SuperMutant Magic Academy

SuperMutant Magic Academy

Book - 2015
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Baker & Taylor
At a prep school for superheroes, mutants, and witches, paranormal abilities take a backseat to normal teen concerns.

McMillan Palgrave

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.

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, c2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781770461987
Branch Call Number: YA GX TAM
Characteristics: 274 p. :,chiefly ill. (some col.) ;,22 cm.


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JCLLizW Sep 30, 2019

Follows a set of students (human and non-human) through their time at the magic academy. It follows a timeline but consists of several one-page strips, so you experience a series of moments rather than a continuous story. I absolutely loved this book - it was weird and hilarious and artsy, and I wish she had more like this!

JCLEmmaF Sep 06, 2019

Episodic and artistic, this book is hilarious, relatable, clever, and diverse. I love the quirkiness that is actually very representative, i love the diversity in the cast and what everyone is going through, i love the satire, i love the art... i love everything about this.

IndyPL_KatieW Jul 17, 2019

Adolescent ennui at its finest, most creepy, snarky, poignant and surreal. There's much to love among the denizens of this mutant prep school: Frances the feminist performance artist, everything Marsha (oh Marsha!), prophecy-spewing kitty cats on prom night, hilarious D&D showdowns... My only complaint is there wasn't more. For more angsty genre satire, enjoy it alongside fellow former webcomics The Adventures of Superhero Girl (Faith Erin Hicks) and Nimona (Noelle Stevenson). Or lean into the melancholy cynicism and pair it with Ghost World (both Clowes and Zwigoff).

Jul 01, 2018

This large collection of single-page comics was culled from Tamaki's original web series. The "magic academy" setting is an obvious riff on Harry Potter. Personally, I was hoping for more narrative and less of Tamaki's sharp adolescent humour.

Apr 25, 2018

Collection of loosely linked single page gags. Drawings okay. Young adult.

SCL_Toby Jul 10, 2017

This is one of my favourite graphic novels. Jillian Tamaki has a quirky, hilarious sense of humour. This books centres around a high-school for supermutants and people with magical abilities. The stories have typical high-school issues (dating, body image concerns) mixed in with a boy who can't die and a cat who must attend the high-school to ensure the completion of a prophecy. If you like quirky, strange laughs I cannot recommend this book enough.

Aug 17, 2016

This was a very funny book to read.
It sometimes didn't make sense but it was funny.
I hope to see more of this!

Aug 04, 2016

Hogwarts meets Proffessor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters

Cynthia_N Mar 28, 2016

The reviews for this book are just right! Quirky! Offbeat! Coming of age! Angsty! Each page is a glimpse into some aspect of teenage life. It is a really fun read!

mvkramer Feb 08, 2016

A series of comic strips set in a high school like any other - except for the mutants and wizards, that is. Funny and strange - I liked it a lot.

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