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Killing and Dying (Paperback)
Six stories that show the wonders and the complications of everyday life. Tomine shows the serious side of wanting to be a stand-up comedian, makes fun of wanting to be a serious artist, and deals with interpersonal relationships, how they're made and how they're broken. They are bittersweet stories that give a lot to think, with simple illustrations, some in color and others in black and white.— From Stephanie
"[Adrian Tomine] has more ideas in twenty panels than novelists have in a lifetime.” —Zadie Smith
After enjoying over six months on the New York Times Bestseller list and receiving a rave review from the same institution, acclaimed cartoonist Adrian Tomine’s Killing and Dying is now available in paperback, with an updated cover and French flaps. With this work, 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: 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; “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.
Adrian 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.
About the Author
Adrian Tomine is the author of Scenes from an Impending Marriage, Shortcomings, Summer Blonde, Sleepwalk, 32 Stories, and the comic book series Optic Nerve. He is also an illustrator for The New Yorker, Esquire, and Rolling Stone, and his stories have appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading and An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Tomine lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“Pocket epics of romantic, creative and social frustration set in recognizably drab, drably picturesque American landscapes.”?New York Times
“[Tomine] is an emotional x-ray machine. All-seeing, all-knowing."?Guardian
“Deft and subtle, with a bittersweet understanding of the tension between aspiration and loss."?Los Angeles Times