Sunday, June 27, 2004

Nerve central: New York Newsday talks with Adrian Tomine about Scrapbook: Uncollected Work: 1990-2004:

"Unlike the sweaty intensity of R. Crumb or Harvey Pekar, or the obsessive (and at times exhausting) intricacy of Chris Ware, Tomine's drawings are clean and minimalist. Imagine the crisp, angular bodies and buildings found in the drawings of an issue of Highlights for Children, circa 1960, if the stories had been penned by Ann Beattie. What makes Tomine's work so highly readable - I've studied each of the stories in the Summer Blonde collection about six or seven times now - is the psychological acuity in his figures' postures and expressions, and his ear for our most confused, painful conversations."