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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770460349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770460348
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The sweet scenes in this little book are a contrast to the sometimes jaded tone of Tomine's work in the great Optic Nerve series and his previous books, Summer Blonde, Shortcomings, and Sleepwalk. Many have suspected an autobiographical subtext in those previous works, but this intimate tome is billed as the artist's "first nonfiction book." As such, it casts a gentle light on Tomine's nuptials and relationship with Sarah. The two are pictured discussing the guest list, DJ, seating arrangements—in short, all the nightmarish details of wedding planning—and throughout we see their personalities emerge. Adrian starts out insisting he doesn't really want to invite most of his friends, but then gets obsessed over every detail of the invitation's design. Meanwhile, Sarah navigates caterers, florists, and gift registries, fielding Adrian's oddball requests at every turn. We watch as the two get sucked into the vortex of wedding consumerism in spite of themselves. It's a familiar scene, but a sweet one, and the ending is as tender and satisfying as a wedding day should be. A lovely personal book from a great comics creator, and it's sure to end up getting unwrapped at many an engagement party. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Adrian Tomine is the author of Shortcomings, Summer Blonde, Sleepwalk, and 32 Stories. He is a New Yorker contributor and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This short comic book is made up of brief comic strips Adrian Tomine wrote/drew about his upcoming marriage to his wife Sarah. They take in things like planning for a wedding DJ, sorting out the wedding invites, worrying about what to wear, etc. In short the banal details of planning for such an event.

I love Tomine's work usually but this book (originally done as a party favour for the wedding guests) isn't as interesting as he and his nearest and dearest would like you to think. It's the usual stuff people who are planning a wedding go through and nothing more.

The book is also a really small hardback with about 48 pages. Cute and dinky, it's a great little gift if you were going to Tomine's wedding but as a comic book it's ordinary and unimpressive compared to his usual work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ed on March 5, 2011
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A short little comic on the trials of organizing a wedding. Might make a good gift to toss in with a wedding present. I guess I was hoping for a little more depth. Joe Matt, it ain't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy Shuping on June 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is my first time reading any of Adrian's work and while it isn't earth shattering or something that will drastically change the graphic novel world, it was an enjoyable book. Adrian originally created this as a wedding favor for the guests at his wedding and it provides an insightful look into what one couple goes through in planning their wedding. Adrian is often blunt in what he thinks and wants out of his wedding (so his wife to) and together they provide some laughs as they plan their wedding. All in all an enjoyable quick read.

I give this book only three stars for two factors:
One the price. It's a 50 page book and it's $10....so we're paying .20 cents a page? I just think they could have priced this a bit better.
Two the size of the book. I don't know if this was the original size or not, but it feels like the images got shrunk and everything is a bit cramped on the page. I would have liked to see it be just a little bit larger so it didn't feel quite as compact.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Chan on February 16, 2011
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Highly recommend for those planning a wedding, or have planned a wedding, or thinking about planning a wedding.... Funny, insightful and touching.
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By Danny Frazier on March 21, 2013
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I've loved Tomine for years. This collection perfectly translates those little hiccups, perfect moments, & frustrations that come with organizing a BIG DAY.
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