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Optic Nerve 13

Adrian Tomine

Acclaimed cartoonist Adrian Tomine (New York Drawings, Shortcomings) returns with a dazzling new issue of his two-decade-long comic book series! Optic Nerve #13 features three complete stories, each distinct in their tone and visual style. "Go Owls" is a dark comedy about 12-step programs, drug dealing, and minor league baseball. "Translated, from the Japanese," illustrates the diary of a young Japanese mother, caught between two countries and hovering on the precipice of divorce. "Winter, 2012" is an autobiographical glimpse into Tomine's home life and his ongoing struggles with the modern world. Throughout Optic Nerve #13, Tomine channels contemporary zeitgeist and vernacular to produce flawlessly designed, compellingly readable stories.

ISBN: 9781770461444

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New York Postcards: 30 Illustrations from the Pages of The New Yorker and Beyond

Adrian Tomine

ICONIC POSTCARDS FROM A BELOVED ILLUSTRATOR

Adrian Tomine's illustrations have graced the pages and covers of publications such as The New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine for more than a decade, offering a singular vision of an incomparable town. This set of postcards collects thirty of his most iconic images.

April / $14.95 / 4 x 5.75" / Box set with 30 postcards in it / Full color

ISBN: 9781770461598

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Summer Blonde (PB)

Adrian Tomine

The critic Dan Raeburn describes this book best, "Ten years from now, when respectable Gotham magazines are publishing Tomine's comics as short stories in their own right, you will have this book to prove that you were here first."
With a deft and romantic touch, Tomine portrays the emotional ambivalence of drifting, urban twenty-somethings in stunning black and white. His stories are appealingly naturalistic, stylishly cinematic, and emotionally rich. His fans accuse him of eavesdropping on their most intimate moments, exhibiting their insecurities with both forensic detachment and surprising compassion.

COLLECTS STORIES ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN OPTIC NERVE #'s 5, 6, 7, and 8.

ISBN: 9781896597577

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Summer Blonde Poster

Adrian Tomine

18 x 24" ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE

ISBN: SBPOSTER

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Scenes from an Impending Marriage

Adrian Tomine

February 2011

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED
to witness the hilarious true story of one couple's long march to the altar. Best known for his cover illustrations for The New Yorker and for the critically-acclaimed graphic novel Shortcomings, Adrian Tomine now opens the pages of his private sketchbook to reveal a witty, intimate account of the heady months prior to getting married. Through a series of comic vignettes, Tomine captures the amusing, taxing, and often absurd process of planning a wedding, as well as the peculiar characters and situations that he and his fiancee encounter along the way. Filled with incisive humor, keen observations, and unabashed tenderness, Scenes from an Impending Marriage is a sweet-natured document of the little moments leading up to the big day.

Hardcover, 4.25 x 5.5, black and white, 56 pages

ISBN: 9781770460348

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Shortcomings (PB)

Adrian Tomine

April 2009

"Tomine's genius is to strip his medium of every possible type of grandiosity or indulgence, and the result is that life itself floods in. His mise-en-scene rivals Eric Rohmer's in its gentle precision, and his mastery of narrative time suggests Alice Munro. Shortcomings, as near as he'd get to a grand statement, is as deceptively relaxed and perfect as a comic book gets." --Jonathan Lethem

"One of the most masterful cartoonists of his generation, 32-year-old Adrian Tomine's [Shortcomings] centers on Asian-American protagonist Ben Tanaka, a lonely, socially constricted man, longing to make a connection and spinning in the purgatory between youth and adulthood... equal parts poignant, hilarious, and sad." --The Village Voice


Ben Tanaka has problems. In addition to being rampantly critical, sarcastic, and insensitive, his long-term relationship is awash in turmoil. His girlfriend, Miko Hayashi, suspects that Ben has a wandering eye, and more to the point, it's wandering in the direction of white women. This accusation (and its various implications) becomes the subject of heated, spiralling debate, setting in motion a story that pits California against New York, devotion against desire, and trust against truth.

By confusing their personal problems with political ones, Ben and Miko are strangely alone together and oddly alike, even as they fly apart. Being human, all too human, they fail to see that what unites them is their shared hypocrisies, their double standards. This gray zone between the personal and the political is a minefield that Tomine navigates boldly and nimbly. The charged, volatile dialogues that result are unlike anything in Tomine's previous work or, for that matter, comics in general. But Shortcomings is no mere polemic. Any issues that are raised stand on equal footing with expertly-crafted plot turns, subtle characterization, and irreverent humor, all drawn in Tomine's heart-breakingly evocative style. What Tomine ultimately offers is more provocation than pronouncement--a brutal, funny, and insightful reflection of human shortcomings.

