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“New tites from Diamond” / Diamond Comics / Diamond Comics / April 10, 2003

Title: Optic Nerve
Issue Number: #5
Writers’ and Artists’ Names: Adrian Tomine
Format: comic book
Retail Price: 2.95
Ship Date: August 15th, 2003
Synopsis: What happens when the young artist gets an early taste of success? Anxiety gets the better of him and he flirts with personal disaster, in the shape of an old crush’s much younger sister. Can his hard-won achievements redeem the pain of the past or will this attempt to recover the past just wreck his future?

Title: Optic Nerve
Issue Number: # 1
Writers’ and Artists’ Names: Adrian Tomine
Format: comic book
Retail Price: 2.95
Ship Date: August 15th, 2003
Synopsis: The first issue of Optic Nerve the comic book. Surprisingly sophisticated short stories and strips that mark the graduation of Optic Nerve from the mini-comic to a full size publication. Outstanding glimpses into the emotional lives of 20somethings through love, kink, fear, loss, and lunch.

Title: 32 Stories
Writers’ and Artists’ Names: Adrian Tomine
Intended Audience: Mature audiences
Format: graphic novel, paperback 6x9" 98p
Retail Price: 12.95
Ship Date: August 15th, 2003
Synopsis: This little book collects the entire Optic Nerve mini comics 1991-1994 and is a must-have for any Optic Nerve fan. Trace his development from the first pieces that caught the public attention to the later highly poised and polished stories. Hilarious comics like Adrian’s story of being a guest on the Jane Pratt show, his "Sleep = Waste", and Adrian’s story of life with peanuts, "Allergic", can’t be found anywhere else. A perennial bestseller, featuring a lengthy introduction from the author.

Title: Sleepwalk
Issue Number:
Writers’ and Artists’ Names: Adrian Tomine
Intended Audience: Mature audiences
Format: graphic novel, paperback 7x10" 104p
Retail Price: $15.95
Ship Date: August 15th, 2003
Synopsis: The best selling D&Q book ever is back--this ever-popular collection of the first four Optic Nerve comics gathers 16 short stories in one slick new paperback edition. Everyone appears to be well adjusted but Adrian Tomine reveals in every story that just under the surface things are terribly awry. This book includes the fan favorite, Dylan & Donovan, the twins at ComiCon.

Title: Optic Nerve
Issue Number: #9
Writers’ and Artists’ Names: Adrian Tomine
Intended Audience: Mature audiences
Format: comic book
Retail Price: $3.95
Ship Date: August 15th, 2003
Synopsis:
Adrian Tomine is one of the best-known and well-respected cartoonists in alternative comics with a wide and varied readership. This is his hotly anticipated new Optic Nerve issue. This issue initiates Tomine’s longest, most ambitious work to date, a three-issue story arc. With a projected length of +100 pages, Tomine will examine the troubled sex-life of a confused, obsessive, Japanese-American guy and his cross-country search for the perfect girl.

Special Notes: First new Optic Nerve issue in over a year. Full page Previews ad for this title and Summer Blonde PB. This is our top series.


Title: Summer Blonde
Issue Number:
Writers’ and Artists’ Names: Adrian Tomine
Intended Audience: Mature audiences
Format: graphic novel, paperback 8x10.5" 132p
Retail Price: 16.95
Ship Date: August 15th, 2003
Synopsis: Drawn & Quarterly’s best-selling book of 2002 is going to be a blockbuster in 2003 when it comes out in paperback with gorgeous new cover art and design. This collection of the last 4 Optic Nerve issues drew raves from all over including the Guardian, Village Voice, NY Times and LA Times. Adrian Tomine’s best work to date featuring subtle sophisticated storytelling and beautifully nuanced art. Be the first on the block to stock the must-have book of the summer.

Special Notes: Full page Previews ad for this title and Optic Nerve #9.

Title: Optic Nerve
Issue Number: #8
Writers’ and Artists’ Names: Adrian Tomine
Intended Audience: Mature audiences
Format: comic book
Retail Price: 3.25
Ship Date: August 15th, 2003
Synopsis: The first Gulf War is the background for this unsettling tale of high school anxiety. Some students struggle for acceptance, while others struggle to accept themselves. But all the while, the adult world around them seems to be falling apart. The aptly titled issue "Bomb Scare" was selected for Dave Eggers’ 2002 Best American Non-Required Reading Anthology bringing wider exposure then ever to one of alternative comix best known names.
 

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