Name: Adrian Tomine, Seth
Date(s): June 2, 2009
Description: ADRIAN TOMINE and SETH
Two comics masters
discuss their craft
$5 tickets go on sale Tues., May 12th.
Harvard Book Store is honored to welcome two comics masters to the Brattle, ADRIAN TOMINE and SETH, for a discussion of their craft as well as the new offerings from each–the paperback edition of Shortcomings, a new boxed-set edition of 32 Stories, and SETH’s new George Sprott, 1894-1975.
“Tomine’s lacerating falling-out-of-love story is an irresistible gem of a graphic novel. Shortcomingsis set primarily in an almost otherworldly San Francisco Bay Area; its antihero, Ben Tanaka, is not your average comic book protagonist: he’s crabby, negative, self-absorbed, Ã¼ber-critical, slack-a-riffic…. In Tomine’s apt hands, Tanaka’s heartbreaking descent into awareness is reading as good as you’ll find anywhere…. Tomine accomplishes in one panel of this graphic novel what so many writers have failed to do in entire books. In crisp spare lines, he captures in all its excruciating, disappointing absurdity a single moment and makes from it our world.” —Junot Diaz for Publishers Weekly (starred)
AND…the comics that first launched Tomine into his luminary career is now out in a special-edition box set. Redesigned to coincide with the release of Shortcomings in paperback is a brand-new edition of Tomine’s first book, 32 Stories, which collects his inaugural mini-comics in a special edition. This onetime printing includes facsimile reprints of the seven mini-comics packaged in a slipcase, as well as an additional pamphlet containing a new introduction and notes by Tomine.
Adrian Tomine has also designed the new edition of legendary Japanese cartoonist Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s biographical A Drifting Life.
First serialized in The New York Times Magazine’s “Funny Pages,” in George Sprott, 1894-1975, celebrated cartoonist and New Yorker illustrator Seth weaves the fictional tale of George Sprott, the host of a long-running television program. The events forming the patchwork of George’s life are pieced together from the tenuous memories of several informants, who often have contradictory impressions. His estranged daughter describes the man as an unforgivable lout, whereas his niece remembers him fondly. His former assistant recalls a trip to the Arctic during which George abandoned him for two months, while George himself remembers that trip as the time he began writing letters to a former love, from whom he never received replies. Invoking a sense of both memory and its loss, George Sprott is heavy with the charming, melancholic nostalgia that distinguishes Seth’s work.
DATE: Tuesday, June 2nd
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street
TICKETS: Tickets for this event are $5 and can be purchased starting Tues., May 12th, online (below), at Harvard Book Store, or over the phone with a credit card (617.661.1515).
Location: Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA