Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Reader's Diary #1865- Jillian Tamaki: Boundless

I was a big fan of Jillian Tamaki's art when she collaborated with her cousin Mariko Tamaki on both Skim and This One Summer, so I was very curious to know how I'd take to her work when she was solely responsible for both art and writing.

At first I wasn't sure and was even surprised that I wasn't even enjoying the art aspect. The first few stories felt rushed and experimental. However, I started to get into them and in the end I'd say I'm still a fan.

Essentially these were short stories, many of which have a weird twist (a woman keeps shrinking away into nothing, teens are getting "high" from a sound-file downloaded from the internet) and there's equal doses of subtle wit and ennui.

The art is varied enough so that in addition to complementing the varied plots, also kept things visually interesting.

And sure, I didn't enjoy the first couple or so stories, but like with any short story collection, we pick and choose our favourites.

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