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Graphic novelist Adrian Tomine at the Strand Bookstore

by rania
February 10, 2011 2:29 AM
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02-09-11: Adrian Tomine signs his new book Scenes from an Impending Marriage at the Strand

The graphic novels and comics of Adrian Tomine provide me with an odd sort of solace. His succinct dramas involving complex emotions, from Optic Nerve Mini-Comics to Shortcomings, mine the dark side of human relationships, especially among the young and cool.

Until now.

"Long time readers might be disappointed that it's too sweet-natured," Tomine said of his new book that recounts the wacky foibles of a couple planning their wedding. The cartoonist was at the Strand Bookstore talking about the book, which is based on his own experience preparing for the altar.

Originally created as a handmade-and-stapled wedding favor, the work became a prototype for Scenes from an Impending Marriage. Tomine appears to have left his inner hipster behind in this Peanuts-meets-Family Circus cartoon tale.

A rapt audience peppered him with questions. On his attempt at screenwriting, he said it was "demoralizing," and added, "There's nothing that makes me more excited about drawing comics."

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