's SuperMutant Magic Academy is a graphic novel told in one page stories about high school students wi...
  • Victoria Law
    Imagine if Hogwarts had been more diverse. Now imagine if the students at Hogwarts didn't have to worry about Voldemort, death eaters and fighting evil and instead got to spend their teen years worrying about things that teens all over the western world worry about. That's what you get here.My one disappointment is that this is a book of shorts, kind of like a collection of comic strips, rather than one long narrative. I would have loved to see T...
  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    There are so many things I hate about this comic. Where to start?I can't stand all the profanity. That's the big one. It makes my head hurt and contributes nothing of value to the story.My second problem with this... There is no story that I can discover. It's a series of one-liners and random observations about the world, but I see very little continuity or story line. Which makes it boring.And thirdly, the characters are hateful and I hate them...
  • Andrew
    A lovely mix of surrealism, teen angst, and wry observations about contemporary culture and gender politics. Most strips follow a six panel grid/punchline-at-the-end structure, but it never gets stale. This is partly because Tamaki mixes up her art style frequently, and partly because the story of the cynical, acerbic Marsha and her unrequited crush on her earnest best friend Wendy provides a compelling emotional through-line.
  • Irena Freitas
    Eu queria conseguir explicar o tanto que eu amo SuperMutant Magic, mas eu simplesmente não tenho palavras. São umas tirinhas que não tem pé nem cabeça e tudo é extremamente aleatório, porém poucas pessoas conseguiriam captar teen angst de uma forma tão maravilhosa quanto Jillian Tamaki.
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  • Emma
    Super fun. Loved all the D&D sequences. And, like Skim, it really captured that teen voice - the philosophical thoughts that don't make you special, the budding feminism, the cynicism etc.
  • Hannah Garden
    So cute so funny so clever gud GAD.