Thursday, November 22, 2007

Adrian Tomine show at GRNY Gallery Dec 8

Google Adrian Tomine and you'll be given pages and pages of the many articles and interviews that have been written about him over the years. This prolific illustrator/comic book artist started creating a combination of autobiographical and fictional mini-comics at the age of 16, was hired to do a monthly strip by Tower Records at the age of 17, and began producing his acclaimed comic Optic Nerve for Drawn & Quarterly at the age of 20. I didn't know Adrian's work until I saw a poster for Optic Nerve in a comic book store here in Kansas City around 1998. I liked the poster so much that when I got home, I looked him up, found Drawn and Quarterly's website and ordered all the issues of Optic Nerve they carried - and I got a poster, too. Once I started reading, I was hooked instantly and have been ever since. In 2004, I picked up a copy of Scrapbook, (again, published by Drawn & Quarterly) which includes some of the strips he did for Tower Records, a bunch of the editorial illustration he's done (for clients like Esquire and The New Yorker) and a wonderful collection of sketches and drawings. His most anticipated work, Shortcomings, was released this fall. "The racially-charged, volatile dialogues delineated in Shortcomings are unlike anything in Tomine's previous work or, for that matter, comics in general." -Drawn & Quarterly

Shortcomings and Goings opens December 8, 6:30-10:00 at GRNY Gallery in New York. Adrian will be present at the opening and will be signing copies of Shortcomings. Wish I could be there!

(Image courtesy GRNY.)

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