Optic Nerve #13

Optic Nerve #13

Writer: Adrian Tomine Artist: Adrian Tomine Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly Release Date: July 31, 2013 Cover Price: $5.95 Critic Reviews: 3
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Acclaimed cartoonist Adrian Tomine (New York Drawings, Shortcomings) returns with a dazzling new issue of his two-decade-long comic book series! Optic Nerve #13 features three complete stories, each distinct in their tone and visual style. "Go Owls" is a dark comedy about 12-step programs, drug dealing, and minor league baseball. "Translated, from the Japanese," illustrates the diary of a young Japanese mother, caught between two countries and hovering on the precipice of divorce. "Winter, 2012" is an autobiographical glimpse into Tomine's home life and his ongoing struggles with the modern world. Throughout Optic Nerve #13, Tomine channels contemporary zeitgeist and vernacular to produce flawlessly designed, compellingly readable stories.

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    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Jul 31, 2013

    Optic Nerve #13 is as solid a comic as they come, rich with various themes, compelling writing, and excellent design. Its self-contained stories lend themselves to an enjoyable experience for anyone, with no worries about continuity. A definite must for comic appreciators who crave character-driven books that also happen to be lovely to look at. Read Full Review

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    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Aug 2, 2013

    As usual, the only problem with an issue of "Optic Nerve" is that it's over too quickly. Still, after wondering about the relevance of the format in issue #12, two years later he's made sure there's a solid argument for its continued existence right here. Thoughtful, accomplished and deeply layered. It's as good as a comic gets. Read Full Review

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    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Aug 24, 2013

    I cannot recommend Optic Nerve highly enough. At $5.95 for 33 pages, this is the exact kind of thing I'd be complaining about if it was a mainstream super-hero book published at this price point for this amount of content. As it is, I am quite happy to pay the price for the master-crafted work that Tomine puts on the page. The difference is that this is something you will find nowhere else. It is unique. A combination of character-driven storytelling with a crisp art style makes this a “must read” for me whenever a new issue appears. Read Full Review

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