QC – Drawn + Quarterly Signing

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Press Release:

Acclaimed New York-based authors Adrian Tomine and Leanne Shapton return to Librairie D+Q for an event at the Rialto Hall on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Tomine’s New York Times bestseller KILLING AND DYING meditates on mortality, identity, and family in six interconnected stories. Published late last year, it appeared on over twenty best-of lists. Shapton’s modern relationship classic WAS SHE PRETTY? brings the reader deep into a circle of phantom exes complete with intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets, and sardonic anecdotes. Shapton won the 2012 National Book Critic’s Circle Award for Autobiography and co-authored Women in Clothes with Sheila Heti and Heidi Julavits in 2014.

The event will be followed by signing. Tickets available at the link.

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Rialto Hall
5711 avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC

MA – Graphic Novel Night

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Harvard Book Store welcomes illustrator and co-author of Women in Clothes LEANNE SHAPTON and Optic Nerve cartoonist ADRIAN TOMINE for a discussion of their graphic novels Was She Pretty? and Killing and Dying on Thursday February 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

About Was She Pretty?

What’s left when a relationship ends? Where does jealousy come from? Delicately and sensitively, Leanne Shapton (Swimming Studies) ruminates on ex-lovers, and our lovers’ ex-lovers. A few expressive pencil lines outline a long-abandoned winter coat here, an ineffably alluring Mona Lisa smile there. Each double page describes the way all exes are captured: as impossible to live up to as a Polaroid taken at a flattering angle.
This new paperback edition of Was She Pretty? brings the reader deep into a circle of phantoms: its intimate liaisons, embarrassing secrets, and sardonic anecdotes. Shapton introduces the obsessives and the dilettantes, the poets and the actresses, the people with great hair and the people with idiosyncratic clothes. As funny as it is insightful, Was She Pretty? speaks to a central human concern: How do we compare? Elegantly drawn and perfectly narrated, the pages of Was She Pretty? are a testimonial to the power of observation and misapprehension.

About Killing and Dying:

Killing and Dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics. With this work, Adrian 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 here: 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 in short comic strips; “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.

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.

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515

CA – Killing & Dying Signing

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Cartoonist Adrian Tomine appears at Skylight Books on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM!

Killing and Dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics. With this work, Adrian Tomine 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 here: 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.

Adrian Tomine was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California. He began self-publishing his comic book series Optic Nerve. His comics have been anthologized in publications such as McSweeney’s, Best American Comics, and Best American Non-required Reading, and his graphic novel Shortcomings was a New York Times Notable Book of 2007. Since 1999, Tomine has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughters.

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

CA – Killing & Dying Signing

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Join Pegasus Books on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM for a live Q&A with award-winning graphic novelist Adrian Tomine, who will discuss his newest graphic novel Killing and Dying. Tomine’s work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and his graphic novel Shortcomings was a New York Times Notable Book of the year. This event will be hosted by local comic artist Rina Ayuyang.

Pegasus Books Downtown
2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 649-1320

SF – Killing and Dying Signing

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Adrian Tomine presents Killing and Dying in-conversation with Vendela Vida at The Booksmith on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM!

Killing and Dying is a collection of interconnected and darkly funny stories told in comic form. Tomine’s gift for capturing intimate moments and subtle emotion is on full display in his latest collection of graphic shorts. A California native, Tomine is particularly adept at evoking a sense of place in just a few clean lines—you may recognize Oakland storefronts or BART stations alongside subways and skyscrapers. Dealing with issues of identity and hyperconnectivity, parenthood, mortality, and the daily struggles of contemporary life, Tomine’s characters—aging baseball fans, insecure comedians, horticulturists, out-of-touch parents among them—are artfully drawn, a cast of searchers and stumblers who you can’t help but recognize.

Adrian Tomine was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California. He began self-publishing his comic book series Optic Nerve. His comics have been anthologized in publications such as McSweeney’s, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and his graphic novel Shortcomings was a New York Times Notable Book of 2007. Since 1999, Tomine has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughters.

Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of four books and a founding editor of The Believer magazine. She is also the co-editor of Always Apprentices, a collection of interviews with writers, and Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence, a collection of interviews with musicians. Two of Vida’s novels have been New York Times Notable Books of the year, and she is the winner of the Kate Chopin Award, given to a writer whose female protagonist chooses an unconventional path. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, and since 2002 has served on the board of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring lab for youth.

The Booksmith
1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

PA – Killing and Dying/10:04 Signing

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Adrian Tomine (Killing and Dying) and Ben Lerner (10:04: A Novel) appear at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM!

“One of the most gifted graphic novelists of our time” (Wired), Adrian Tomine has a cult following for a variety of his acclaimed work. Perhaps best known for his long-running semiautobiographical comic book series Optic Nerve, he has also done many illustrations for The New Yorker, Esquire, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. His graphic novel Shortcomings was a 2007 New York Times Notable Book. In six interconnected morbidly funny stories, Killing and Dying explores loss, identity, and family dynamics.

Ben Lerner is the author of three poetry collections, including the National Book Award-nominated Angle of Yaw. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, was a 2011 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and his essays and criticism have appeared across a wide spectrum of periodicals. In 10:04, a “near-perfect piece of literature, affirmative of both life and art” (The Los Angeles Review of Books), Lerner wrestles with mortality, fatherhood, and a beset New York on the edge of underwater oblivion.

Free Library of Philadelphia – Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5322

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