Just picked up Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings Graphic Novel as an early Christmas present for myself (amongst many). It’s a frakkin piece of work. I thought American Born Chinese by Gene Yang was the piece (it’s still getting awards). As an Asian American artist, Adrian Tomine is badass. You can also see his work in the New Yorker as well as Rolling Stone and Esquire but he’s most noted for his stuff in Optic Nerve. I was a little sad that I missed him here in Philly at the Free Library. Hunting for another opportunity (as well as trying to see MIA in concert tomorrow and the NYC Giant Robot Art Show also featuring Tomine but alas ministry responsibilities…)
Shortcomings just became one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year selected by The New York Times Book Review since it’s release several weeks ago. To me it’s just one Asian American male telling it like it is. Give it to me raw baby.
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