May 13, 07
fans of trendy sad bastard comix like Ghost World or Jimmy Corrigan
Read in May, 2007
Such a right-on look at urban/suburban loneliness. We all may not have felt this way in our high school and college and 20-something years, but I sure have at times. Sure, the characters are whiny and self-pitying, but so are people who actually go through those situations. This is not as Raymond Carver-redux as everybody is claiming--for one thing, the situations are a little more unusual, where Carver really gets great mileage out of the banal and the utterly ordinary. No, this feels like classic lonely-dead-end-job art, a bunch of just-heartbreaking-enough little gems about how surreal the world can feel when the bottom drops out of your serotonin levels.
Tomine isn't my hero, but I recognize a little too much of myself in his work to have anything but some serious respect for his artistry.