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Summer blonde: four stories
Tomine, Adrian, 1974-
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Publication Information:
Montréal : Drawn and Quarterly ; London : Turnaround, 2002.
Physical Description:
132 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"The stories presented here were originally published in issues five through eight of Adrian Tomine's comic book series Optic Nerve" -- T.p. verso.
Alter ego -- Summer blonde -- Hawaiian getaway -- Bomb scare.
Added Uniform Title:
Optic nerve.
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Adrian Tomine's cult comic series Optic Nerve is finally collected into one sharply designed volume. In stories that are appealingly naturalistic, stylishly cinematic and emotionally rich, Tomine portrays the emotional ambivalence of drifting, urban 20-somethings, exhibiting their insecurities with both forensic detachment and surprising compassion.

Author Notes

At age 27, Adrian Tomine has been producing his Optic Nerve series for over 10 years. His visually gripping and emotionally challenging stories define a new Gen X sensibility.

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Booklist Review

Tomine is at the forefront of the younger generation of alternative-comics artists; now in his mid-twenties, he began publishing at age 16. Known for his clear, direct drawing and acute scrutiny of his contemporaries, Tomine has an understated approach, light on plot but rich with memorable characterization. The young protagonists of these four stories range from alienated to out-and-out misanthropic and include a successful but shy novelist who seeks out the girl he was obsessed with in high school; a lonely woman who loses her job and veers into erratic behavior; and a pair of high-school outcasts who improbably wind up together. Tomine shows them dealing with bad attitudes, bad choices, and bad sex. The narratives pick up at seemingly arbitrary points in the characters' lives and end just as abruptly. They are snapshots of lives just gathering steam. Tomine's figures look a bit stiff, and sometimes his panels are cramped, but that isn't inappropriate to depicting the constricted lives of his not particularly likable but always sympathetic characters. --Gordon Flagg

Table of Contents

Alter Egop. 9
Summer Blondep. 35
Hawaiian Getawayp. 69
Bomb Scarep. 101