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The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist by Adrian Tomine

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist

Adrian Tomine

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Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 21 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9780571357680

Through a series of exquisitely observed autobiographical sketches, Adrian Tomine explores his life in comics - from an early moment on the playground being bullied, to a more recent experience, lying on a gurney in the hospital, and having the nurse say 'Hey!

5 stars out of 5
29 Jul 2020

"He has an incredible ability to capture universal fears in a handful of minimal panels"

This careful attention to detail is indicative of his approach to storytelling. He has an incredible ability to capture universal fears in a handful of minimal panels – the fear of failure, the uncertainty of what we dedicate our careers to, and the everyday terror of navigating our lives. In the final section we get a glimpse into Tomine’s family life, with the beginnings of his relationship with Sarah, now his wife. While on a date, the pair sit opposite a couple who are coincidentally discussing his graphic novel Summer Blonde. It transpires that while the woman is a fan, her boyfriend most certainly isn’t. They eavesdrop as the irate stranger dismisses Tomine’s work as “Gen-X pseudo-profundity” and his writing as “pure writers’ workshop bullshit”. Sarah flies into a rage defending his honour, barely persuaded by Tomine to leave the restaurant. As they depart, he realises she is the woman he wants to marry.

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