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D+Q to publish Adrian Tomine's KILLING AND DYING

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Drawn & Quarterly has acquired world rights to Adrian Tomine’s next book, Killing and Dying, as announced on the New Yorker website today. Acquiring editor is Chris Oliveros. Killing and Dying will be published in October 2015, as part of the twentieth anniversary of Adrian Tomine’s critically-acclaimed Optic Nerve comic book series.

“D+Q first published Adrian Tomine’s comics in 1995 and in the ensuing two decades it’s been a real privilege to see how he has continued to evolve as an artist, a writer, and overall as a cartoonist,” writes Oliveros. “Killing and Dying just might be my favorite book by Adrian. We’ve come to expect from him an eloquent visual sensibility and insightful, complex storytelling, but there’s something else going on here: these stories are darkly funny, and they’re tinged with a very particular acerbic wit that we haven’t seen all too often before this.”

Killing and Dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics. “Amber Sweet” shows the disastrous impact of mistaken identity in a hyper-connected world; “A Brief History of the Art Form Known as Hortisculpture” details the invention and destruction of a vital new art form in short comic strips; “Translated, from the Japanese,” is a lush, full-color display of storytelling through still images; the title story, "Killing and Dying", centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand-up comedy.

Tomine has published seven books with Drawn & Quarterly and his works have been integral to the growth of the graphic novel medium; Shortcomings was a New York Times Notable Book of 2007, 2012’s New York Drawings and 2011’s Scenes from an Impending Marriage both appeared on the New York Times graphic bestseller list.

Killing and Dying will be distributed in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books. International rights are represented by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Literary Agency, and have been sold in the United Kingdom to Faber & Faber, in France to Éditions Cornélius, and in Italy to Rizzoli.

from Killing and Dying

About Adrian Tomine: Tomine was born in Sacramento, California. He began self-publishing his comic book series Optic Nerve when he was sixteen, and in 1994 he received an offer to publish from Drawn & Quarterly. His comics have been anthologized in publications such as McSweeney’s, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Since 1999, Tomine has been a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.