... a sterling example of how to use graphic storytelling to delve into the finer points of the human condition.Oliver Sava, The A.V Club
A brand-new issue of the groundbreaking comic book series, now celebrating its twentieth anniversary
Optic Nerve 14 brings Adrian Tomine’s multifaceted, expressive cartooning to a new peak with two stories and a bonus autobiographical strip. “Killing and Dying” is about a father’s struggles to be supportive: it centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand-up comedy. “Intruders” depicts a man obsessively trying to find his way back to a former life by revisiting places he once knew. Optic Nerve 14 will appear on the twentieth anniversary of Tomine’s beloved comic book series, in whose pages the landmark graphic novel Shortcomings was first published. Each story in Optic Nerve 14 reveals new dimensions to Tomine’s unique visual sensibility and complex, character-driven stories.
Praise for Optic Nerve 14
Tomine has long trafficked in stories about shame, embarrassment, and awkward relationships, but never in quite so stellar a fashion as he does here.Chris Mautner, The Comics Journal
... the mesmerizing power of Tomine’s stories is that each character’s struggle to take each heavy, hard-fought step is given the weight and time it deserves.Shea Hennum, Paste
Tomine is a master of the craft.Becca Sexton, Panels
Equally uncomfortable and exquisitely beautiful, this is the event comic I wait each and every year (or two) for.Comics Beat