Sleepwalk and Other Stories

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Drawn & Quarterly Publications, Jun 1, 2004 - Fiction - 102 pages
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Collecting the first four issues of Adrian Tomine's acclaimed comic series optic nerve, this book offers sixteen concise, haunting tales of modern life. The characters here appear to be well-adjusted on the surface, but Tomine takes us deeper into their lives, subtly examining their struggle to connect with friends and lovers.
Adrian Tomine was born on May 31, 1974. He has produced two other book collections, 32 Stories and Summer Blonde, and he continues to publish new material in his comic book series Optic Nerve. The stories in this book have been translated into various languages worldwide. Tomine's comics and illustrations have also appeared in a variety of magazines, including The New Yorker, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Details, Fast Company, and Giant Robot. He lives in Berkeley, California. Collecting the first four issues of Adrian Tomine's acclaimed comic series Optic Nerve, Sleepwalk offers sixteen concise, haunting tales of modern life. The characters here appear to be well-adjusted on the surface, but Tomine takes us deeper into their lives, subtly examining their struggle to connect with friends and lovers. "Tomine works with the deft, terse strokes of a short story writer, following a small idea or a simple notion to its logical, and usually poetic conclusion. [He] has a cinematic knack for finding the proper composition, the telling angle to capture these pensive instants . . . Your heart skips along with those of Tomine's characters."—New City Literary Supplement "Perfect, emotionally absorbing stories . . . Restrained text and mesmerizing art."—Shift "Tomine has rocketed to prominence among America's young cartoonists . . . In these narratives, we see a keep, expanding intelligence at work . . . untempered by compromise."—Wired "A perfect post-Valentine gift for overlooked hearts everywhere . . . Reading Optic Nerve is like peeking into someone's diary or flipping through your favorite photo album."—The New York Daily News "Optic Nerve mines the depths of human expression and emotion . . . Tomine has the eye of a director, skillfully guiding readers through frames and sequences with fluid transitions and unique angles . . . An emotional whirlpool."—The Rocket "Brilliant . . . we know we're in the hands of a major young comics artist—visually gripping and emotionally challenging."—Kirkus Reviews "Tomine is a master of pseudorealistic stories in the tradition of Raymond Carver. This understated, black-and-white collection should satisfy fiction aficionados in any medium."—Library Journal

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Good artwork, but very pedestrian stories. - Goodreads
No "Happy Endings" here. - Goodreads
Nice art and nice insight. - Goodreads
A great introduction to Tomine's work. - Goodreads
If anything, do it for the pretty pictures. - Goodreads
Kinda like Bukowski (but not at all) with pictures. - Goodreads

Review: Sleepwalk and Other Stories (Optic Nerve #1-4)

User Review  - Al Gandy - Goodreads

Bittersweet and often completely heartbreaking. A quick read, but these gorgeous vignettes leave a lasting impression. Favorite story: Six Day Cold Read full review

Review: Sleepwalk and Other Stories (Optic Nerve #1-4)

User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

Some were better than others; overall though, not my favorite piece of graphic work. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Adrian Tomine is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and lives in Brooklyn, New York. His illustrations have appeared in myriad publications, including "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,

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