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Adrian Tomine in Conversation With Randall Park
Wed, Jul. 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Wednesday, July 22, Powell’s Books will host an online conversation with acclaimed author Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve, Killing and Dying) and actor, writer, and director Randall Park, discussing Tomine’s latest work, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist.
What happens when a childhood hobby grows into a lifelong career? The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist (Drawn & Quarterly), 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 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. Tomine illustrates the amusing absurdities of how we choose to spend our time, all the while mining his conflicted relationship with comics and comics culture. But in between chaotic book tours, disastrous interviews, and cringe-inducing interactions with other artists, life happens: he fumbles his way into marriage, parenthood, and an indisputably fulfilling existence. A richer emotional story emerges as his memories are delineated in excruciatingly hilarious detail. The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist shows an acclaimed artist at the peak of his career.
Preorder the book from any indie bookstore in the US or Canada, and email the receipt to Drawn & Quarterly for an exclusive signed bookplate! Details at DrawnandQuarterly.com.