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THE DISCOVERY

Graphic-novel stories feel both real and otherworldly

In Toronto-based cartoonist Jillian Tamaki’s collection of short stories in graphic novel form, a beloved movie carries a possible curse, a mysterious alternate Facebook appears showing other paths lives might take, bedbugs strain a marriage, a six-hour music file of unknown origin inspires a cult, and a woman finds herself shrinking into invisibility. “Boundless’’ (Drawn and Quarterly) feels at one time wholly of this moment and otherworldly, presenting a reality that’s tilted slightly of its axis. Her evocative drawings are intimate, energetic, in moments loose and casual, in others tight and finely rendered. If Kelly Link or Aimee Bender were graphic novelists, these are the sorts of stories they might produce.

NINA MACLAUGHLIN