The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist – A conversation between Adrian Tomine and Michael Sheen

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist – A conversation between Adrian Tomine and Michael Sheen

23rd July 2020

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Hailed by Zadie Smith as having ‘more ideas in twenty panels than novelists have in a lifetime’, graphic novelist Adrian Tomine returns with The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, his first book since 2015’s hugely acclaimed and New York Times bestselling Killing and Dying

Join us for this special one-off live event with Adrian Tomine  in conversation with award-winning actor Michael Sheen, introduced by Angus Cargill, Publishing Director at Faber. 

Described by Alan Moore as ‘heartfelt and beautifully crafted’, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist sees Adrian Tomine explore his life in comics and beyond, through a series of exquisitely observed autobiographical sketches.

‘I couldn’t put this book down. Tomine’s vulnerability and willingness to share the cringiest moments of his life (ranging from juicy to uproarious to deeply healing) are a reminder to be braver, because what have you got to lose?’ LISA HANAWALT

‘A painfully honest and often hilarious view behind the curtain of the “glamorous” life of a cartoonist. Tomine draws on life’s stresses, embarrassments and achievements as he goes through an evolution of self-awareness. A must-read for Tomine fans and all aspiring cartoonists.’ RICHARD McGUIRE

Born in Sacramento in 1974, Adrian Tomine is the author of the acclaimed comic series Optic Nerve. His books include Shortcomings, Summer Blonde, Sleepwalk, Scenes From an Impending Marriage, New York Drawings and Killing and Dying, all of which are published by Faber in the UK. Since 1999, his comics and illustrations have appeared regularly in the New Yorker, where he has created more than a dozen iconic covers. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughters.

Michael Sheen has proved himself equally accomplished on both stage and screen. His many award-winning stage performances include Caligula and Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse and Hamlet at the Young Vic. He also co-directed and starred in the landmark production of The Passion of Port Talbot. His feature credits include The Queen, Frost/Nixon and Midnight in Paris, all nominated for Academy Awards, as well as The Damned United, The Twilight Saga and Far From The Madding Crowd. More recently, Sheen has appeared in Good Omens, Quiz and Staged

This event is brought to you by Faber Members in partnership with Waterstones.

Register for a ticket to this exclusive event and have the opportunity to ask your questions to both Adrian Tomine and Michael Sheen. Please submit your questions to

With every ticket for this exclusive event comes a £5 voucher towards your purchase of The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist when you buy a copy from Waterstones.

 This event will take place at 7–8 p.m. GMT/2–3 p.m. EST.