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Shortcomings (2007)

by Adrian Tomine

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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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  Saretta.L | Jan 21, 2014 |
Yes, you may not like the characters in Shortcomings. They may seem annoying, whining hipsters (is that what they are called in the bay area?) with racial hang-ups and immature college attitudes. But the dialogue and flow of the story is impeccable. Tomine has avoided some of the common mistakes in graphic novels today: Characters are not having unintentionally awkward and unbelievable conversations, neither are drawings seem unnaturally done to accommodate long monologues. In the end, you get a well-written and well-told story of a bunch of characters centered around the perpetually complaning Ben. Ben is not very likable, I admit. Nor his skirt-chasing lesbian best (only?) friend. Nor his inert girlfriend. But Ben is fascinating as he verbalizes the politically INcorrect stuff about race and about relationship dynamics. Perhaps because Ben is not so likable, we want him to be wrong about everything, but really, he is not always wrong, and he is not always just being an asshole. He is sometimes an asshole, and sometimes other people are assholes to him. He certainly has to figure some things out and clear his head a bit. ( )
  bluepigeon | Dec 27, 2013 |
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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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