adrian tomine..he should be more famous soon.

22Mar08

My current favourite author/illustrator, Adrian Tomine just launched his official website here.

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The site itself is pretty blah, but if you haven’t read any of his stuff, I really recommend the Optic Nerve series, and its conclusive collective, Shortcomings. It’s basically about this guy, Ben Tanaka, who has this fascination with Caucasian girls, which understandably puzzles everyone around him including his Japanese girlfriend Miko, and lesbian best friend Alice. Yeah you know the deal, it’s a story of self-discovery, growing up, etc. Whilst spelling out the word ‘Caucasian’, I just realized how sly the last half of that word is. Anyway, Shortcomings ends the series (mostly focusing on stories 9 to 11,) and it’s really worth reading. He writes in a very relateable way that I find touching. Plus gorgeous illustrations to boot!

Oh oh and you have to get Summer Blonde for the story about Hillary and her prank phone calls. I have read that story 5 or 6 times and I always feel such a weird mix of happy/sadness in the end. If you like satirical, situational-comedy, with zingy conversation then read it. I had the pleasure of meeting him last year at Sophia Books and he signed my books so lovingly…i left with a mad crush-crush-crush…wouldn’t you?

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