Shortcomings

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Macmillan, Oct 2, 2007 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 108 pages
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FROM THE PREEMINENT CARTOONIST OF HIS GENERATION, THE MOST ANTICIPATED GRAPHIC NOVEL OF 2007

Shortcomings, Adrian Tomine's first long-form graphic novel, is the story of Ben Tanaka, a confused, obsessive Japanese American male in his late twenties, and his cross-country search for contentment (or at least the perfect girl). Along the way, Tomine tackles modern culture, sexual mores, and racial politics with brutal honesty and lacerating, irreverent humor, while deftly bringing to life a cast of painfully real antihero characters. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Tomine has acquired a cultlike fan following and has earned status as one of the most widely acclaimed cartoonists of our time.

Shortcomings was serialized in Tomine's iconic comic book series Optic Nerve and was excerpted in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #13.

 

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Review: Shortcomings (Optic Nerve #9-11)

User Review  - Brandon Barrett - Goodreads

this book has taken heat- I sat down to read this trying not to hate the characters before i had even seen them on the page. I knew people who had ranted long and hard when this came out, calling ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
10
Section 2
32
Section 3
48
Section 4
64
Section 5
74
Section 6
80
Section 7
87
Section 8
115
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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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