Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Adrian Tomine Signing at Gosh! Comics

We’re thrilled to announce that Adrian Tomine, the supremely talented creator behind Optic Nerve, will be visiting Gosh! for his first ever UK appearance on Tuesday 3rd Februrary, 12.30 til 2pm. The indy superstar will be taking a long lunch to sign books and answer any questions you can throw at him.

A veteran of the underground scene Tomine kick started his career aged 16, self-publishing his ongoing series Optic Nerve. The quality of these early works quickly caught the attention of Drawn and Quarterly, and saw Tomine heralded internationally as a cult sensation. Drawing on a host of influences that include Jaime Hernandez and his buddy Daniel Clowes, he’s gone on to produce work that has won him a Harvey Award and a spot alongside Chris Ware as illustrator of choice at the New Yorker. Combining great visual flair with an unflinching eye for the human condition, he stands as one of the leading lights of the current breakout crop of creators. A position cemented by his most recent work, Shortcomings, collecting Optic Nerve Issues #9 to #11.

Praise for Shortcomings:

“Easily the most prodigious talent to burst on the alternative scene in several years”

Comics Journal

“Tomine's genius is to strip his medium of every possible type of grandiosity or indulgence, and the result is that life itself floods in. His mise-en-scene rivals Eric Rohmer's in its gentle precision, and his mastery of narrative time suggests Alice Munro. Shortcomings, as near as he'd get to a grand statement, is as deceptively relaxed and perfect as a comic book gets.”
- Jonathan Lethem
After the signing why not head over to ComICA to see him in conversation with Toby Litt? More information here!