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Killing and Dying (2015)

by Adrian Tomine

Series: Optic Nerve (12-14)

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A showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics.

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Deeply touching and sad stories, told in a simple yet powerful way, with a visual narrative simple but rich in styles and with a lot of small revealing details (e.g. the length of people's hair to describe the passing of time). A great author. ( )
  d.v. | May 16, 2023 |
Adrian Tomine understands the psychology of the average, if slightly twisted, person. And, more importantly, he knows how to utilize comics to show this. He's funny, dark, sad, angry, optimistic, lonely, and just about every other shade of human emotion we regularly experience. This short-story collection isn't better than any of his other works, but still shows how great his talent is nonetheless.

Favorite Quote: "[I've been visiting my old house a few times now. I don't own it, the owners don't know me. My last visit I found a fallen old lady clattering across the kitchen floor.] I locked the door behind me when I left. I listened for sirens, almost hoping that I'd hear them. I walked up the block, into the stream of oblivious, happy people with their families, their shopping, their chatter. And starting right there, I tried my best to become one of them." (Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine, Pg. 121)
  AvANvN | Mar 27, 2023 |
A collection of stories that is my fave Tomine in years. His art and writing both seem to have gotten looser and more playful, a welcome respite from what had become a perhaps-too-perfectionist and stiff style. These stories are emotional and elegant but also often fun and laugh-out-loud funny. Really great stuff. ( )
  francoisvigneault | May 17, 2021 |
Tomine's best since Optic Nerve. ( )
  Smokler | Jan 3, 2021 |
"it was ok" ( )
  Jetztzeit | May 15, 2020 |
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Death creeps in around the edges of Mr. Tomine’s new book, casting a sometimes barely perceptible shadow.
It’s a story that gets down so deeply to the heart of where stories come from that there’s no way to get back out without tearing something inside. It will also make you want to hug your child or your spouse.
added by lobotomy42 | editThe Guardian, Chris Ware (Nov 19, 2015)
The characters are hardly caricatures; their lives are messy, scattered with minefields, yet they’re trying not to give up hope. And their fates are left to our imagination. What will become of them? Who knows? But we want to know.
added by lobotomy42 | editSFGate, John McMurtrie (Nov 5, 2015)
Like Bechdel, Tomine has a great sense of balance between the visual and the verbal; his default style is one of clarity and precision (the influential ligne claire of Hergé), but he's willing to alter his drawings in interesting and thoughtful ways to suit his aims, crowding his pages tighter in a story about a claustrophobic relationship ("Go Owls") and emptying them out for an ephemeral, light-footed immigration one ("Translated, from the Japanese").

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Faber Stories put out an edition of Intruders, which is one story from Killing and Dying. Please do not combine that edition with this one, which includes more stories. I don't have a good read on translations into other language editions (Intrusos, Les Intrus). I have placed them with Intruders, but please feel free to correct this note and combine them back if those editions belong with Killers and Dying.
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A showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics.

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