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Boundless Paperback – May 30, 2017
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"Each story is as indelible as it is singular [and] so beautifully told that after a while you begin to feel that Tamaki... is capable of almost anything. And perhaps she is."―The Guardian
"Restlessly versatile… Boundless collects short stories that are so far apart from one another in tone and technique that they could almost pass for the work of entirely different artists."―New York Times
"Boundless feels at one time wholly of this moment and otherworldly, presenting a reality that’s tilted slightly off its axis. Her evocative drawings are intimate, energetic, in moments loose and casual, in others tight and finely rendered."―Boston Globe
"Jillian Tamaki's short comics are propelled by contemporary phenomena... but such elements never seem to shackle Boundless to the present. Tamaki's existential wistfulness lifts text messages and memes into the realm of archetype [with] inventive, versatile art."―NPR Best Books of 2017
"[Jillian Tamaki] dazzles with her impressive range in this collection...Lush, vibrant, and packed with emotion."―Entertainment Weekly
"Tamaki's voice shines throughout this masterpiece... as she effortlessly blends love and pain, fantasy and reality."―Nylon
"A fantastical and surreal look at modern life, in gorgeous pencil sketch."―Glamour
"Jillian Tamaki boldly emerges as a new titan of the comics medium... The whole endeavor feels like Adrian Tomine meets Jorge Luis Borges, while also feeling like nothing we’ve seen before."―New York Magazine
"A profoundly honest, bittersweet picture of human nature, made all the more haunting by her enchanting artwork."―Booklist, Starred Review
"Revelatory... Tamaki has delivered an essential collection of truly modern fiction in comics form."―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Jillian Tamaki seems capable of drawing anything, in any style, and making it appear effortless. Her writing could be described in the same way, and it's thrilling to see those twin skills of hers united in service of these daring, unpredictable, and quietly strange stories."―Adrian Tomine, author of Killing and Dying
"Jillian Tamaki's finely hewn tales read like transmissions from a parallel universe just as lonely as our own, but in a more beautifully felt, hilariously ephemeral way. These are precious stories, stories to fall into like an odd dream you left too soon."―Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
About the Author
Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Toronto. She is the co-creator along with her cousin Mariko Tamaki of the graphic novel Skim, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Governor General’s Award. Their second graphic novel This One Summer was a New York Times bestseller that earned a Governor General’s Award and a Caldecott honor. Tamaki’s first collection of her own comics was the critically acclaimed bestseller and Eisner-winning, SuperMutant Magic Academy.
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There's an accessibility to these comics that make them invaluable because the reference point to these comics is life; you could give this comic to anyone and they would be understand and have an appreciation for these stories because they're grappling with things that everyone can relate to in one way or another, be that impulsively checking a FB page that you know is just gonna mess with your head or just steadily shrinking away from the life you knew...
Tamaki's drawings are bursting with life, yet there's a tempered tone to the actual words and stories, a sort of pragmatism that allows Tamaki to delve into headspace in a way that seems very matter-of-fact, it's just the way it is, but by combining her lush illustration style with that coolness, a kind of story is born that manages the impossible task of summing up these kind of massive feelings that are hanging over all of our heads as we look down on at phones, and look into the worlds inside them, ourselves, and everything in between. Like most things on the internet, it feels very close and yet very far away...
This is definitely a book though, an object...that's aware of itself, it feels more like playground than a graphic novel. It's a showcase of an artist who's completely comfortable, who is clearly just having fun and watching the art and story evolve as it goes along. You can see the act of creation in every page, and yet every time she still manages to leave you hanging on the last panel.
It's a work about life itself, and it's a work that should be celebrated, bought, sold and liked online... but enjoyed in real life. Please do yourself a massive favor and get this book.