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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,009 ratings  ·  261 reviews
Jenny, post-breakup, becomes obsessed with the mirror Facebook of herself seeing a life that could be hers. 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. Helen finds her clothes growing baggy, her shoes looser, and as she shrinks, the world around her recedes. A lifetime of romant ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Drawn and Quarterly
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Jessica Horton I don't know the target age group, but having just bought it for our teen collection (I'm the teen/ya librarian at our public library) and read it…moreI don't know the target age group, but having just bought it for our teen collection (I'm the teen/ya librarian at our public library) and read it before shelving it, I'm sending it to the adult department. Not necessarily because of the body parts or sexual scenes, but I just don't know that it's content my teens will care much about. That being said, I thought it was beautiful!(less)

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Kevin Kelsey
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
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I want to thank Drawn & Quarterly for sending me a copy of this. I have to admit I was entirely unfamiliar with Jillian Tamaki going into it, but I love love love her illustration work here. I’m also a big fan of the way that the narration jumps around sometimes “documentary style” in these stories. Most of them are slice-of-life focused, kafkaesque, or modern fantasy, which are all genres I think graphic novels are particularly well-suited for. I’ve written about this previ
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Elyse Walters
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I purchased this book in Berkeley last weekend while attending the Bay Area Book Festival.

Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Toronto.

The vibe of the entire book awesome.... everything art: creative --and reflective.
"Boundless" is a collection of short stories:
"Jenny"... "Darla"...."Half aLife"...."Body Pods"....."Sex Coven"....."The ClairFree System"......and other stories touch on things familiar and not familiar.......

Tamaki's imagination is original - edgy - messy -
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David Schaafsma
Skim and This One Summer are two of my favorite graphic novels, by artist Jillian Tamaki and her writer cousin Mariko Tamaki. In Boundless, a collection of short stories, Jillian writes in a variety of tones and styles, with drawing styles to match the content. Sometimes you see or read an author or artist, and can recognize their “signature” style, but it is clear to me Jillian does not have that, or at least not yet. She has multiple voices. She can be hilarious in writing for young people, as ...more
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Twilight Zoneish' in tone and intensity - the stories force us to deconstruct reality in order to see a deeper meaning.
Elizabeth A
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, graphix, stories
Do you admire an author but somehow their books don't resonate with you? Am I the only one with this problem? I follow the author's work, but somehow her books don't work for me. I had high hopes that this would work better for me, but it was not to be. This graphic novel is a collection of short stories, and while I appreciated some of the art and the premise of some of the stories, overall this one left me scratching my head over all the rave reviews. Maybe it's just me. Sigh.
Alanna Why
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
there is a 20-page comic about skincare in here that actually brought tears to my eyes
Book Riot Community
In this marvelous graphic novel, Tamaki delivers several stories: Jenny discovers a Facebook-type better version of herself; a mysterious file brings happiness – or is the end of mankind; Helen literally begins to shrink; humans can suddenly see into the minds of animals. Tamaki tackles self-image, perception, and social media in this wonderful send-up of our virtual lives.
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Samantha Colwell
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very touched by this graphic novel. A compilation of some of the most gratifying and intensely haunting moments of growing up, of female development and empowerment, mortality and identification through idol worship. I found something to relate to in every story, and after every section I had to pause and digest the full weight of Tamaki’s beautiful words and expressive human forms. I loved it. Perfect snow day read.
Sara
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful series of provocative short stories from one half of the team behind This One Summer. With a touch of dark whimsy Jillian Tamaki examines the intricacies of relationships, identity and connection through a series of very brief, but very lovely illustrated vignettes. Its hard to describe them in the way its hard to recall a dream you really loved. It feels a bit like reading someone's journal, very intimate but a little wrong too.

If you're a fan of surreal fantasy that tackles very r
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Lauren
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Most of it - nearly all of it - was just masterful. Tamaki changes styles of storytelling and art like changing clothes. Amazing artwork and strange and wonderful tales.
Highlights: I loved the on-the-nose critique of"Clair-Free System" and "1.Jenny", the absurdist "Half Life", and the oddness of "Sexcoven". Not all of the stories squarely hit the mark, but I was in it for the process and the artwork too.

Loved this anthology/short story approach to graphic storytelling.
Maggie Gordon
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not always a huge fan of Jillian Tamaki, but Boundless was a strong anthology of strange graphic stories. I quite enjoyed her mirror Facebook narrative as it felt like a more powerful critique than a lot of what is produced on the subject of social media. The Body Pods story was also a standout, echoing a lot of celebrity conspiracies that one already sees online and seeing these beliefs play out among people. I found the book to be discomforting. It peers into some of the more shady corners ...more
Raina
Ugh, I adore her art.
I'm such a fan.
I love the use of color here.

I wish the storytelling had stayed with me a little more, but I can't imagine not jumping all over everything she publishes forever.
Stewart Tame
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some lovely short comics stories from one of the most exciting newcomers to the field in quite some time. It seems like only yesterday that an excerpt from Skim in a volume of The Best American Comics prompted me to read the entire graphic novel. Now, it seems, she's everywhere.

All of the stories in this book are excellent. Read them, and see for yourself. I'm going to keep my comments to just two, arguably my favorites.

