32 stories: the complete Optic nerve mini-comics
In 1991, Adrian Tomine self-published the first issue of Optic Nerve. Consisting of three xeroxed sheets of paper, and with a print run of twenty-five, it was a less-than-auspicious, largely unnoticed debut. In the following three years, though, Optic Nerve developed at a startlingly rapid pace: the artwork and writing evolved with each story, production quality improved, page counts increased, and by issue seven, sales had reached 6,000. In 1994, Drawn & Quarterly took over the publishing duties of Optic Nerve, and the original seven issues sold out and were left out of print. 32 stories presents these rare, early editions, collected for the first time in a single volume.
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ACCURATELY TRANSCRIBE actually ADRIAN TOMINE Alive and Kicking ALLERGIC Amy story ANYWAY artwork BACK BROTHER California CALLED CARTOONIST COMIC BOOKS COMPLETE OPTIC NERVE COOL DEAN Drawn and Quarterly DRYER EXPERIENCE fictional FUCK high school humor inspired INTERACTION Issue four issue of Optic issue seven issue six issue three JACKET JUiT KEROUAC KINDA Kinko's KNOW LAPY LIFTER LIVING ROOM Mete MORNING NIGHT NlUlft OPTIC NERVE MINI-COMICS Patriotism Is Alive PEANUT Pictures by Adrian PRATT PRETTY print run PRODUCED purists RODNEY run of twenty-five Sacramento SEEMED self-published SHIT sketchbooks SLEEP small-press Solitary Enjoyment SOPHOMORE STARTED STAYING AWAKE STEPHANIE story in issue strip STUFF STUPID TAKEN CONTROL TALK TAPE THING THINK TOLD Train I Ride tried TRUTU WANT WEEK WOKS write and draw WUEN Xerox Y'KNOW