Jillian Tamaki's first short story collection is eclectic, with a different art style for every story, unconventional panel structure, and plots ranging from fandom and obsession to the female body and self-care. I might go so far as to call Tamaki's style boundless. Each story satisfies, with a glance into the inner monologue of a woman who grows smaller each day until she disappears, the creator of a porn-sitcom, and the cult formed around a piece of music called SexCoven, just to name a few. The comics could be the work of multiple creators, but for Tamaki's signature combination of humor and empathy. -Emma— From Summer Booknotes 2017
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
A woman post-breakup becomes obsessed with the mirror Facebook of herself seeing a life that could be hers. Another woman, besieged by bed bugs, studies her relationship and the effects her recently-ended secret affair has on it. An anonymous music file surfaces on the internet and a cult springs up in its wake. A group of city animals briefly open their minds to us; A woman finds her clothes growing baggy, her shoes looser, as she shrinks the world around her recedes.
Jillian Tamaki brings her combined characteristic realism and humor to her first collection of short stories. Boundless explores the lives of women and how the expectations of others influence their real and virtual selves. Mixing objective reality, speculative fiction, out-and-out fantasy, and a matter-of-fact feminism, Tamaki shows herself to be a short story talent equal to her peers Adrian Tomine and Eleanor Davis. As Tamaki experiments with art styles, we see hyper-realist detailing dueling with thick chunky blocks of ink, each delicately setting the mood for her characters inner turmoil.
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.