Adrian Tomine at Cody’s in Berkeley

I finally got back from a fantabulous trip to the San Diego Comic Convention a few days ago, hence my absence on this fine blog for the past week or so. I’m a huge comics fan, and I may blog up something about the fabu indie comics scene in the Bay Area some time. When I was there, I got wind of an Adrian Tomine signing at Cody’s later today at 7:30 p.m. If you have not heard of Adrian Tomine, I urge you to pick up a few issues of Optic Nerve, the comics that garnered him a huge following and international fame. You can browse through a collection of his works here. Optic Nerve has been described as the definitive “emo comic” and certainly has quite an introspective feel. The stories are inspired from Tomine’s own life, and he is unusually self-deprecating about his work, as amazing as it is (His art is so intricate, it verges on fine art). Also, Tomine is Bay Area born and bred, and is just one of many fine artists who call the Bay Area their home.
Anyway, he’ll be having a signing/talk later today at Cody’s in Berkeley. Here’s the info about the event on their page:
in conversation with ELI HOROWITZ on SCRAPBOOK. Adrian Tomine has been writing and drawing the internationally acclaimed comic book series Optic Nerve for over a decade, earning a reputation as one of the country’s preeminent young cartoonists. For nearly as many years, he has pursued (and was pursued for) a variety of side projects both inside and outside of the comics industry. The best of this extracurricular work – including rare and unpublished strips, illustrations for such notable magazines as The New Yorker and Esquire, album covers, posters, advertisements, and private sketchbook pages – is collected for the first time within SCRAPBOOK. A comprehensive survey of a professional career in progress, SCRAPBOOK is a revealing, visually impressive document of an artist’s versatility and evolution. Tomine’s previous books include Summer Blonde. Joining Adrian this evening is Eli Horowitz, managing editor of McSweeney’s. 7:30 PM at Telegraph Avenue. (FRIDAY, JULY 30)
Hope to see you there!

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