Boundless by Jillian Tamaki

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Her latest solo collection, Boundless – heavy in its rumination and hilarious in its earnestness –drips with a certain melancholy and longing, a common mode for modern illustrators...
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The cartoonist of This One Summer and SuperMutant Magic Academy explores the virtual and IRL world of contemporary women via a lens both surreal and wry

Jenny becomes obsessed with a strange "mirror Facebook," which presents an alternate, possibly better, version of herself. Helen finds her clothes growing baggy, her shoes looser, and as she shrinks away to nothingness, the world around her recedes as well. The animals of the city briefly open their minds to us, and we see the world as they do. A mysterious music file surfaces on the internet and forms the basis of a utopian society–or is it a cult?

Boundless is at once fantastical and realist, playfully hinting at possible transcendence: from one’s culture, one’s relationship, oneself. This collection of short stories is a showcase for the masterful blend of emotion and humour of award-winning cartoonist Jillian Tamaki.

 

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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 finalist for the Governor General's Award. Their second graphic novel This One Summer earned a Governor General’s Award and a Caldecott Honor. Tamaki’s first collection of her own comics was the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller and Eisner Award-winning, SuperMutant Magic Academy.
 
Published May 30, 2017 by Drawn and Quarterly. 248 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Etelka Lehoczky on May 30 2017

But though such elements drive these stories, they never seem to shackle Boundless to the present. Instead, Tamaki's existential wistfulness lifts text messages and memes into the realm of archetype.

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Reviewed by Sadaf Ahsan on May 16 2017

Her latest solo collection, Boundless – heavy in its rumination and hilarious in its earnestness –drips with a certain melancholy and longing, a common mode for modern illustrators...

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