Adrian Tomine

in Sacramento, California, The United States
May 31, 1974



ADRIAN TOMINE was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California. He began self-publishing his comic book series Optic Nerve. His comics have been anthologized in publications such as McSweeney’s, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and his graphic novel "Shortcomings" was a New York Times Notable Book of 2007. His next release, "Killing and Dying" will be published by Drawn and Quarterly in October 2015.

Since 1999, Tomine has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughters.

Adrian Tomine isn't a Goodreads Author (yet), but he does have a blog, so here are some recent posts imported from his feed.

"The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist"

Adrian's new book arrives in stores and online on Tuesday, July 21. Please support independent booksellers and purchase the book HERE or from your local retailer. On Tuesday, Adrian will also be embarking on his first (and hopefully last) "virtual" book tour: a series of online conversations with an incredible group of friends, fellow artists, performers, critics, and more. Click on the "TOUR" Read more of this blog post »
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Killing and Dying: Stories

3.96 avg rating — 7,581 ratings — published 2015 — 16 editions
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3.64 avg rating — 12,171 ratings — published 2007 — 12 editions
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Summer Blonde

3.89 avg rating — 7,770 ratings — published 2003 — 13 editions
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32 Stories: The Complete Op...

3.98 avg rating — 4,936 ratings — published 1995 — 5 editions
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Sleepwalk and Other Stories

4.01 avg rating — 4,943 ratings — published 1997
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Scenes from an Impending Ma...

3.62 avg rating — 2,857 ratings — published 2011 — 8 editions
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Optic Nerve #1

3.90 avg rating — 1,945 ratings — published 2000
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New York Drawings

4.09 avg rating — 756 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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Scrapbook: Uncollected Work...

3.82 avg rating — 632 ratings — published 2004
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The Loneliness of the Long-...

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Optic Nerve #1 Optic Nerve #2 Optic Nerve #3 Optic Nerve #4 Optic Nerve #5 Optic Nerve #6 Optic Nerve #7
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“I think it’s nice if someone respects whatever their endeavor is, whether it’s dance or art or stand-up comedy, to not assume that they’re gonna be an overnight sensation, that it’s this great craft that takes a lot of hard work to get good at.”
Adrian Tomine

“I get the impression from some people that unless they get direct access to characters’ thoughts and realizations, either through thought balloons or narrations or some sort of showy action, then those thoughts and realizations never existed. Some of the story hinges on believing in the reality of it, that if someone is sitting silently in a chair, they’re not just sitting there completely brain-dead, that there is stuff happening internally that we as the observer don’t have access to.”
Adrian Tomine

“Any kind of art that seems to be just about normal people, it’s judged less by how good of a work of art it is, and more by how much the critic thinks that that is true to life. Which, you know, I think might be why something like Boyhood was so hugely praised, whereas something like Margaret was a little unfairly marginalized. There were people who said, “OK, well, I don’t relate to these characters,” or, “I think the way they speak is off from real-life” as opposed to saying, “Is what’s being expressed in it—is the emotional content true to life?” You can just look on Youtube and see clips into people’s real life very easily, so I’m actually more excited by that feeling of, I’m being immersed completely in this one guy’s view of the world. But, obviously, I get more excited talking about other people’s work than my own.”
Adrian Tomine

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