Review: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist by Adrian Tomine

In his graphic memoir “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Cartoonist,” Adrian Tomine uses a series of autobiographical anecdotes that stretch from childhood to the present day to examine his journey from self-published comic book wunderkind to internationally regarded, award-winning cartoonist.

But this is not a glorious, rags-to-riches tale about an artist who made it. Tomine casts a brutal, cynical, and totally unforgiving lens on his ascendance to comic book “stardom.” He is so self-effacing, you want to wrap him in a hug, tell him it’s okay, he’s forgiven, because actually there’s nothing to forgive: every creative person dogfights with humility and hubris. Through wonderfully simple black-and-white art work that evokes the full spectrum of human emotion, and easy layouts that make panel transitions a breeze, Tomine presents the ever-present fear of failure and uncertainty that governed his creative and personal life.

“The Loneliness of the Long Distance Cartoonist” is an essential companion to every creative’s library, and a deeply personal work from one of comic’s singular voices. In a career full of highlights, this one’s the standout.

ISBN: 9781770463950
ISBN-10: 177046395X
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 21st July 2020
Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45