The Killing and Dying softcover is in stores now!
Few books have wholeheartedly captured the imagination of readers quite like Killing and Dying. Released in 2015 to a slew of rave reviews, the new paperback edition of Killing and Dying is a brilliant reaffirmation of Adrian Tomine's pure, unadulterated talent. A collection of short stories that tap into that communal sense of anxiety and hopefulness of being alive in the twenty-first century, K&D turns ordinary experiences into something extraordinary.
If you're not already in awe of Adrian's work, this collection solidifies that sense of wonder. But rather than say too much myself, I thought I'd share some of the excellent critical commentary of the book from the likes of Zadie Smith, Chris Ware, and more.
"Adrian Tomine can draw, think, write and feel. He sees everything, he knows everything; he’s in your apartment, he’s on the subway, he’s in your dreams. He knows about aging baseball fans and delusional horticulturists, he knows hapless fathers and awkward nerd-girl stand-ups, he knows the single and the married, the mad and the sane, knows when to use a speech a bubble and when silence is enough. He has more ideas in twenty panels than novelists have in a lifetime."—Zadie Smith
"As a serious cartoonist, one secretly hopes to create “That Book”: a book that can be passed to a literary-minded person who doesn’t normally read comics; one that doesn’t require any explanation or apology in advance and is developed enough in its attitude, humanity and complexity that it speaks maturely for itself... Adrian Tomine’s Killing and Dying may finally be That Book, and I’m amazed and heartened by it."—Chris Ware
"Tomine’s lines are so clean and precise, his compositions so natural-looking, that it’s easy to treat his images as transparent vessels of meaning, the cellophane wrapper enfolding the tart, bright candy of the plot. But even his smallest, plainest panels are heavy with subtext, thick with unstated emotion and full of the kind of information that can never quite be conveyed in language."—A.O. Scott, New York Times Book Review
"Tomine may be my favorite comics artist — deft and subtle, with a bittersweet understanding of the tension between aspiration and loss...Moving, sharply rendered, these are comics where the real action takes place between the lines."—David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times
"Every panel is crisp, almost painfully clean in its rendering, and evocative of the emotions it doesn't actually show."—Douglas Wolk, Artforum
In stores now, Killing & Dying is a masterpiece. If you haven't read it: do it now! Also, make sure to catch his upcoming launch at Politics & Prose at the Wharf in Washington DC this Saturday, February 10th! Starting at 6 pm, Adrian will be in conversation with Linda Holmes, host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.
Lastly, captured by Adrian Tomine at last night's Books Are Magic launch in New York: a Shortcomings tattoo. Enjoy!