As a big fan of short story collections and graphic novels, I was immediately intrigued by the idea of a book of graphic short stories. I recognized Adrian Tomine’s art from his wonderful New Yorker covers, but here he demonstrates an ability to switch up his style depending on the needs of his story. Some are done in the style of newspaper serials, some in a more contemporary realism, but each one beats with an undeniable humanity, full of pain and beauty, humor and heartache. Visually and emotionally striking, Killing and Dying isn’t like anything I’ve ever read. — From Joseph's picks
"[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