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Killing and Dying Stories One of the most gifted graphic novelists of our time WiredKilling and Dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss creative ambition id

  • Title: Killing and Dying: Stories
  • Author: Adrian Tomine
  • ISBN: 9781770462090
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the most gifted graphic novelists of our time WiredKilling and Dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics With this work, Adrian Tomine Shortcomings, Scenes from an Impending Marriage reaffirms his place not only as one of the most significant cr One of the most gifted graphic novelists of our time WiredKilling and Dying is a stunning showcase of the possibilities of the graphic novel medium and a wry exploration of loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics With this work, Adrian Tomine Shortcomings, Scenes from an Impending Marriage reaffirms his place not only as one of the most significant creators of contemporary comics but as one of the great voices of modern American literature His gift for capturing emotion and intellect resonates here the weight of love and its absence, the pride and disappointment of family, the anxiety and hopefulness of being alive in the twenty first century Amber Sweet shows the disastrous impact of mistaken identity in a hyper connected world A Brief History of the Art Form Known as Hortisculpture details the invention and destruction of a vital new art form in short comic strips Translated, from the Japanese is a lush, full color display of storytelling through still images the title story, Killing and Dying , centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand up comedy In six interconnected, darkly funny stories, Tomine forms a quietly moving portrait of contemporary life.Tomine is a master of the small gesture, equally deft at signaling emotion via a subtle change of expression or writ large across landscapes illustrated in full color Killing and Dying is a fraught, realist masterpiece.

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    1. Paul Bryant on said:

      Bloody hell I kind of want my money back but I don’t really but I do. This book is now the record holder for fastest time between discovering its existence, ordering it, getting it and reading it. And the part that took the shortest time was reading it. Well, nearly. It took me about 40 minutes and that was because I was draggin it out looking at the lovely pix and admiring the panel design and all the cool detail that Adrian Tomine puts into his exquisite stuff. So like this is a four point f [...]

    2. David Schaafsma on said:

      This is a gorgeous artifact. Hard cover book with amazing packaging, cover. And inside? The best artwork Tomine has done. Some of us know him through his multiple New Yorker covers, some of them collected in New York Drawings. Elegant. Clearly connected in various ways aesthetically to his friend Chris Ware, who can almost match for elegance and tone both artistically and thematically.I loved his earlier, no less carefully done work, most of it in Summer Blonde, Sleepwalk and Other Stories, Shor [...]

    3. Jan Philipzig on said:

      I've always enjoyed Adrian Tomine's clear lines and subtle, slightly twisted character designs up to a point. I guess I am attracted to the pretty pictures and intrigued by the psychological insight we have come to expect from his stories, but have remained unconvinced that those elements ultimately amount to all that much. The short stories collected in Killing and Dying, culled from the pages of Optic Nerve #12-14 and Kramers Ergot #7, by and large obsess about human quirks and frailties in ty [...]

    4. Sam Quixote on said:

      Adrian Tomine’s latest book Killing and Dying collects issues #12-14 of his series Optic Nerve and comprises six stories, almost all of which are superbly written/drawn. I’ll get the one story I didn’t love out of the way first: Translated, From the Japanese, which reads like a prose poem about a memory from long ago being related from a mother to her child. A lot of Tomine’s stories in this book are very evocative but this one was openly trying for it and it didn’t work. Instead it ca [...]

    5. Glenn Sumi on said:

      Eight years after his masterful graphic novel Shortcomings, Adrian Tomine expands his range considerably in this exquisite collection of stories, each with a distinct look and mood.In the opening story, "A Brief History Of The Art Form Known As 'Hortisculpture,'" a feckless gardener comes up with a bizarre idea for an art project, even though no one supports him. The intentionally lightweight presentation - mostly four-panel comics leading to a punchline - helps the tragicomic material go down e [...]

