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Mariko Tamaki is a Toronto writer and performer with an avid interest in freaks, weirdos, and other fabulous forms of human behaviour.
Skim is illustrated by her cousin Jillian Tamaki.
In her spare time, Mariko is a columnist for Kiss Machine and Herizons, and a graduate student in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto where she studies language, performance, and gender.
Stunningly drawn, this graphic novel brilliantly charts the deep and sometimes desperate conflicts and moods that prevail in teen years. Teenage witch Skim keeps a diary in which she records all her thoughts, hopes and fears. There’s the grief and anxiety following the suicide of a boy in school, her own inner loneliness and then the complexities of romance. Easily accessible, it gives a sympathetic and realistic view of adolescence.