Shortcomings was serialized in Tomine's iconic comic book series Optic Nerve (issues #9-11) and was excerpted in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #13.

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Paperback, 112 pages, 6.5 x 9.25 inches, b/w.



ISBN: 9781897299753

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Optic Nerve #5

Adrian Tomine

Adrian Tomine's first full-length story is featured here. In "Alter Ago" (25 pages), a successful young writer becomes obsessed with finding the girl he had a crush on in high school; things become more complicated when he has to hide his strange obsession from his current girlfriend. 24 pages. First Printing: February 1998

ISBN: 9781894937351

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Optic Nerve #3

Adrian Tomine

"Dylan & Donovan" (11 pages), the first of four stories, recounts the difficult adolescence of two twin sisters and their life with an aging hippie father; in "Supermarket" (6 pages), a blind man attempts to befriend a young woman at the checkout counter; "Hostage Situation" (3 pages) is an account of a miserable bus ride with two unruly passengers; in "Unfaded" (3 pages), a young man ponders a life gone by after his grandfather is admitted to a senior's home. 24 pages. First Printing: August 1996. Second Printing: October 2001

ISBN: 9781894937337

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Optic Nerve #1

Adrian Tomine

"Great art and a soft, smooth page that's slick to the touch...reading Optic Nerve is like peeking into someone's diary or flipping through your favorite photo album." --New York Daily News

After self-publishing seven mini comics as a teenager, Optic Nerve became a regular comic book series when Adrian Tomine was only 20. His work developed steadily over the years, from the rough, sketchy drawings of his early mini-comics to the stark, crisp graphic approach of his D&Q series. Although his work is no longer strictly autobiographical, his contemporary stories are still deeply personal. Tomine creates a new cast of characters for each story, and he has become a master of penetrating their fragile exteriors.

This first D+Q issue features five stories: "Sleepwalk" (11 pages), an account of a young man's attempts to cling to an old, fading relationship; "Echo Avenue" (5 pages), where voyeurism is the pastime of choice as a couple peers into their neighbor's bedroom window; "Long Distance" (2 pages), a brief, powerful story about a woman's cold, distant conversations with her boyfriend; "Drop" (1 page), an account of an unfortunate incident by the author's father; and "Lunch Break" (5 pages), where a solitary elderly woman thinks back to happier times in the 1950's. 24 pages. First Printing: April 1995; Second Printing: February 1997. Third Printing: October 2001.

ISBN: 9781894937313

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Optic Nerve #7

Adrian Tomine

At the center of the story is Nessa, a beautiful young woman who finds herself besieged by the attention of three obsessive, lustful men. This complex "misanthropic soap opera" is told without narration, cutting back and forth between several concurrent plots that ultimately converge in a compelling conclusion. First Printing: July 2000.

ISBN: 9781894937375

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Optic Nerve Poster

Adrian Tomine

18 x 24 " ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE


ISBN: ONPOSTER

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New York Drawings

Adrian Tomine

A COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE NEW YORKER COVER ARTIST AND AWARD-WINNING CARTOONIST

Two strangers, both reading the same novel, share a fleeting glance between passing subway cars. A bookstore owner locks eyes with a neighbor as she receives an Amazon package. Strangers are united by circumstance as they wait on the subway stairs for a summer storm to pass.

Adrian Tomine’s illustrations and comics have appeared for more than a decade in the pages (and on the cover) of the New Yorker. Instantly recognizable for their deceptively simple and evocative style, these images have garnered the attention of the New Yorker’s readership and the approbation of such venerable institutions as the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.

New York Drawings is a loving homage to the city that Tomine, a West Coast transplant, has called home for the past seven years. This lavish, beautifully designed volume collects every cover, comic, and illustration that he has produced for the New Yorker to date, along with an assortment of other rare and uncollected illustrations and sketches inspired by the city. Complete with notes and annotations by the author, New York Drawings will also feature a new introductory comic focusing on Tomine’s experiences as a New York illustrator.

Hardcover, 8.125" x 11", Full-Color

ISBN: 9781770460874

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Optic Nerve #11

Adrian Tomine

In this long-awaited conclusion to Adrian Tomine's three-part epic, the story leaps across the country, taking place entirely in New York. All of protagonist Ben Tanaka's worst (and most amusing) traits are brought to the fore as his obsessive quest reaches a fever pitch. His best friend, Alice Kim, finds herself at an unexpected crossroads in her life, forcing her to make several life-altering decisions. But whatever happened to Ben's girlfriend, Miko Hayashi? That and many other answers are revealed as our protagonists walk and talk their way through the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan, all delineated in Tomine's evocatively pristine style.

