Mariko Tamaki is a Toronto writer, playwright, activist and performer. She works and performs with fat activists Pretty Porky and Pissed Off and the theatre troupe TOA.
Mariko Tamaki is a New York Times Bestselling writer of comics and prose. Her graphic novels include Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, with Rosemary Valero O'Connell, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, with Steve Pugh, Skim and This One Summer, with Jillian Tamaki. She has received Doug Wright, Eisner and Ignatz Awards as well as Caldecott and Printz Honors for her works. She has had the pleasure of working for Marvel, DC Comics, Abrams, Dark Horse and Boom Studios on various amazing superhero type things.
“Don't worry about any of this stuff, okay?
It's all just adult junk that doesn't mean anything.”
― This One Summer
“I think it’s true that the older you get, and I am very old, the more you see that being in love and breaking up have a lot in common.
Love is hard. Breaking up is hard. Love is dramatic. Breaking up is dramatic.
Which makes me think that a lot of the questions you have about breaking up might be better thought of as questions about the nature of the love you have with this girl.”
― Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me