NYC – Optic Nerve Signing

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Join New Yorker cartoonist Adrian Tomine (New York Drawings, Shortcomings) and Drawn & Quarterly at Bergen Street Comics on Thursday, August 1st beginning at 7PM for the release of a dazzling new issue of the two-decade-long comic book series, Optic Nerve. Issue #13 features three complete stories, each distinct in their tone and visual style. “Go Owls” is a dark comedy about 12-step programs, drug dealing, and minor league baseball. “Translated, from the Japanese,” illustrates the diary of a young Japanese mother, caught between two countries and hovering on the precipice of divorce. “Winter, 2012″ is an autobiographical glimpse into Tomine’s home life and his ongoing struggles with the modern world. Throughout Optic Nerve #13, Tomine channels contemporary zeitgeist and vernacular to produce flawlessly designed, compellingly readable stories. Come on by and pick up your copy, and be sure to toast the artist with a glass of bubbly. We hope to see you here!

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Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

ON – Graphic Novels Debut

October 19, 2012 by  
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Adrian Tomine, Charles Burns, and Chris Ware appear at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 8:30 pm.

Press Release:

Prepare to welcome three of the most respected graphic novel creators in the world, as Charles Burns (Black Hole), Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve), and Chris Ware (Acme Novelty Library) visit Toronto this November to debut their new books. These three contemporaries and friends will each show an all-new audio/visual presentation based on their new works, both interacting with one another and the audience. This is the centerpiece autumn event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of venerable Toronto comics and alternative culture shop The Beguiling, at the nearby newly renovated Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St. W.) in the heart of the Annex neighborhood.

Sure to be the talk of the literary world this fall and winter, these three new releases blur the lines between ‘traditional’ graphic novels, illustration, and the publishing avant-garde!

Charles Burns’ stunning follow-up to 2010’s bestselling X’ed Out is The Hive. It takes readers further into the recesses of the diseased world of X’ed Out, shattering the boundaries between comics and the people who read them.

Adrian Tomine’s New York Drawings collects over a decade of the comics, illustrations, and covers produced by the artist for publishing institution The New Yorker, alongside a number of other rare and uncollected pieces in a lavish oversized hard cover.

Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth has been hailed as a modern literary masterpiece, and Building Stories is Ware’s first and much-anticipated graphic novel length follow-up. Ware experiments further with form and medium: the story is a literal box. Beautifully presented as variously formatted and sized comics, graphic novels, newspapers and pamphlets, the ensemble creates a fascinating and compelling portrait of a seemingly ordinary young woman, and the building where she lives.

All three of these compelling arguments for the necessary survival of the printed word will be on sale at The Beguiling in advance of this event, each on different release dates (see below).

Admission to the 25th anniversary event is $10, but admissions tickets are free (while supplies last) with every advance purchase of any of the above new books at The Beguiling.

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, M5S 1Y3, ON

QC – Librairie D+Q 5th Anniversary

October 16, 2012 by  
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Charles Burns, Adrian Tomine, and Chris Ware appear at the Ukrainian Federation on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Tickets: $5.00 at the link.

Press Release:

The Librairie Drawn + Quarterly is all grown up and ready to party! Join us at the Ukrainian Federation for a celebration of our Mile End bookstore’s birthday. We are incredibly honoured to be welcoming master cartoonists Charles Burns (The Hive), Adrian Tomine (New York Drawings), and Chris Ware (Building Stories) to Montreal to discuss and sign their brand new books.

Ukrainian Federation
5213 Rue Hutchison, Montreal, Quebec H2V 4B4

CA – New York Drawings Signing

September 20, 2012 by  
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Cartoonist Adrian Tomine signs at Skylight Books on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Tel: 323.660.1175

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Award winning cartoonist and illustrator, Adrian Tomine, appears at Pegasus Books Downtown on Friday October 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm to present New York Drawings: A decade of comics, illustrations, and sketches from the pages of The New Yorker and beyond.

Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

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Cartoonist Adrian Tomine signs at Ada Books on Wednesday October 3, 2012.

Ada Books
717 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
(401) 432-6222

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Adrian Tomine signs at Harvard Book Store on Thursday October 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes cartoonist and illustrator ADRIAN TOMINE for a discussion of his latest book, New York Drawings.

