Boundless by Jillian Tamaki

Boundless by Jillian Tamaki

If you enjoy graphic novels, this-could-happen-tomorrow speculative fiction, and/or ruminating on what it means to be human (and, in a couple cases, animal) — I highly recommend you read Boundless.

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Dear Jillian,

I just finished Boundless, and I wanted to say how much I enjoy and admire your work.

The way you played with the ‘novel’ and ‘graphic novel’ — and ‘infomercial’ — forms in the Clairfree System¬†really stuck with me. The eerie, mystical illustrations paired with everyday marketing language was delightfully odd and had me looking at billboards differently for days.

The story that struck me the most from the collection was Bedbug. I found the raw glance into Angela and Jeremy’s complex, imperfect relationship impossible to turn away from. It seemed to me that there was something big swelling below the surface, not just between them but beneath the story overall. I love how you created this with little moments, like the passerby’s casual double-take in the laundry mat. It got me looking closer, and thinking more deeply about humans and relationships than I might have otherwise.

Thank you, and all the best.

Sam

Buy Boundless on D&Q,¬†Amazon, Indiebound — or borrow it from you local library!
More about the author at jilliantamaki.com

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