ISBN: 9781897299227

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Optic Nerve #12

Adrian Tomine

September 2011

In the new, long-awaited Optic Nerve #12, award-winning Shortcomings cartoonist Adrian Tomine returns to the multiple short story format familiar from early issues of the iconic series. These full-color stories showcase Tomine's trademark humor and observational skill, making Optic Nerve #12 a great entry point for new readers. "A Brief History of the Art Form Known as Hortisculpture" deftly manipulates traditional comics idioms to tell a story of horticulture, patents, and misunderstood art forms, while "Amber Sweet" is a disconcertingly modern tale about a case of mistaken identity.

Full color, 40 pages

ISBN: 9781770460683

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Scrapbook

Adrian Tomine

The ultimate collection by one of the most recognized talents in graphic novels and includes over a decade of comics and illustrations by the still-under-30 Adrian Tomine, from Pulse to The New Yorker and Esquire, collected together for the first time in one sharply-designed book.

"Tomine is at the forefront of the younger generation of alternative-comics artists." --Booklist

"Adrian Tomine captures the pathos of young adulthood with vignettes exquisitely rendered in a sharp, comic-noir style." --Vibe Magazine


Scrapbook is the first comprehensive Adrian Tomine collection. Here you'll find the complete run of strips which was originally published in Tower Records' Pulse Magazine which Adrian started when he was only 17, along with comics originally published in Details and a host of other magazines of the past decade. A large section of scrapbook is dedicated to Tomine's extensive illustration and design work, featuring his best material over the years from virtually every major publication in America including The New Yorker, Details, Esquire, and the late JFK Jr.-edited George. Tomine's art has also graced popular album covers and posters for bands such as The Eels and Weezer and posters and it's all included here in this beautifuly packaged book.

ISBN: 9781896597775

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Optic Nerve #4

Adrian Tomine

Three stories are featured here: in Six Day Cold (11 pages), a man spends a tense, awkward evening with his ex-girlfriend after she comes over to his apartment to help nurse his sickness; "Fourth of July" (7 pages) recounts the story of a young boy who isolates himself as his parents are being separated; in "Hazel Eyes" (6 pages), a young woman tries to recreate her life after she realizes she has nothing in common with her friends. 24 pages. First Printing: April 1997. Second Printing: October 2001.

ISBN: 9781894937344

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Optic Nerve #9

Adrian Tomine

Optic Nerve #8 was selected for inclusion in the literary anthology "The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002" and Optic Nerve #9 will be excerpted in an upcoming issue of McSweeney's, edited by Chris Ware.

After a lengthy period of writing and planning, Tomine returns with his longest, most ambitious work to date. With a projected length of over 100 pages, this fictional story examines the troubled sex-life of a confused, obsessive, Japanese-American male in his late twenties, and his cross-country search for the perfect girl. This issue is the first of three chapters.


ISBN: 9781894937641

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Sleepwalk and Other Stories

Adrian Tomine

Collecting the first four issues of Adrian Tomine's acclaimed comic series Optic Nerve, this book offers sixteen concise, haunting tales of modern life. The characters here appear to be well-adjusted on the surface, but Tomine takes us deeper into their lives, subtly examining their struggle to connect with friends and lovers.

“Tomine is a master of pseudorealistic stories in the tradition of raymond carver. This understated, black-and-white collection should satisfy fiction aficionados in any medium.”— Library Journal

Brilliant... we know we’re in the hands of a major young comics artist—visually gripping and emotionally challenging." — Kirkus Reviews




ISBN: 9781896597126

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Optic Nerve #6

Adrian Tomine

With eight bonus pages, this extra-long issue features "Hawaiian Getaway", a single story comprised of thirteen chapters. Inventive in structure, the story details the events in a woman's life as circumstances turn her previously complacent existence upside-down, and her behavior grows more eccentric and erratic. 32 pages. First Printing: February 1999. Second Printing: October 2001

ISBN: 9781894937368

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Shortcomings (HC)

Adrian Tomine

"Tomine's genius is to strip his medium of every possible type of grandiosity or indulgence, and the result is that life itself floods in. His mise-en-scene rivals Eric Rohmer's in its gentle precision, and his mastery of narrative time suggests Alice Munro. Shortcomings, as near as he'd get to a grand statement, is as deceptively relaxed and perfect as a comic book gets." --Jonathan Lethem

"One of the most masterful cartoonists of his generation, 32-year-old Adrian Tomine's [Shortcomings] centers on Asian-American protagonist Ben Tanaka, a lonely, socially constricted man, longing to make a connection and spinning in the purgatory between youth and adulthood... equal parts poignant, hilarious, and sad." --The Village Voice


Ben Tanaka has problems. In addition to being rampantly critical, sarcastic, and insensitive, his long-term relationship is awash in turmoil. His girlfriend, Miko Hayashi, suspects that Ben has a wandering eye, and more to the point, it's wandering in the direction of white women. This accusation (and its various implications) becomes the subject of heated, spiralling debate, setting in motion a story that pits California against New York, devotion against desire, and trust against truth.

