June 9, 2018

Blog Tour: Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki – Interview and Giveaway


Hello Readers!  Welcome to our stop for

Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki!

We have Mariko on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!




She’s super-strong. She can fly. She crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns. And with the help of her best friends and her kinda-infuriating-but-totally-loving adoptive parents, she just might be able to put her troubling dreams–shattered glimpses of another world–behind her.

Until an earthquake shatters her small town of Midvale…and uncovers secrets about her past she thought would always stay buried.

Now Kara’s incredible powers are kicking into high gear, and people she trusted are revealing creepy ulterior motives. The time has come for her to choose between the world where she was born and the only world she’s ever known. Will she find a way to save her town and be super, or will she crash and burn?

Caldecott Honor and Eisner Award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer) combine forces for this incredible coming-of-age tale! This is the Girl of Steel as you’ve never seen her before.

Collects the limited series Supergirl: Being Super #1-4.



MaryAnn: Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Well hello and thank you for having me.  Nice place you have here.



MA: Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

MT: Alien teenager in small town.  Super powers.  Intergalactic zits.  Top secret experiments.  Best friends forever.



MA: What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

MT:  It was a combination of my on-going obsession with Friday Night Lights and My So-Called Life, with my desire to meld these obsessions with super hero comics.  I’m sure I took a walk at some point and ironed it all out.  Also I’d been watching a bunch of movies about track and field and long distance running.  So, somewhere in that, a comic was born.



MA: Tell us about the main character(s).

MT: Kara Danvers is an ordinary girl who knows that she is not ordinary, but she doesn’t completely understand what that means.  She has super powers but her adoptive parents want her to keep them a secret, even though that means lying to her best friends.  On the night she turns 16, everything changes.  All the things she understood about herself seem to fall way.  The dream of who she might be, a dream she’s had her whole life, comes crashing into reality, and she has to face her future as a super hero.



MA: Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

MT: I love Kara’s connection with her two best friends Dolly and Jen. So pretty much every scene with the three of them.  Also I love that Kara has a father who, everyone knows, doesn’t believe in birthdays.



MA: Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

MT: It was hard writing the sad parts of this book, and there are some significant sad parts.  It was upsetting making something terrible happen to the characters in this book.  It felt very personal.



MA: What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

MT:   I’m currently working on two comics for Marvel.  I write a middle grade prose series based on the Lumberjanes characters.  And I’m working on a new graphic novel for DC INK, DC’s upcoming YA line, with Steve Pugh called Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass


MA: It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!


MT: It was lovely.  Thanks!!


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  1. Danielle Hammelef

    I want to read this book to get to know a strong, smart female POV character that I can look up to as well as my girls. Plus, it’s a dream of mine to be a superhero.

  2. Ellie

    I’m a huge fan of supergirl and I love the sound of this origin for her!

  3. John Smith

    “Why do you want to read this?” I think the story will be great fun, and the artwork is memorable!

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