Sleepwalk and Other Stories
Subtle, bittersweet stories about loneliness, alienation, confusion, longing to belong, friendship and love and the loss of it.
Emotionally absorbing and evocative, yet I couldn't quite identify with so much desperation. ...more
Sleepwalk again proves that Tomine's ...more
Get ready for a cold, slimy shower of negativity, page after page.
If these stories were short films, they would sweep the board at the Cannes festival (note: this is the exact opposite of a compliment).
I’ve never understood the pleasure that people get from listening, reading or watching deeply depressing and totally pointless stories.
Matter of tastes. Sure. But for me, it’s “Get away from me, Tomine”. ...more
Tomine takes everyday mundane scenarios and turns them on their heads. He focuses on the breakdown of relationships, the socially awkward and the unpleasant side of catching public transport (I'm thinking of Hostage Situation).
There is something fundamentally poignant in all of the stories collected here and often leaves you taking a step back and attempting to assess the bigger picture or the wider message Tomine wants us to take away from his work.
I hav ...more
If you don't know Tomine, start here.
*plotless review, avoid looking elsewhere as blurbs about short stories tend unsurprisingly to spoil the plot of short stories*
Tomine's Optic Nerve Series:
#1-4 = Sleepwalk (sad and longing)
#5-8 = Summer Blonde (apathetic and jaded)
#9-11 = Shortcomings (jealous and frustrated)
#12-14 = Killing & Dying (realistic and fairly balanced)
For once, longer comic strips aren't always as good as shorter ones. For onc
I have to give credit to Jeremy Estes for lending me this book of illustrated vignettes, and to turning me on to "comics" in general.
Upon reading the conclusion of the first - eponymous - story in Sleepwalk my initial response was, "So what?" And I had the same response to the next story...and the next.
Then I realized, 'Hang on, I'm actually enjoying ...more
My personal favorite being Lunch Break. But all the stories are the kind of stories that really gel with me. They’re very intimate stories about the narrators who tell them. They fully utilize the comic medium intertwining the visual aspect with dialogue.
This is a small collection that I wouldn’t know about if I didn’t find it in a bargain bin at a comicon ...more
so I will approach this as a work of literature, short stories to be exact.
I always admire, revere and prefer minimalistic approach for many reasons most of which that it takes great talent to project so much
through a relatively small opening. and mostly because our lives are almost always extremely minimal. sadness that is daily and utterly ordinary is often heartbreaking.
this book (and its author) has ...more
Despondency can of course make for gripping drama but I couldn't help but feel beat down by the endings of most of these stories. They are perhaps too familiar to my own life and outlook sometimes and were generally without a message of comfort. Tomine's similarity to the likes of Daniel Clowes becomes very apparent in Sleepwalk, which is to say that ...more
What first attracted me was the stark cover and description which I thought looked like a modern take on an Edward Hopper painting. After reading this collection however, what it most reminded me of was one of my favourite short story collections; Richard Yates,' 'Eleven Kinds of Loneliness.' Largely because Tomine's characters were often portrayed as being lonely in the city, as Yates characters o ...more
A quick note: I'm drawn to dark ...more
These little slices of life - weird lives - are great. Cynical, noirish, sometimes a little hip, but always with a sly eye towards its hipster protags ... the tales feel like things that really happened to someone. I tend to like ambiguous endings, and Tomi ...more
Each of thes ...more
The one glowing exception to this is Lunch Break. It is one of the shortest stories in the book and has a beautiful three part structure. It will stick with me for a long time. Characters from the other stories with stick with me but the entirety of Lunch Break is held in my mind, perfect