Publication Date: 12/09/2023 ISBN: 9781770464339 Category: Tag:


Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki

Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
Publication Date: 12/09/2023 ISBN: 9781770464339 Category: Tag:
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With a nostalgic and limited colour palette, Roaming perfectly captures the awkward and inevitable transition into adulthood. On break from their respective colleges, childhood best friends Dani and Zoe decide to live out their dream of visiting New York City together. But when Dani brings along her classmate, Fiona, the whole mood for the trip changes. What was once a comfortable relationship is now strained and frustrating. And maybe Fiona isn’t the only problem. Has one semester of college really changed their friendship so drastically?  – Nethmi


Spring Break, 2009: Five days, three friends, and one big city. Roaming marks a triumphant return to the graphic novel and a deft foray into new adult fiction for Caldecott Medal authors Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. Over the course of a much-anticipated trip to New York, an unexpected fling blossoms between casual acquaintances and throws a long-term friendship off-balance. Emotional tensions vibrate wildly against the resplendently illustrated backdrop of the city, capturing a spontaneous queer romance in all of its fledgling glory. Slick attention to the details of a bustling, intimidating metropolis are softened with a palette of muted pastels, as though seen through the eyes of first-time travelers. The awe, wonder, and occasional stumble along the way come to life with stunning accuracy. Roaming is the third collaboration from the critically acclaimed team behind Skim and Governor General s Literary Award winner This One Summer. Moody, atmospheric, and teeming with life, the magic of this comics duo leaks through the pages with lush and exquisite pen work. The Tamakis singular, elegant vision of an urban paradise slowly revealing its imperfections to the tune of its visitors rhythms is a masterpiece a future classic for generations to come.

Publisher Review

I’ve never been a young Canadian tourist visiting New York for the first time in 2009, but Roamingmade me feel like one. It’s a beautiful, immersive slice-of-life, and Jillian Tamaki’s artwork has never been more observant, inventive, and breathtakingly alive.’ – Adrian Tomine, Shortcomings and The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist. ‘Roaming made me wanna be 17 all over again. Mobbing the streets of NYC with my angsty, goofy, dare-devil friends skateboarding at the cube on Astor place and riding the Cyclone at Coney Island, screaming at the top of our lungs, feeling like nothing could ever stop us. The Tamakis give us NYC youth magic on a platter scuffed with glitter, make out sessions and tourist stops at Times Square. I wanted to read Roaming over and over again. It s a love letter to the greatest city in the world and all the beautiful tender queer kids running wild and free.’ – Gabby Rivera, Juliet Takes A Breath. ‘Tender, honest, and gorgeously illustrated, Roaming charters a course through the choppy waters of a queer fling with aplomb. Following a trio of friends from Canada on a short trip to New York City, Roaming doesn t shy away from the splendid messiness of a sudden, passionate connection between two strangers. Jillian and Mariko Tamaki embrace the humanity of their characters and allow them to exist outside of the sanitized expectations so often imposed on media with LGBTQ representation. Like any great destination, it left an impression on me, and I m looking forward to coming back.’ – John Paul Brammer, !Hola Papi! ‘Roaming perfectly captures that weird second adolescence between high school and adulthood: the thrill and torture of new experiences, the growing pains of old friendships, the feelings that are ultimately both silly and life-altering. It might evoke embarrassing memories of cringey arguments or dramatic flings, but then it takes those formative moments seriously. This book loves its characters, and you will, too.’ – Tavi Gevinson

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