The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist

Adrian Tomine

WINNER OF THE 2021 EISNER AWARDS – Best Graphic Memoir and Best Publication Design

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WINNER OF THE 2021 EISNER AWARDS – Best Graphic Memoir and Best Publication Design

‘Adrian Tomine has more ideas in twenty panels than novelists have in a lifetime.’ ZADIE SMITH

A hilarious and occasionally heartbreaking memoir.’ Irish Times

Through a series of exquisitely observed autobiographical sketches, Adrian Tomine explores his life — from an early moment on the playground being bullied, to a more recent experience, lying on a gurney in the hospital, and having the nurse say ‘Hey! You’re that cartoonist!’

Self-deprecating, honest, and above all else, humorous, Tomine mines his conflicted relationship with comics and writing, and people at large, and once again animates the absurdities of modern life and how we choose to live it.

Critic Reviews

In this heartfelt and beautifully crafted work, Adrian Tomine presents the most honest and insightful portrait you will ever see of an industry that I can no longer bear to be associated with.

Alan Moore
Critic Reviews

A wonderful book about feeling morbidly self-conscious while also longing to connect with other people, even though it doesn’t always?i.e. usually doesn't?work out the way one wants it to. It perfectly captures what it's like to be a cartoonist, and also what it's like to be a person.

Roz Chast
Critic Reviews

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
Critic Reviews

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
Critic Reviews

A charming, occasionally maddening ledger of our profession's unrelenting parade of indignities.

Michael DeForge
Critic Reviews

In this deeply self-aware, darkly funny memoir, Tomine recounts the highlights of his career through a series of cringe-worthy encounters, and readers hardly need to be a world-famous cartoonist to relate.

Malaka Gharib

Born in Sacramento in 1974, Adrian Tomine is the author of the acclaimed series Optic Nerve, that has been running since 1991. His work has also appeared in the New Yorker and Esquire, among other publications. His books include Shortcomings, which was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2008 IPPYS and was a 2007 New York Times Notable Book, Summer…

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