By confusing their personal problems with political ones, Ben and Miko are strangely alone together and oddly alike, even as they fly apart. Being human, all too human, they fail to see that what unites them is their shared hypocrisies, their double standards. This gray zone between the personal and the political is a minefield that Tomine navigates boldly and nimbly. The charged, volatile dialogues that result are unlike anything in Tomine's previous work or, for that matter, comics in general. But Shortcomings is no mere polemic. Any issues that are raised stand on equal footing with expertly-crafted plot turns, subtle characterization, and irreverent humor, all drawn in Tomine's heart-breakingly evocative style. What Tomine ultimately offers is more provocation than pronouncement--a brutal, funny, and insightful reflection of human shortcomings.

Shortcomings was serialized in Tomine's iconic comic book series Optic Nerve (issues #9-11) and was excerpted in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #13.

Click here to enter the Shortcomings mini-site!

ISBN: 9781897299166

$19.95 US / $19.95 CDN

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32 Stories: Special Edition Box Set

Adrian Tomine

April 2009

In 1991, Adrian Tomine self-published the first issue of Optic Nerve. Consisting of three sheets of paper, and with a print run of twenty-five, it was a less-than-auspicious, largely unnoticed debut. In the following three years though, Optic Nerve developed at a startlingly rapid pace: the artwork and writing evolved with each story, production quality improved, page counts increased, and by issue seven sales had reached 6,000. In 1994, Drawn & Quarterly took over the publishing duties on Optic Nerve, and the original seven stories were sold out and left out of print. 32 Stories presents those rare, early editions.

ISBN: 9781897299760

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Drawn & Quarterly 20th Anniversary TV on the Radio Poster

Adrian Tomine

Adrian Tomine created this poster to celebrate D+Q's 20th! hand silk screened poster+adrian+TV on the Radio= act now, as this is limited edition!

ISBN: DNQ906010129

$30.00 US / $35.00 CDN

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Optic Nerve #2

Adrian Tomine

Tomine offers four stories in this second issue: A lonely woman tries to find the man leaving cryptic messages for her in the Personals section of the newspaper in "The Connecting Thread" (4 pages); in "Summer Job" (15 pages), a teenager reluctantly applies for a job at a photocopy shop and then proceeds to waste the following two months; "Pink Frosting" (2 pages) provides a vivid and unsettling glimpse at the suggestion of violence murmuring beneath the surface during a traffic altercation; in "Layover" (4 pages), a missed flight forces a man to ponder his strained relationships with his lover and friends as he discreetly walks through his neighborhood waiting, afraid to announce to anyone that he has not left yet. 24 pages. First Printing: November 1995; Second Printing: February 1997. Third Printing: October 2001.

ISBN: 9781894937320

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Adrian Tomine Tote Bag

Adrian Tomine

100 % cotton tote bag, designed by Adrian Tomine exclusively for Libraire Drawn & Quarterly

ISBN: DNQ1111300421

$10.00 US / $10.00 CDN

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Optic Nerve #10

Adrian Tomine

This new issue of Optic Nerve, the second of a three part series, begins with our protagonist Ben Tanaka diving head-first into the world of dating, only days after his unwitting, long-term girlfriend has left for an internship in New York. We follow his awkward and often humiliating attempts at connecting with several young women, all of whom happen to have blonde hair and blue eyes. We also watch the life of Ben's best friend, Alice Kim, take several dramatic turns for the worse. The issue closes with another cliffhanger of sorts, setting the stage for a major shift in Ben's life and the story itself. This is Tomine's most ambitious work to date: funny, compelling, and compulsively readable.

ISBN: ON10

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Optic Nerve #8

Adrian Tomine

In this issue Tomine tells the story of two outcast teenagers and of the tense undercurrents that exist between them and the more popular group of students at school. This is the story that Dave Eggers chose to be included in the book "The Best American Non-Required Reading 2002" (Houghton Mifflin).

ISBN: 9781894937382

$3.50 US / $3.50 CDN

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