    6. Matthew Quann on said:

      I can't remember reading a graphic novel by Tomine before, though his art seemed so familiar that I must have come across his work in an anthology or magazine in the past. I also can't remember having ever read a collection of graphic short stories, but it seems like kind of a no-brainer for the graphic medium to adopt the trends of its closest relative, literature. Make no mistake, Tomine isn't messing around with piddly concepts and thoughts, he's swinging for the literary fences with this one [...]

    7. Sarah on said:

      A great collection of 6 short stories. Out of the three graphic novels I've read in this series this was by far the most enjoyable. The illustrations, stories and general quality of the book were A+ and left me wanting more.

    8. Anthony Vacca on said:

      it's fitting that Adrian Tomine designs New Yorker covers because he writes and illustrates New Yorker stories: i.e. short stories focusing on fairly privileged and fairly bland individuals caught up in the self-importance of their own fairly trite daily struggles until fairly uneventful denouements wrap up each of their tales. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate Tomine. He does bland and unlikable people quite well, and his drawing style is very uniform and pleasing to the eye. But there is a lack [...]

    9. Elizabeth A on said:

      This graphic novel is a collection of six stories, and they all deal with regular people, and their dreams and despair. No super heroes, no villains, no happily-ever-afters, and that is what I liked about these stories. They seemed liked snippets of people's lives that you might learn about if you spent a long plane ride with them. The art is wonderful, but I think it's just me - I'm not a fan of short stories, and while I liked most of these, not one of them really stayed with me after I finish [...]

    10. Lily on said:

      Another great collection from one of my favorite graphic novelists. Killing and Dying contains six of Adrian Tomine's short stories, all of which (I believe) have been pulled from his Optic Nerve series. Each of his stories is rife with complex family dynamics, with shame, loss, fear, uncertainty, and every other emotion that comes along with failure. They are undeniably some of the most realistic stories I've ever read."Translated, from the Japanese" was my favorite. It chronicles the inner mon [...]

    11. Kamila Kunda on said:

      I enjoy reading graphic novels from time to time and Adrian Tomine with his newest collection of six graphic short stories is brilliant. I love his drawings and find him very skilled at showing a variety of emotions through nuances. He is also an amazing storyteller, able to convey more in the bubbles in the drawings than many novelists do in hundreds of words. He is particularly moving handling the notion of disappointment, the way life doesn't turn out to be as we wish. An extremely satisfying [...]

    12. Sebastien on said:

      These are all stories about alienation, isolation, sadness. I usually hate stuff like this, but I connected with Tomine's stories here. I dug the characters, I don't know how he does it, but he makes you connect and care for them. He has a very deft touch in his storytelling, good pacing, nuanced, quiet Also, I am not usually into this type of art style, meticulous, clean, very measured mechanical lines. I'm not saying it's not beautifully executed, because it is beautiful, wonderful composition [...]

    13. Oriana on said:

      Oh man, Adrian Tomine was my very first graphic novelist, not counting Maus. I spent one summer working at an outdoor book stall in Central Park, occasionally selling art books and maps to tourists, but mostly just reading, reading, reading. I devoured The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime in one shift, tore through much of The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, consumed John Henry Days, The Bloody Chamber, and, with violent despair, Summer Blonde. God, that book. He's great in this one, to [...]

    14. David Yoon on said:

      A collection of graphic short stories that show what the medium can do. Each is a unique, somewhat melancholic examination of living in the 21st century. I love how Tomine uses illustrations to tell a story as well. In “Translated, from the Japanese” we never see the characters in the story - just glimpses of what they see. And in Killing and Dying a secondary, heartbreaking story is told without words that culminates quietly with a blank panel that’s seems a minor hiccup but encompasses w [...]

    15. Jamie on said:

      A collection of short stories in graphic novel form. Beautiful and spare, the art is pitch perfect and sublime, and the stories are all subtle but painfully relatable. A great way to spend an hour. (Killing and Dying refers to stand-up comedy, so don't be too alarmed).