"Boundless" is a meditation on what it might be like to be free as a bird,
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Lydia
Felt like a collection of short stories as comics. Less slice-of-life and more surreal than I expected but I enjoyed it.

I really liked some of the more sci-fi based stories, they had a life of their own and felt like they had more momentum. I definitely liked some of the simpler colour palettes, although sometimes if Tamaki drew a single image across a whole page I felt like it didn't really read well.

I'd like to read more of her to get a better sense of her work. c:
Hannah
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt
Jillian Tamaki really showcases her own illustration and the extent of what she can do in this graphic novel, as some of the pages within were truly breathtaking and shifted from style to style per short story and whatever mood suited it best. Some of it was quite sketchy and unsettling, whilst some reminded me of etching and aquatint the way she presented the story, which came out quite menacing. Tamaki could practically use this graphic novel as a portfolio, emphasizing her flexibility in her ...more
Krysta Sa
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This graphic novel really stands out for its style and humor, I for sure want to read a lot more by Jillian Tamaki.
Leah Rachel von Essen
Boundless by Jillian Tamaki was one of my favorite gifts of this holiday season. It’s a gorgeous graphic novel that tells a series of ethereal, strange short stories in various different styles of illustration.

I really enjoyed how Tamaki shifts styles from story to story, evoking all thin blue pen-strokes for one tale and lush reddish-orange plant life and broad strokes for another, helping to really create different moods as you read—the plant life fills “1.Jenny” with life, echoing the fullnes
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Miriam
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is probably the first graphic short story collection I've read, and goddamn is it good. There's body horror, sci-fi, and some stuff that's poignant and emotionally acute.
Nate D
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Unexpectedly, the two stories about the digital media, 1.Jenny and Sexcoven, dig the deepest, both also with a kind of open page format pointing beyond strictly the comic format.
Matt Graupman
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Skim" and "This One Summer," two graphic novels by artist Jillian Tamaki and her writer cousin Mariko Tamaki, are among my absolute favorite comics, largely because of Jillian's beautiful work. With "Boundless," her new collection of short stories, Jillian shows off the full range of her drawing talents as well as her own distinctive storytelling voice. Her comics tend to be a little more "Twilight Zone"-y than her collaborations with her cousin, which is totally cool with me. And though I pref ...more
Courtney
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The ever-talented Jillian Tamaki's latest offering is a series of short stories from the perspective of women across a variety of settings and genres. Some of the tales are unsettling, some are emotional, some are even a little funny, all of them are compelling and unique in their own ways. Tamaki's fine storytelling is on full display here in this unassuming collection. Recommended for fans of thought-provoking short stories.
lucy  black
Really liked this. I don't usually like GN short story collections but this was great. Obviously some of the stories were better than others but the art was consistantly good and varied.
I loved the one about the shrinking woman and SEX COVEN yuss.
The people mostly seem shallow and a bit cruel but I think that is a bit of a relection of women worrying that they are shallow/cruel/cold.
Colona Public Library
I think the downside to this is that I'm usually not a fan of short stories. The ones I didn't like, I was glad that ended quickly. The ones I was interested in ended to quickly to really put the story together for me. Ultimately, I think this is worth the read. The art is nice and there were a few stories in here that I liked. ~Ashley
Maureen
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought I was a Tamaki fangirl before I read this but I was fucking WRONG this book is so good funny sad and weird I loved everything.
Mya
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent collection of strange and fantastical vignettes exploring modern day media and relationships. None of these are about our reality, per se, but all of them feel resoundingly familiar.
Edward Sullivan
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Provocative, emotional and bittersweet graphic stories examining nostalgia, consumption, obsession, social media, and identity.
Molly
The Tamakis' art just does me in. Every time. Even if I'm not wild about the story, I can't stop looking at their drawings.
Andrew
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The short comics collected in Boundless are largely about the restraints put on us by society, technology, relationships, and our own bodies. Tamaki is also obsessed with fandoms and subcultures. Two pieces revolve around cult movies or TV shows, and in the stand-out comic ("Sex Coven"), an anarchist commune centers its existence around the euphoric effects of listening to a mysterious 6-hour-long drone (discovered in mp3 format by a bored teen on a file-sharing service, natch). Not every comic ...more
hweatherfield
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Very artsy, imaginative, and dreamy - I really enjoyed this short collection of stories. Although I found it cloudy at times from its fragmented storytelling, I felt that this was necessary to help carry out its dreamlike sense of biographical recollections and fantasies of virtual experiences. The varied art styles also helped support this as well, and I enjoyed seeing Tamaki's range of artistic talent. My favorite stories are 1.Jenny and SexCoven (I also felt that these were the most cohesive ...more
Kate
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought I had found this title through a booklist of graphic novels dealing with depression and mental illness, but the stories here didn't fit that description. This is a collection of short stories in graphic format, unrelated to each other but all equally strange. My favorites were "Half-Life" in which a woman begins shrinking, and "1.Jenny" where a "mirror Facebook" appeared and one woman becomes obsessed with what her mirror self is doing. That story and several others had a Black Mirror ...more
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Jillian Tamaki is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Toronto. A professional artist since 2003, she has worked for publications around the world and taught extensively in New York at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is the co-creator, with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, of Skim and This One Summer, the latter of which won a Caldecott Honor in 2015. She is the author of the graphic novels S ...more
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