- Hardcover: 132 pages
- Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly; illustrated edition edition (June 15, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1896597491
- ISBN-13: 978-1896597492
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tomine is at the forefront of the younger generation of alternative-comics artists; now in his mid-twenties, he began publishing at age 16. Known for his clear, direct drawing and acute scrutiny of his contemporaries, Tomine has an understated approach, light on plot but rich with memorable characterization. The young protagonists of these four stories range from alienated to out-and-out misanthropic and include a successful but shy novelist who seeks out the girl he was obsessed with in high school; a lonely woman who loses her job and veers into erratic behavior; and a pair of high-school outcasts who improbably wind up together. Tomine shows them dealing with bad attitudes, bad choices, and bad sex. The narratives pick up at seemingly arbitrary points in the characters' lives and end just as abruptly. They are snapshots of lives just gathering steam. Tomine's figures look a bit stiff, and sometimes his panels are cramped, but that isn't inappropriate to depicting the constricted lives of his not particularly likable but always sympathetic characters. Gordon Flagg
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"Emotionally adroit...Summer Blonde is compulsive melancholy" --Village Voice Literary Supplement
"...has the kind of detail and romantic yearning which has made Tomine a cult figure to the still young and the kind of artistry which has made him a classic storyteller to anyone of any age." --San Francisco Chronicle
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I wonder if today's 20-somethings will be able to relate to any of this?
Tomine specializes in characters who feel both utterly normal and like the worst bits of ourselves dragged up to the light -- he has a genius for portraying an awkward self-loathing that feels completely real. These four stories are about very different protagonists, but they all share a certain loneliness and an anger/resentment that bubbles up in different ways.
A really fabulous read, if sometimes painful.
I'd love to give it a five star review, but the author did too good a job making me feel creeped out by the end of it.
please buy if you have any interest and if with shipping it comes out to around $8!!!
not to say it is only worth that much, but if it will only cost you that little then please pay!!