The Wesleyan Argus

“Books the Feats Team Read Over Break” / Features Editor / Max Lee / January 25, 2016

In Killing and Dying, Adrian Tomine, a cartoonist and illustrator perhaps best known for his New Yorker covers, has created an impressive collection of short graphic stories.

The pieces range greatly in style, from the intricately drawn “Translated, from the Japanese,” to the newspaper comics styling of the opening story, “A Brief History of the Art Form Known as Hortisculpture.” The title story centers on an often bullied girl who wants to become a stand-up comedian. In the middle of the piece, her mother begins dying of cancer; at the same time, she begins killing. That story, like the rest of the book, is as funny as it is distressing. 

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