New York Drawings

New York Drawings by Adrian Tomine

I gave this 5 of 5 stars on Goodreads

This book is stunning. It compiles mostly Tomine’s work from The New Yorker (So THAT’S where all those cool images come from!) and a few strips and sketches and other work he’s done since he moved to New York. As a super fan of his comics, I am delighted to fill in the holes with this book. He does a lot of contract work (my favorite being the Super Girls panel for the Weezer poster way back when) I don’t read The New Yorker, so I would never have put this part of his career together without this collection. It’s beautifully done, and don’t skip the notes at the end. Some of the asides are priceless.

Scenes from an Impending MarriageScenes From An Impending Marriage by Adrian Tomine

I gave this 5 of 5 on Goodreads

I hear that this comic isn’t his best work from lots of folks, but since a) I’ve read and loved all his work and b) I feel a kinship to his attitude about most things, I feel qualified to say this book was awesome. I kept cracking up because I imagine that this is EXACTLY what it would be like if I were planning my own wedding. There is a kind of cautiously hopeful misanthropy to it that makes the perfect depiction of the modern couple who has not been imagining their wedding day since childhood and is now faced with making these decisions with no previous visioning. The drawing is simple black line that reminds me a lot of his really early work. It’s a short, delightful lunch break type read that will make you feel all warm inside unexpectedly.