The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist

A COMEDIC MEMOIR ABOUT FANDOM, FAME, AND OTHER EMBARRASSMENTS FROM THE LIFE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING CARTOONIST

What happens when a childhood hobby turns into a lifelong career? The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, Adrian Tomine's funniest and most revealing foray into autobiography, offers an array of unexpected answers. When a sudden medical incident lands Tomine in the emergency room, he begins to question if it was really all worthwhile: despite the accolades, awards, and opportunities of a seemingly charmed career, it's the gaffes, humiliations, slights, and insults he's experienced (or caused) within the industry that loom largest in his memory.

But as those memories are delineated in excruciatingly hilarious detail, a different, parallel narrative plays out in the background. In between chaotic book tours, disastrous interviews, and difficult interactions with other artists, life happens: Tomine fumbles his way into marriage, parenthood, and an indisputably fulfilling existence. While mining his conflicted relationship with comics and comics culture, Tomine illustrates the amusing absurdities of life and how we choose to spend our time. Through these cringe-inducing moments, a deeper emotional story emerges, and we see Tomine’s life develop into something much more robust than the blunders.

In a bold departure in style from his award-winning Killing and Dying, Tomine distills his art to the loose, lively essentials of cartooning. His stripped-down lines communicate effortlessly, with each pen stroke economically imbued with human depth. Designed as a sketchbook complete with place-holder ribbon and an elastic band, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist shows an acclaimed artist at the peak of his career.

Title:The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781770463950
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    The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist Reviews

  • aconeyisland

    Vita da autore: presentazioni nel sottoscala con pubblico inesistente, interviste imbarazzanti, gaffes in ogni dove, quelle zanzare dei colleghi. La carta quadrettata dello sfondo ispira poco e Tomine...

  • jeremy

    candid, self-effacing, and equal parts hilarious and embarrassing, adrian tomine's the loneliness of the long-distance cartoonist is a graphic memoir recalling incidents and interactions from over twe...

  • pierlapo quimby

    Tomine abbandona i suoi consueti personaggi e con china nera a punta sottile su carta a quadretti blu ci racconta di sé. Auto-strip-fiction? Una cosa del genere. Esce dalla sua comfort zone, anzi la ...

  • Kaitlin

    Brimming with humour, pathos and comedic self degradation, Tomine’s memoir is shot through with a few running gags: the constant mispronunciation of his surname, being mistaken for or addressed as o...

  • Robert

    O sweet Jesus, this book is so hilariously, mortifyingly funny, any cartoonist will appreciate the sometimes horribly embarrassing situations Tomine describes here. His revealing all of this really pe...

  • Dylan

    Adrian’s work has graced many covers of The New Yorker. He’s captured alienated worker bees, lost city lives, and missed love chances glimpsed through the window of the last train home. Here, he t...

  • G

    I laughed, I cried. I've been a big fan of AT for years so I was already primed to enjoy it, but because it's effectively a series of vignettes casting AT as a neurotic Charlie Brown-type, it's incred...

  • Paul

    Beautiful, melancholy, funny, and human. I loved it....

  • J. Bradley

    This book is amazingly cringy and honest and funny. It makes me want to read more of his work. ...

  • Robert Boyd

    This is an autobiographical account of just about every cringey experience in Adrian Tomine's life. The format is clever--it is designed to look like a moleskin notebook, and the pages have lue gridli...