This year, Drawn & Quarterly celebrates its 25th anniversary, and Adrian Tomine, one of its most influential and acclaimed authors, celebrates his 20th year of publishing Optic Nerve. Tomine is part of the indie-comic pantheon—alongside people like Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, and Charles Burns—and it is an event any time he releases an issue of his one-man anthology comic (usually about one every year or so).
In recent issues of Optic Nerve, Tomine has stretched himself formalistically, trying out autobiographical stories in gag strip formats and allowing his signature crisp inking style to loosen up significantly. His realistic observational tales of dating and self-discovery have grown up with him into tales of parenthood and self-reflection. Issue #14 includes two short stories, one about a father struggling to be supportive of his child and the other about a man revisiting his past through the places he once knew. Like with all Optic Nerve stories, these will eventually find their way into a graphic novel collection later this year.