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Mariko Tamaki (born 1975) is a Canadian artist and writer.
- Definitely if I am writing something that feels completely straight, I’ll sew some queerness in there, because queerness is always there. It’s like when you’re writing a cityscape, you need to write in the characters that would be there. To me, not doing that is more of a choice.
- On usually including queer characters in “Interview: Mariko Tamaki” in Geeks Out (2018 Jun 20)
- I try to write to the story, as opposed to writing for the reader…
- On writing characters in “We Read To Challenge Ourselves: An Interview With Mariko Tamaki” in Comics Alliance (2016 Jun 24)
- Books don’t have a nutritional value. Which is to say, we don’t just read "good" books because they’re good for us. We read to expand our horizons, to understand and connect with something outside ourselves, good and bad. We read to challenge ourselves…
- On reading books that might be deemed inappropriate in “We Read To Challenge Ourselves: An Interview With Mariko Tamaki” in Comics Alliance (2016 Jun 24)
- Comics allow you to really subtly do those different perspectives without necessarily telling you explicitly what anyone is thinking, just what they’re saying or what they’re doing, which is incredibly valuable I think in storytelling.
- On comic storytelling in "In Conversation with Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki" in Room Magazine (June 2015)