Two strangers, both reading the same novel, share a fleeting glance between passing subway cars. A bookstore owner locks eyes with a neighbor as she receives an Amazon package. Strangers are united by circumstance as they wait on the subway stairs for a summer storm to pass.

Adrian Tomine’s illustrations and comics have been appearing for more than a decade in the pages (and on the cover) of The New Yorker. Instantly recognizable for their deceptively simple and evocative style, these images have garnered the attention of The New Yorker’s readership and the approbation of such venerable institutions as the Art Directors Club and American Illustration.

New York Drawings is a loving homage to the city that Tomine, a West Coast transplant, has called home for the past seven years. This lavish, beautifully designed volume collects every cover, comic, and illustration that he has produced for The New Yorker to date, along with an assortment of other rare and uncollected illustrations and sketches inspired by the city. Complete with notes and annotations by the author, New York Drawings will also feature a new introductory comic focusing on Tomine’s experiences as a New York illustrator.

Harvard Book Store 
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

NYC – New York Drawings Signing

September 10, 2012 by  
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Adrian Tomine appears at McNally Jackson on October 2, 2012 at 7:00pm.

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Join McNally Jackson and Drawn & Quarterly for the Manhattan launch for New York Drawings with cartoonist Adrian Tomine.  This lavish, beautifully designed volume collects every cover, comic, and illustration that the acclaimed cartoonist as produced for The New Yorker to date, along with an assortment of other rare and uncollected illustrations and sketches inspired by the city. At the launch, Tomine will read from the book and present a slideshow detailing his work for the storied magazine and insight into his artistic process. Signing to follow.

McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street (between Lafayette & Mulberry), New York City, NY 10012

NYC – New York Drawings Art Show

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Adrian Tomine appears at the powerHouse Arena for a reception and book signing on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 7:00–9:00pm.

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, September 6­–Sunday, September 23
Join the celebrated cartoonist for an exhibition of his illustration and comics. The exhibition is in conjunction with the publication of New York Drawings, a collection of work published in The New Yorker along with rare and uncollected New York-inspired images and sketches.

The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

APE 2011 Swings in to San Francisco October 1-2

September 29, 2011 by  
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APE Swings in to San Francisco this Weekend

The comics centric event features a stellar guest list, programming, free shuttle bus service

San Francisco – The Alternative Press Expo (APE), the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, arrives in San Francisco this weekend, October 1–2, for what promises to be one of the most exciting events to date. Every year APE boasts an impressive guest list, and this year’s lineup is no exception. Special guests appearing include award-winning cartoonists Shannon Wheeler, Kate Beaton, Daniel Clowes, and Adrian Tomine. APE is held at the Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street in San Francisco.

Additional special guests include Matthew Thurber, whose book 1-800 MICE makes its West Coast premiere at the event. The new book is a collection of the critically acclaimed first five issues of Thurber’s comic book series, with 64 pages of new material. And special guest Craig Thompson also makes a long-anticipated return to the graphic novel medium with his new book Habibi debuting this week. Habibi marks seven years since Thompson’s Blankets, which won numerous industry honors in 2004, including two Eisner Awards.

“We are excited to have such inspiring and accomplished guests at APE this year,” said David Glanzer, APE spokesperson and director of marketing and public relations for parent company Comic-Con International.

In addition to the impressive guest list, APE features two full days of comics programs geared around the show’s special guests and various aspects of independent and alternative comics. These programs promise to be fun, informative, and enlightening conversations with some of the top creative talent working in comics today. And if that were not enough, APE also offers a fascinating, and informative group of hands-on workshops covering everything from comics writing to world building, self-publishing, and bookbinding.

This year APE introduces its first-ever free courtesy shuttle bus service. Attendees can travel from Caltrain, BART, and the San Francisco Centre shopping mall and food court to the Concourse Exhibition Center, with a shuttle leaving every half-hour. Click here for schedules and locations.

            Advance tickets for APE are $10.00 single day, $15.00 both days and can be purchased by clicking here.

 

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About Alternative Press Expo:

Alternative Press Expo (APE), the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to the San Francisco-based APE each fall, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and WonderCon in Anaheim, California, this spring. On the web: Comic-Con.orgFacebook.com/APExpoTwitter.com/APExpo.

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