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Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine

Shortcomings (2007)

by Adrian Tomine

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The best thing about this graphic novel is Tomine's great skill in drawing. His lines and shadows are stark and mirror the cool ennui and distress emoted by his characters. Ben and his girlfriend are at each other's throats throughout, and it's hard to tell who is more annoying. Ben's interactions with her, with his friend Alice, and with everybody else make us ponder about stereotypes, ethnic identity, and problematic masculinity. ( )
1 vote poetontheone | Sep 21, 2015 |
Themes: Post-racial politics, Racist love, Interracial dating
  jdear | Sep 11, 2015 |
Pretty entertaining. The main character, who seems at least partly based on the author, is an unrelenting asshole, but the other characters keep letting him know about this, so it must be intentional. ( )
  AThurman | Dec 7, 2014 |
Engrossing from beginning to end, this short graphic novel tells the story of a roughly 30 year-old Ben Tanaka and as his struggles for identity and love take him from the West Coast to the East Coast and back. What feels like a very realistic, moving and depressing depiction of a failing relationship, searches for new ones, and debates over identity, prejudice, and stereotyping. Plus an excellent lesbian sidekick character. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |

The main character was lacking in depth and I found him highly annoying, which disrupted my interest in the story. Some of the other characters were also left dangling in terms of development. Tomine is a good artist, though, and his neatly-drawn panels kept me turning the pages. I find it easier to finish a mediocre graphic novel than to finish a mediocre prose novel. Read this one in about 20 minutes while sitting in the library. ( )
  S.D. | Apr 5, 2014 |
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When Miko moves temporarily to live and study in New York she leaves behind Ben, a confused, obsessive, 30 year old theatre manager who finds himself desperately trying to answer the big questions. But aided only by his promiscuous friend Alice, and spending increasing time with his new employee Autumn, things only seem to get more confusing. Does he know what he wants? Is he everything Miko accuses of him? Should he follow her to New York?A painful, charming and stunningly illustrated look at the realities of modern relationships. Shortcomings is one of the most brilliantly subtle, witty and moving graphic novels around.… (more)

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