Killing And Dying by Adrian TomineKilling And Dying by Adrian Tomine

Killing And Dying

byAdrian Tomine

Hardcover | October 6, 2015

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One of the most gifted graphic novelists of our time. - WiredKilling and Dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics. With this work, Adrian Tomine ( Shortcomings, Scenes from an Impending Marriage ) reaffirms his place not only as one of the most significant creators of contemporary comics but as one of the great voices of modern American literature. His gift for capturing emotion and intellect resonates here: the weight of love and its absence, the pride and disappointment of family, the anxiety and hopefulness of being alive in the twenty-first century.
"Amber Sweet" shows the disastrous impact of mistaken identity in a hyper-connected world; "A Brief History of the Art Form Known as Hortisculpture" details the invention and destruction of a vital new art form in short comic strips; "Translated, from the Japanese" is a lush, full-color display of storytelling through still images; the title story, "Killing and Dying", centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand-up comedy. In six interconnected, darkly funny stories, Tomine forms a quietly moving portrait of contemporary life.
Tomine is a master of the small gesture, equally deft at signaling emotion via a subtle change of expression or writ large across landscapes illustrated in full color. Killing and Dying is a fraught, realist masterpiece.
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....
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Title:Killing And DyingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 9.64 × 6.82 × 0.91 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Drawn & QuarterlyLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It's a decent graphic novel for people that don't normally read them.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Neat Graphic Novel I can't remember reading a graphic novel by Tomine before, though his art seemed so familiar that I must have come across his work in an anthology or magazine in the past. I also can't remember having ever read a collection of graphic short stories, but it seems like kind of a no-brainer for the graphic medium to adopt the trends of its closest relative, literature. Make no mistake, Tomine isn't messing around with piddly concepts and thoughts, he's swinging for the literary fences with this one. from Amber Sweet As is the case with many short story collections, you've got a mixed bag. If you remember anything from early math education (as I certainly don't), then you'll recall that one's chance of pulling a desired item out of a bag is proportional to the amount of that desired item in the bag compared to the amount of the other items in the bag. That's clumsy, but what I'm trying to say is that Tomine has filled this collection with enough desirable short stories that it always seemed unlikely I'd find something I didn't like. These stories vary in subject matter and, to some degree, colouring and art style. They are different enough that I was never hoping for Tomine to re-tread ground he had covered well in his other stories. Instead of "playing the hits", Tomine takes a stab with six different stories united by the characters' search for what they want from their lives. from Translated, from the Japanese Translated, from the Japanese (pictured above) is an understated letter written by a mother to her son about their trip from Japan to California. We never see the mother or son, rather we are treated to shots of the quotidian life that they encounter on their journey. This is the shortest story in the collection, but is a good example of the sort of understated approach Tomine takes in these comics. Almost without fail, the stories were told in first person and I was able to immerse myself in the lives of these men and women. By and large, these are stories of people struggling with everyday life during different points in their lives. In the eponymous Killing and Dying we see a father struggle to support and connect with his daughter while his wife slowly dies of an unnamed disease. In the opening Hortisculpture we see a man's mid-life crisis embodied in an ill-advised art project. All of these stories are buoyed on a sea of black humour, which kept me from bemoaning what could have been a dull series of tales about the monotony of life. I didn't much care for the last story, Intruders, and I'll admit that Hortisculpture went on a bit too long for my tastes. With all of that said, this would be a lovely addition to anyone's graphic novel collection, especially those in search of more "serious" experimentations in graphic literature. Also, this all comes bound in a beautiful hardcover wrapped in a translucent dust jacket. Pretty stuff for those who love to look at their bookshelves. I liked this one quite a bit, and I'd definitely recommend picking it up for anyone at all interested in Tomine's work.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down As a fan of his previous work, I was not disappointed with Tomine's latest work. It's both beautiful visually and emotionally, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!
Date published: 2015-12-27

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Praise for Optic Nerve

"Adrian Tomine's Optic Nerve [is] smart, understated and with a subtle yet pointed bite . . . Merging straight realism with an impressionistic sense of narrative, his stories are . . . highly structured and defined." ? Los Angeles Times

"[ Optic Nerve ] is a sumptuous showcase of Tomine's precision draftsmanship." ? A.V. Club