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Optic Nerve #1

(Optic Nerve #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,858 ratings  ·  13 reviews
"Great art and a soft, smooth page that's slick to the touch...reading Optic Nerve is like peeking into someone's diary or flipping through your favorite photo album." --New York Daily News

After self-publishing seven mini comics as a teenager, Optic Nerve became a regular comic book series when Adrian Tomine was only 20. His work developed steadily over the years, from the
Paperback, 24 pages
Published by drawn and quarterly (first published 2000)
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Mark Victor Young
Jun 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This collection of five underground-style graphic short stories is a remarkable start for this newcomer to comics. Adrian Tomine, now 20 years old, has been self-publishing his comics since he was sixteen, and he writes well beyond his years. The most promising thing about this young artist is that this is his first widely-distributed comic and he has already shown so many strengths to build upon that he will just keep getting better.

The stories in "Optic Nerve" are bleak, realistic stories abo
Yasmin Rahman
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-comics
Stark, dreary, nihilistic...real. Very moving stories, but didn't particularly care for the art.
Matt Graupman
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adrian Tomine’s comics are so polished nowadays, it’s kind of remarkable to see how rough and raw his stuff still kind of looks in this first issue of his rebooted Drawn & Quarterly-backed one-man anthology series, “Optic Nerve.” You know, comparatively. It’s still obviously a Tomine book, though, because there’s plenty of cringeworthy romantic interactions, dry humor, and ennui. Also, his less-is-more approach to storytelling, the ability to suggest so much in just a few panels, was so well ...more
Emil Reiling
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the all the stories in this series. Adrian Tomine, one of the best.
Jerry Ghazali
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gambaran kehidupan yang menyedihkan dan Adrian Tomine sebagai seorang yang realist dengan sengaja memberi pengakhiran yang kabur untuk setiap darinya. Pengakhiran yang kabur barangkali bagi pembaca yang tidak berusaha akan berfikir kesedihan itu suatu perasaan berpanjangan dan tiada kesudahan. Bagi pembaca yang sentiasa dahagakan kekaburan ala Adrian Tomine, mereka percaya kekaburan itu sengaja diwujudkan untuk mengajak pembaca berfikir dan mengubah sendiri kesinambungannya sekaligus isu yang ag ...more
Michael Palkowski
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
There is so much character and subtlety involved in each vignette that each has it's own power in evoking well known but often poorly expressed feelings. The endings are fantastically edited to create an unrealistic craving for closure, which is never granted, just like the majority of life and most meaningful relationships.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
stories that left thinking because of their vague endings. I guess Tomine wants us to create our own interpretation endings or just want to troll us bothered by the ending. IDK.

I love the underground comic styles. And I still love floppies!
Feb 13, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked these, some stories seem to work better than others with the "no ending" thing. I must admit I was enjoying it but not loving it, until the last one, he got me with that one, damn.
Kevin English
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Why no ending?
Rachel Drrmrmrr
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I really like these short blips.
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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 Q ...more

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