    16. Varsha Ravi on said:

      Just one story that I actually liked from this collection (Amber Sweet), rest of it were really forgettable. Wouldn't recommend.

    17. Roxanne on said:

      I was drawn to this mainly because the hardcover version is a beaut, so even if the book sucked, aesthetically it had already won me over. There are six stories, and there is a likely chance that one of these stories will resonate with you on some level so be prepared for that. It's not the cheeriest of reads but there is humour to some of the stories. My fave was Hortisculpture i don't know why it just got to me, the whole idea of even if you really want something to happen and you try your bes [...]

    18. Megan on said:

      These are all a bit sad. I really like how the deaths of people in most of these stories are not at all the center of the story, as it highlights how much death and dying is just a part of everyone's life, and how dealing with this really hard thing terribly is actually pretty common. I thought the 3rd story, Go Owls, was my favorite but also the saddest - truthfully it might have been my favorite because I thought it was the saddest. The 4th one I honestly didn't really understand on first or s [...]

    19. Tuck on said:

      i first came upon tomine from reading nonrequired reading 2012 (the horitsculpture story) The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 and think it is best of this collected works, but all of tomine are beautifully drawn, both pictures and characters, and though very sad, also very funny, and good twists to satisfy the most self-satisfied out there. talks about 'american' life mostly and how we are so good at turning away from love, or cynically using love as a con to get over on somebody else. ca [...]

    20. Book Riot Community on said:

      Tomine is one of today's most gifted illustrators and creators, and this graphic novel is another remarkable showcase of his talent, which explores grief and loss and life in the twenty-first century. Not to be missed.Tune in to our weekly podcast dedicated to all things new books, All The Books: bookriot/category/all-the-

    21. Matthew on said:

      These little moments are like illustrated outlines of a Carver story.

    22. James DeSantis on said:

      Well due to it being a bunch of one shot stories of course not every one will hit. So we have a story of a guy trying to show his art, his craft to the world, but no one likes his ugly ass plants. Then we have another story about a mother traveling overseas writing basically a letter to her son. We have one where a girl is trying to be a comedian and her father and mother have different view points on it. Then we have one about a woman and a guy meeting at a AA meeting, both damaged, and both fa [...]

    23. Carlos De Eguiluz on said:

      4.5Bastante bueno, aunque resultó un tanto corto para mi —¿exigente?— gusto.

    24. Trav on said:

      Killing and Dying is a collection of six graphic short stories which examines the frailty and melancholic aspects of the human condition in contemporary society. Tomine's writing is extremely evocative; it is spare, yet dense, and his stories really pack a punch. I enjoyed all six stories but the Hortisculpturist was by far my favourite. This was my first Tomine read and it certainly won't be my last.

    25. Bert on said:

      Apart from Sweet Amber, which i liked mucho, the rest just passed the time nicely.

    26. Stewart Tame on said:

      There's an indefinable quality to Tomine's stories that resists easy summary. It's particularly evident in "Go Owls", where the scenes seem to begin late and end early, just a bit more so than one would expect. It adds a sense of unbalance and unease that works well with the story. There's also some playing with time evident in "Killing and Dying", where the breaks between the scenes turn out to encompass more time than you might expect. His characters feel very real, very ordinary. Some of the [...]

    27. Paul on said:

      Adrian Tomine's comics are brilliant gems in this medium. This collection underscores their brilliance yet again. Each of the six stories has a mixture of emotions that is carefully crafted into a story of depth and poigniance. Tomine's art is tight, deep, defined and does not overwhelm the linguistic portion of the story. This work reiterates the storytelling potential of comics, or sequential art, if you will. It takes the upfront, literal structure of the story and weaves visual elements thro [...]

    28. Tony on said:

      It's a joy to experience something created by a master of his craft, and Tomine, for my money, is the greatest artist and writer working in comics today. These stories are beautiful and sad and funny, and drawn with such delicate precision, each with its own art style. When was the last time a comic book made you cry?

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